In 2015 the Prairie Central District launched the re-vamped Volunteer Recognition Program. This program is targeted at community volunteers who have volunteered with several initiatives over an extended period of time, and have made a meaningful impact on their community. The purpose of the program is to demonstrate the importance and value that volunteers provide in the areas of sport, culture and recreation through public recognition.
The program will feature two nomination deadline dates per year of April 15th and September 15th. There will be one award recipient for each nomination deadline. The award recipients will receive a grant of $1000, to be utilized in the area of that person’s volunteering efforts (within sport, culture and recreation) while following the guidelines (ex: An individual who has been volunteering on a community Arts Council receives the award and uses the grant funds for an initiative such as art classes for seniors.)
If you are interested in nominating a volunteer in your community, the nomination form and guidelines can be found below. Please read through the guidelines prior to filling out the nomination form. For more information on the program email email@example.com
Let’s celebrate volunteer’s by thanking them for all they do! Let’s plan for April 7-13 Volunteer Appreciation Week in Canada. Click here to check out Volunteer Canada’s Campaign Kit to assist you with your plans.
Did you know?
- It’s estimated that volunteers added over two billion hours to Canada’s work effort in 2017.
- Canada’s volunteer contribution was valued at $55.9 billion in 2017—equivalent to 2.6 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
September 2018 Winner – Robert (Bob) Wilson of Silton
The recipient for the September 15, 2018 Volunteer Recognition Program Award from Prairie Central District is Bob Wilson of Silton.
April 2018 Winner – Sylvia Chave of Delisle
On Friday September 7th, 2018, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented Sylvia Chave of Delisle with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
Sylvia is a very instrumental and important part of Delisle both as a committed volunteer and event organizer. Sylvia has been a member of the Recreation Board for several years, and has played an integral role in organizing community events. Some of the organizations and groups that Sylvia has been involved with over the years include: Forever in Motion, Yoga, Festival of Lights, Harvest Fest, Project Runway Delisle, Winterfest, Holly Jolly Jingle
Sylvia has been a mentor for the Recreation Director, being a community ambassador to keep the community active, involved and thriving. This, along with her positive and uplifting spirit made her a well-deserved recipient of this
Along with the VRP award, Sylvia received a $1000 grant which was used towards the purchase of new tables to be utilized at community events.
The Prairie Central District congratulates Sylvia on her many contributions to the community of Delisle!
September 2017 Winner- The Original Humboldt Committee
On Tuesday November 14th, 2017, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented the Original Humboldt Committee with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
The Original Humboldt Committee was formed in 2008 with the goal of securing, preserving, and developing the Original Humboldt site. Since that time the committee members have taken an 80 acre parcel of prairie land and developed it into a fascinating living heritage site.
Some of the committee’s volunteer accomplishments include:
- Work on several different art installations at the site, including replicas of the original Telegraph Station, Ducharme House, a Military Camp where Chief Whitecap was captured during the NorthWest Rebellion, two Tipis, and a Red River Cart.
- Creating a public access area, and walking trails for visitors to tour the various art installations
- Archaeological work; including hosting two archaeological field study projects in 2017. One of these was targeted at youth, and have over 285 students excavate at the site during one week in June.
- Raising funds to purchase the land where the site is currently located, returning the area to natural grass, landscape maintenance, fence construction, providing tours, creating printed publications, and more.
This project is inspirational for the thousands of small city museums across Canada that strive to harness the passion and conviction of volunteers and community to create an inclusive and imaginative world-class site. When this project began, there was nothing but a field with some proposed archaeological material beneath the surface and potential stories. Through the volunteer committee’s passion and hard work, thoughtful and professional research, the stories have emerged, the connections with communities developed, and the interpretation derived through creative presentation.
Along with the VRP award, the committee received a $1000 grant which was utilized for landscaping equipment to help maintain the outdoor heritage site.
The Prairie Central District would like to congratulate the committee members Dennis Korte, Edward Novecosky, Reynold Fortowsky, Rev Alvin Hingley, and Garry Jenkins on being recognized as outstanding community volunteers.
Photo: L-R: ‘Original Humboldt Committee” members:
Dennis Korte, Rev Alvin Hingley, Reynold Fortowsky, Edward Novecosky, & Garry Jenkins with Jaret Dezotell, PCD Community Consultant
Original Humboldt Site – Public Entrance
April 2017 Winner- Edie Thompson of Coteau Beach
On Saturday September 2nd, 2017, Jaret Dezotell representing the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, presented Edie Thompson of Coteau Beach with a Volunteer Recognition Program (VRP) Award.
Edie’s volunteerism efforts as President of the Coteau Beach Community Club include:
- Helping to spearhead fundraising efforts for new playground equipment
- Starting a community newsletter
- Instrumental in organizing to have the tennis court resurfaced as well as having a basketball net installed
- Attending grant writing workshops and taking the lead on successfully obtaining a $25,000 grant to replace the roof at the Community Centre
- Organizing a project to install underground sprinklers at the Clarke Pavilion, Community Park, and mini golf.
- Organizing a project to install new turf at the park, along with benches and picnic tables
The District has also worked a lot with Edie and the Coteau Beach community over the years. In 2010, with assistance from the District, Edie started up a children`s summer youth program which has now grown to 2 days a week and 4 youth helpers. She has received several grants from the District over the years, for initiatives such as; Swimming Lessons at the lake, Junior Golf clinic and tournament, bricks 4 kids program, Family Day in the park, Children’s summer programming, and more.
Along with the VRP award, Edie received a $1000 grant which was utilized for a Summer Fun Program at Coteau this past summer. The four leaders of the program also attended a High Five & Play Leadership workshop which was hosted by the District and the Town of Outlook.
The Prairie Central District congratulates Edie on her many contributions to the community of Coteau Beach and surrounding areas.