Dirham Homes believes in building affordable dreams as well as places a high importance on community efforts within our region. The Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month is designed to recognize and award individuals from the community who have made a difference in our communities, or who pay it forward in the lives of others. 104.7 2Day FM and Dirham Homes have teamed up and are proud to present to you or Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month.

Dirham Homes is a local builder who cares about our community and is taking an active role in supporting it. With almost 40 years in Grande Prairie, Dirham is leading the way in quality and expertise in the housing market. Dirham Homes has built over 2000 homes in our region’s top communities and they offer a wide range of home designs, interior selection, and value added features. Dirham Homes is known for their exceptional quality construction, innovative designs, warranty, and attention to detail throughout the entire home buying process.

Allow Dirham Homes to build your affordable dream. To find out more call Kevin Vobeyda at Remax Grande Prairie at 780-538-4700 or visit Dirhamhomes.com

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Natasha Arsenault
Our Dirham Homes Community Builder for September is Natasha Arsenault. Natasha has been volunteering at Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association for 4 years… and has been the president for over 2 years.
Without Natasha and her volunteer crew, animals across the Peace Country would have no place to go.
On behalf of our team and The Kevin Vobeyda Home Selling Team Real Estate, thanks for everything you do for our community Natasha!

Shae Guy
This month’s Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month is Shae Guy! Shae is a 16 year old student from Charles Spencer High School who helped create a platform to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and positive societal change. The app concept can be found at www.youthempower.org
The purpose behind the concept for Shae, was to connect individuals and build ideas through collaboration.
On behalf of the team here, and The Kevin Vobeyda Home Selling Team Real Estate, thanks for everything you do for our community Shae!

Thomas Robertson
This month’s Dirham Homes Community Builder is Thomas Robertson. Thomas is a 12-year old student from Derek Taylor who was instrumental in bringing a friendship bench to his school. Through door-to-door fundraising, Thomas raised enough money to build the structure, a bench that kids can use when they feel lonely, or need a friend out on the playground.
Thomas says that he was excited to see his idea come to fruition, “It felt really good to see that the bench was there and my idea was actually working. I saw people using it and it was just really cool to see that.”

Hunter Walker
This month’s Dirham Homes Community Builder is Hunter Walker. Hunter is a 14-year old student. He was raised in the Peace Country. Growing up in Grande Prairie, Hunter spent a number of years volunteering for both PARDS, and the Technical Search and Rescue Team. For Hunter, the reward comes from seeing people learn and grow in their own lives.

2Lt. Alex Meadus
This month’s Dirham Homes Community Builder is Second Lieutenant Alex Meadus. Alex is the Training Officer for the Grande Prairie Royal Canadian Air Cadets. His primary role is to plan, create and then implement all aspects of training for over 100 cadets in the area. To Alex, it’s all about building leaders for tomorrow.

Grace Larson
Grace is a Grade 9 student in Grande Prairie who is involved in a number of projects in our community. Whether it’s planning programs for young adults with the Teen Advisory Board at the library, volunteering at Rotary Interact Club or raising money for charities… Grace is all about making a positive impact.

Louis Chabot
Louis Chabot, a teacher at Ecole Nouvelle Frontiere, Louis has been involved in numerous youth projects in our city for many years. Whether it’s the annual Food Bank Drive, coaching with the Cross Country Ski Club or volunteering with local track & field programs, Louis is there for the youth in Grande Prairie.

Tawnya Tourangeau
The February Dirham Homes Community Builder is Tawnya Tourangeau, a pre-school teacher and supervisor for Gymnastics For All. This recreational program is designed for all ages and is tailored for individuals who might need some extra assistance.

Karen Gilkyson
Your January Dirham Homes Community Builder is Karen Gilkyson, the president and co-founder of Tiny Hands of Hope in Grande Prairie.
Tiny Hands of Hope is a society formed to help families touched the tragic loss of an infant. This group is dedicated to providing resources and a sense of community for those families coping with an unimaginable loss.

Doug Edey
Where to begin about Doug Edey. If you haven’t met Doug at an event in Grande Prairie yet, next time you’re at a Storm Game, at a Rotary Luncheon, cheering on Special Olympics, or any event celebrating our community make sure you seek out Doug. He’s not only a great hugger and an all around amazingly positive guy, but he’ll also tell you about all the ways you can volunteer in Grande Prairie!

Doug is a volunteer extraordinaire and is always offering to help, because in his words, “it’s better than sitting at home on your butt.” That is the exact reason Doug Edey is the December Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month!

Melissa Thiessen
Melissa Thiessen is a key part of the Olive Branch and is an excellent example of a Dirham Homes Community Builder.

The Olive Branch takes donations such as furniture, clothing, or anything that anyone could need, and gives them to families getting back on their feet! Melissa and those of the Olive Branch work to create a feeling of home for those struggling here in Grande Prairie.
If you would like to donate, check The Olive Branch Facebook to see what is needed!

Marilyn Hawkes
Dirham Homes is naming Marilyn Hawkes their Community Builder of the Month for October!

Marilyn has been a volunteer with the Saint Lawrence Centre for years, especially with the Saturday Supper Program, which is a program that feeds Grande Prairie’s homeless. While she is helping prepare the dinners she is lighting up the kitchen with her humour, sincerity, and willingness to help.
Thank you, Marilyn, for helping feed the over 70 people who show up for the Saturday Night Supper every week.
For details on the St. Lawrence Centre visit – http://www.saintlawrencecentre.ca/

The Kirk Family
The Kirk Family are an AMAZING representation of what a Dirham Homes Community Builder is! Chantel, Natalie, Kimberly, Jaqueline and the rest of the crew have been performing random acts of kindness throughout our city for years. Their efforts have raised thousands of dollars for a number of charities including the SPCA, Salvation Army and Pregnant and Parenting Teens!
Thank you, Kirk Family!

Veron Boyd
Veron Boyd is August’s Community Builder of the month! He’s the President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Grande Prairie, he’s a big part of Rotary Community here in Grande Prairie as well, and on top of all of that, he’s an assistant hockey coach! Thanks Vernon for being such a pillar in Grande Prairie.

Ron Johnson
This month Dirham Homes is recognizing Ron Johnson as the Community Builder of the Month! Ron is a volunteer with Habitat For Humanity and is a regular face in the ReStore. He also was a part of the building the Habitat Home here in Grande Prairie,  he was there from raising the walls to the putting on the roof. Thanks Ron for always stepping up when your community is in need!

Liz Seig
Dirham Homes want to crown Liz Seig as their Community Builder for June 2016! She is an In-School Mentor and a Big Sister to Jonnie for THREE YEARS! Liz just wants to be a person youth in the community can go to for support and advice. Big Brothers and Big Sisters like to refer to her as a “Champion in Mentoring” with a permanent smile! Thank you, Liz Seig for being a person the youth of GP to look to!

Kensington Harper

Kensington Harper is your Dirham Homes Community Builder for May 2016! Kensington always did bakes sales to support cancer research, and after hearing her dance teachers husband was diagnosed, she rolled up her sleeves and started baking. With the help of her family on the baking Kensington raised over $5000! And at 10 years old!

Thank you Kensington for all your hard work!

Anika Lucas
Dirham Homes would like to recognize this months community builder, Anika Lucas. She is a fund raising power house with a grand total of $21,000, and at only 11 years old! Anika has dedicated weekends, missed ski trips, and spent a total of 73 hours volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta from April – November 2015. Did we mention April marks 1 year of volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta for Anika? Congrats Anika Lucas!

You might recognize this month’s Dirham Home’s Community Builder.
Tenille is the reason that the Sunrise House is a service for youth in Grande Prairie. For 7 years she has been responsible for the Big Hearts for Big Kids charity concert. In 2010, before the first Big Hearts for Big Kids, the Sunrise House was forced to shut down. Thanks to Tenille, a few months later the Sunrise House was able to open again with funds raised that night!
As of 2016, she has raised $1 million and still has time for her country music career.
Congratulations, and thank you Tenille!

Kaylee Galipeau
Kaylee Galipeau is this months Community Builder! Kaylee was the National Youth Commissioner with Scouts Canada for 3 years and recently passed the torch on. Kaylee wants to inspire youth around Grande Prairie to see themselves as leaders of now and the future. She does plan to start volunteering back in Grande Prairie after she gets married, and her honeymoon. Kaylee was awarded a certificate and $100 gift card for her amazing efforts in our community. Thanks to Dirham Homes and The Kevin Vobeyda Home Selling Team Real Estate for helping us recognize another amazing individual in our city!

April Parker
April Parker
April Parker is our next Dirham Homes Community Building of the Month! April is the head angel at Grande Prairie Secret Angels. April alongside all her volunteers and various sponsors, help to make sure that Christmas is still possible for families who need help this season. She matches nominated families with sponsors who make the families Christmas wish list a reality. April was awarded a certificate and $100 gift card for her amazing efforts in our community. Thanks to Dirham Homes and The Kevin Vobeyda Home Selling Team Real Estate for helping us recognize another amazing individual in our city!

Stephanie Reeves
Stephanie Reeves
Congrats to Stephanie Reeves! She’s the Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month for November!Stephanie rallied a bunch of people to collect snacks and books for local school children in need! It was all a part of Random Act of Kindness Day and the team gathered a PALLET full of goodies for kids in GP!

August Winner
Angela Bowditch
The Technical Search and Rescue Association out of Grande Prairie is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The group of volunteers was formed in 1995 to help out the RCMP, and has become an essential resource for finding missing people, recovering bodies, and finding evidence. They’re on call 24/7 365 days a year and cover an area that stretches from northwestern Alberta to the MD of Wood Buffalo. Training unit leader Angela Bowditch has been nominated by her peers for August’s Dirham Homes Community Builder. Bowditch was instrumental in organizing a 20th-anniversary gala last month and is responsible for ongoing training to keep the team at an operational level.

Shannon Dunfield
The Dirham Home’s Community Builder for the month of July is Shannon Dunfield. Shannon was their Volunteer of the Year for 2014 but continues to make a great impact on the community. Most recently, she “headed up a peewee hockey team to play in the Alberta Native Hockey Provincials – the first time a Peace region team has been enrolled, because no one had taken the time to find out if it was possible until Dunfield undertook the task. Shannon Dunfield is heading up a girls’ team for the Alberta Indigenous Games in July. She has a can-do attitude, but Shannon also expressed that one should “never take for granted community support.”

A big thank you to Shannon Dundfield for her time and hard work that’s been put in this last year! Shannon will receive a gift card and certificate, courtesy of Dirham Homes, who every month is recognizing community leaders and those who pay it forward.

Hailey Winnicky-Lewis
June’s Dirham Homes Community Builder of the Month is Hailey Winnicky-Lewis! Hailey recently organized a flag football tournament is in memory of her close friend and St. Joe’s football player Colby Smith, who passed away in April after a four-year battle with cancer. Through it, she raised money for the Pay it Forward Fund, which will go to students in St. Joe’s High School who need financial assistance to participate in their given sport or specialty. Hailey hopes to make it an annual event, to keep Colby’s spirit in the community’s hearts and help more students. She was also a youth advocate for Mighty Peace Day, helping get other teens involved and organizing the major event. To recognize her efforts, Hailey will receive a gift card and certificate, courtesy of Dirham Homes. Every month, Dirham Homes and 2day FM will announce one member of the Peace Region who has shown an extra effort to make our community better.