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2015 Volunteer of the Year

2015 United Nations International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast

The eighth annual International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast was held at the Golden Age Centre on December 4, 2015 where the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau honoured thos who make Grande Prairie and area a pretty fantastic place to live, work and volunteer!  "What we want to do here" says Carol-Anne Pasemko, Executive Director "is to celebrate our volunteers - all of our volunteers.  What better way to do that than to throw a big party?"

Breakfast attendees enjoying pancakes and sasuages courtesy of the Rotary BBQ Team and coffee from Tim Hortons

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Volunteer of the Year award winner Cliff Turner nominated by Odyssey House

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented by Brenda Ricard of Servus Credit Union to Cliff Turner who was nominated by Odyssey House. Cliff got his start at Odyssey House 14 years ago when asked by a friend to help move furniture into the facility.  He couldn't help but notice the conditions the women were living in and knew he had the skills, knowledge and resources to help.  April Weavell of Regatta Communications remarked about this year's winner, "What is most notable about Cliff is that he volunteers quietly, working in the background, his sole aim to give back to the community he has long lived in.  He just quietly rolls up his sleeves and gets the work done."  Cliff has also volunteered for the Grande Prairie and District Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities for 24 years.

 Cliff Turner receiving his Volunteer of the Year Award from Servus Credit Union's Brenda Ricard

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Corporate Volunteer of the Year award winner ATB Financial nominated by STARS 

The recipient of the third annual Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Lionel Frey and Kirstin Harding of Prairie Mall, is ATB Financial which was nominated by STARS.  STARS nominated ATB Financial for the numerous hours contributed by multiple branches in support of their annual events and fundraisers. It is community members such as ATB Financial  that create the sense of community within our City.

As quoted to the Daily Herald Tribune; ATB Director of Business and Agriculture, Jon Anderson said the Hangar Dance is a way for the organization to give back to the community by acting as serving staff and doing any task that is needed.  Anderson said it's "better than writing a cheque" and that volunteering is apart of ATB's corporate culture.

ATB Financial receiving the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award from members of the STARS team

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Winners of the Outstanding Member of the Community Awards were: Tiny Hands of Hope, Maj Photography, Meals on Wheels, Cristy Ellen, and Merv Crouse's work for Coats for Kids.

“GPVSB is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions by all of the nominees during the last year and are grateful to the support and positive impact they have had on the community,” says Chantal Lambert, President of the Grande Prairie Volunteers Services Bureau.”

 

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 Previous Award Winners & Sponsors

Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients:

2014 - Shannon Dunfield, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Program at Grande Prairie Public School District

2013 - Ojone Eche-Ameh, Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers

2012 - Jennifer Douglas, GPVSB/PARDS

2011 - Cheryl Weaver, Regional EMS Foundation

2010 - Roy Bickell, Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative

2009 - Terry McConville, Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Recipients:

2014 - Horizon North Manufacturing

2013 - Servus Credit Union

 

2014 Sponsors


2013 Sponsors

         

2013 Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsors:

Program Sponsor:

Servus Credit Union

Award Sponsor:

Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau

2013 Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsors:

Program Sponsor:

Prairie Mall

Award Sponsor:

Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau

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