The YMCA is one of the world's largest volunteer organizations. The YMCA of Northern Alberta alone relies on 600-800 volunteers a year giving 25,000-30,000 hours.
Every year our YMCA recognizes outstanding volunteer achievements with the YMCA Volunteer Awards, named in honour of Bill Rees. Bill has been a YMCA member and volunteer for the last 50 years. For over 20 years, Bill has been a full-time volunteer with the YMCA of Northern Alberta, working in fundraising and relationship development.
Congratulations to the 2013 Bill Rees Volunteer Award Recipients!
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- Ami Singh, Storyteller & Financial Development Volunteer
A YMCA volunteer since 2010, Ami Singh has contributed over 100 hours of volunteer work, helping to raise funds for the YMCA Welcome Village Capital Campaign. She has worked closely with the YMCA Relationship Development Team in connecting her colleagues in the medical community, forging new and lasting relationships.
- Barbara Savoia, Spirit Volunteer
Generous to a fault, Barbara Savoia embodies the very soul of the YMCA. She has kindly prepared and cooked countless meals for staff, committee and board members since 2000. She exemplifies the spirit of giving through her caring, honesty, and selflessness.
- Doug Schindel, Policy Volunteer
Over the past eight years, Doug Schindel has been an outstanding leader, serving as a board volunteer. Doug played a pivotal role in the opening of the successful YMCA Welcome Village, a task that involved numerous commitments over and above the responsibilities of the board chair.
- Dr. John Lilley, Volunteer of the Year
John Lilley has been a YMCA volunteer since 1999. Since then, he's served as the board chair, the chair for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, and most recently the chair for the YMCA Welcome Village Capital Campaign. A community leader passionate about philanthropy, John reached out to his colleagues in the medical community, educating them on the YMCA's impact and inviting them to give generously to the YMCA Welcome Village. Thanks to his vision and energy, the Welcome Village Campaign surpassed its original goal of $3.3 million by $1 million.
- Steve Gray, Program Volunteer
Steve's dedication to the YMCA is an inspiration to staff, members, and volunteers. He donates 10 or more hours every week at the William Lutsky Family YMCA, helping out where ever he can. Steve's knowledge, warmth, and enthusiasm are an incredible asset for the William Lutsky YMCA.
- Victor Do, Youth Volunteer
Victor has been volunteering in the YMCA International Program, spreading awareness of international themes and issues to members. He also volunteers at the Jamie Platz Family YMCA, where he has demonstrated leadership and creativity in developing a homework club for elementary-aged children.
Past Bill Rees Volunteer Award Recipients:
- Desiree Kushniruk
- Brian Beresh
- Bob Roloff
- Bryan Smith
- Fred Breeuwsma
- Wanda Wetterberg
- Jared Hagen
- Jim McEachern
- Sarah Wu
- Konrad Lehmann
- Mike Stewart
- Marie Olah
- Michelle Addo
- Benjamin Meakin
- Gary Jones
- Brandon Brost
- Gerry Drover
- Daniel Kiskaroly
- Rachel Milner
- Hector Pothier
- Christine Yakel
- Cassidy Russell
- Debbie Sonego
- Trudy Housen
- Cathy & Bill Suen
- Jerry McKenna
- Maggie Allen
- Gord Hearn
- Deanne Whittle
- Shirley Barry
- Mary Thomas
- Peter Collum
- Doris Ruiter
- Chris Berard
- Neil Chymko
- Ashley Reyner
- Laurel Shuttleworth
- Joan Batten
- Randy Lee
- Debra Capon
- Jadeene Wheaton
- Castle Downs Recreation Society
- Greg Polkosnik
- Susan Lemieux
- Max Scharfenberger
- Jack Mulkins
- Caitlynn Reesor
- Dan Slaght
- Mary Veilleux
- Cam Barrett
Bill Rees YMCA Volunteer Awards Recognition Criteria and On-line Nomination Form
Bill Rees YMCA Volunteer Awards
Recognition Criteria and Nomination Form
Volunteers are the Key to the YMCA’s Success
The Bill Rees YMCA Volunteer Awards celebrate volunteers who inspire,
empower and engage others in making our community a better place to live, work and play.
NOMINATE A VOLUNTEER IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES
DEADLINE Friday, March 15, 2013. Click here for a downloadable pdf form that can be printed off and mailed in. See link above for On-line Nomination Form.
Policy Volunteer: Someone who makes an outstanding contribution to YMCA governance.
Program and Service Volunteer: Someone who makes a difference in a YMCA of Northern Alberta program or service.
Story Tellers and Financial Development Volunteers: Someone who raises the profile and awareness of the YMCA's mission as a valued community charity.
Youth Volunteer: A young person (25 years of age and younger) who provides leadership and makes a significant contribution to the YMCA through programs or other means.
Spirit Volunteer: Someone who brings to life the YMCA mission through all that they do.
Volunteer of the Year: A person who demonstrates and models a consistent and profound commitment to the YMCA of Northern Alberta. This commitment goes beyond the normal scope of his or her role with the association.
Anyone involved with the YMCA may nominate a candidate from their branch by submitting the Nomination form (2 pages with narrative) to the Bill Rees YMCA Volunteer Awards Committee by:
YMCA of Northern Alberta
300, 10030 – 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0G5
Fax: 780 428-9469
The Nominator and Award Recipients will be notified at least one month before the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Event. The awards will be presented at the Volunteer Recognition Event In conjunction with the YMCA of Northern Alberta Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.