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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.

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Edghill Gerrick Nominated by Amanda Hickok

Gerrick CIAOn a wet and cold September evening the GP Raiders, of the Peace Country Bantam Football League (PCBFL), run drills to warm-up before they start practice at the Alexzander Forbes School football field.  Volunteer Coach Edghill Gerrick, this month’s ‘Caught in the Act’, helps arriving players with their gear and took some time to talk with the GPVSB about his volunteer work.

Gerrick, a lifelong football fan, started playing the sport in high school and the game has been an active part of his life as both a player or volunteer ever since.  Helping with his son’s Atom Football team (ages 7 to 10) coaches there asked if was interested in coaching a team in the Bantam league (ages 12 to 15).  Inspired by the dedication of his son’s coach and others who volunteer within both leagues, Edghill accepted.  Coaching the Raiders for a year now it is evident that Gerrick loves football and wants to share his passion for the game with younger generations.  Fairly new to being a coach he hopes he can portray what the game is really about to his team, commitment, teamwork and fair play.  He is surprised at how talented these kids are at such a young age.  “It’s wicked to see the development at this age, you show them something or make a suggestion and they adapt their game instantly” enthuses Gerrick.  He really enjoys watching the kids succeed playing the game and having as much fun has he does coaching them, and knowing that he is helping the kids in the community is an added benefit.

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Michelle Sutley Nominated by Spinal Cord Injury Alberta

Michelle Sutley - Caught in the ActWhen meeting Michelle Sutley for the first time at the Spinal Cord Injury Alberta office, located at the Eastlink Centre, she was hard at work writing a letter to Chris Warkentin, M.P. for Grande Prairie – Mackenzie, about Accessible Canada, which promotes equality, services, and initiatives related to accessibility and persons with disabilities.  Michelle has a long association with SCI Alberta, and after volunteering at the QEII Hospital after 91/2 years, visiting patients with Alberta Health Services, Michelle was asked if she was interested at volunteering for SCI Alberta.  Already a weekly visitor to the office to use their special computer equipment Michelle agreed and now picks up and delivers the organizations mail every week.  She also volunteers with the Wolverines Wheelchair Basketball Association located next door.

Michelle’s volunteer work is more than just getting the mail. Speaking with Mieke de Groot, SCI Alberta’s Regional Program Coordinator and Team Lead, she says, ”Michelle offers a subtle form of community development”; de Groot states, “Michelle is a good Self-Advocate and her presence at the Eastlink Centre helps to break down barriers by engaging the staff & patrons and by creating awareness of life with spinal cord injuries.” Michelle enjoys her time interacting and meeting new people at the Eastlink Centre, she likes the feeling of self-worth and independence helping others and raising awareness gives her. 

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