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Mick Bayko Nominated by Scouts Canada

Mick CIA

On a warm mid-March evening, at the Elks Lodge, the GPVSB surprised our latest Caught in the Act nominee Mick Bayko, while he was preparing for his Scouts Group meeting.  Nominated by Scouts Canada Mick volunteers as the organization’s Group Commissioner of the 3rd Grande Prairie Scout Group.

Mick started his scout volunteering as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader when his son joined their local group.  Spending time with his son, enjoying the great outdoors and helping other youths, Mick moved on to become a Cub Leader for 3 years then a Scout Leader for 1.  Now Mick is currently in his 2nd year as Group Commissioner were he supervises the group’s weekly events, activities, meetings and quality programs, ensuring a safe environment for 72 youths in the group and providing support to section leaders.  While working a full time job, taking care of his family, and volunteering at the Wapiti Nordic Centre’s Mountain Bike and Biathlon programs, Bayko still manages to be a fulltime Scout.  Mick states he wouldn’t know what to do with his free time if he wasn’t volunteering.  “Being part of Scouts is very rewarding not only do you get to share your knowledge with the younger generation but you have the opportunity to learn new things as well” states Mick.  As local interest in Scouting grows Mick hopes more volunteers will join Scouts as there is a waiting list of kids wanting to sign up with the group.  

Praised by friends and family for his dedication to the Scouts, Mick is inspired by the young members in the 3rd GP Scout Group.  “It’s amazing to see what these kids can accomplish” he says, “keep them, their parents and volunteers focused on a goal, they work their hardest to accomplish it.”  The biggest achievement realized so far is the group successfully raised funds to send 24 Scouts, 7 Leaders and 2 offer-of-service volunteers to the 2017 Canadian Scouts Jamboree, a weeklong event in Nova Scotia, hosting Scouts, ages 11 to 14, from across Canada and the world.  Mick takes great pride in being a mentor to the Scouts in his group, stating “these kids grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow, and Scouts help them learn about being part of the community, how important it is to help others, and lead  healthy active lifestyles.”  Mick looks forward to the future of scouting as Scout Canada introduces the Canadian Path which focus on more youth led activities and programs to help scouts grow even more into future leaders.

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Mick Bayko for his hard work and dedication to Scouts Canada, the 3rd Grande Prairie Scout Group and being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more information about Scouts Canada visit their website at http://www.scouts.ca/.

The GPVSB would like to thank Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria for sponsoring Caught in the Act and supporting the volunteers in our community.

Grande Prairie Legal Guidance 2nd Annual Legal Advice Blitz

By Tanya Ruigrok


On January 21, 2017, 9 volunteer lawyers provided a total of 35 hours of free legal advice to Grande Prairie’s low to moderate income population at our 2nd Legal Advice Blitz.   

The blitz was born with one lawyer, Derek Van Tassell of Stringam LLP, volunteering to come in for an entire day to help clean up a backlog of clients that had accumulated.  The GPLG coordinator sent out a request to the other lawyers to come and give him a hand and was delighted to see responses from 5 lawyers immediately volunteering to help out.  We quickly gave it a name – “The Legal Advice Blitz” (thanks to Nathan Fry of Hayes & Fry) and decided to open the day up to the community.  It went very well with 30 clients booked and seen in a 5 hour period.  The feedback from the lawyers and the clients was extremely positive so the decision was made to make it an annual event.

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Dawne Torrance Nominated by Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens

Volunteer Dawne Torrence - Caught in the Act

Sitting in a darkened First Steps Nursery during quiet time Volunteer Dawne Torrance smoothly rocks back and forth cradling a sleeping infant.  With a flip of a light switch the room becomes an obstacle course as little feet move quickly to find a toy and place to play.  Child Care staff and other volunteers attend the active toddlers and infants as Dawne continues to rock and soothe her napping friend.  On an unusually warm Wednesday afternoon in November Dawne was ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering and took some time to speak with GPVSB about her work with the Society to Support Pregnant and Parenting Teens.

Read more: Caught in the Act - Dawne Torrance


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