The City of Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations have announced the 2023 Volunteer Award winners at the city’s annual volunteer breakfast.
Each year on International Volunteer Day, volunteers gather to highlight nominees for their contribution to their communities through volunteerism.
Bethe Goldie took home the George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award for her 40 years of service across numerous volunteer opportunities.
The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre was recognized as the 2023 Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year and the organization’s President Leonard Auger was named Volunteer of the Year due to his work with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.
MNP LLP was recognized as the 2023 Corporate Volunteer of the Year after their commitment to employee-led volunteerism seen throughout the city.
The city also named eight residents as Leaders of Tomorrow across four categories. Hollow Ruigrok and Robert Nelson for Leadership, Polina Kovalinksa and Alyssa Brown for Volunteerism, Rylee Martin and Jenna Peterson for Advocacy, and Crystal Hepditch and Kenneth Livesey for Perseverance.
Additionally, numerous parties were recognized with Outstanding Citizen Awards at the breakfast.
International Volunteer Day is a worldwide celebration of volunteers and next year’s awards are scheduled to take place again on December 5th, 2024.