Award Recipient

Congratulations to all of the National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients!

Please join us in celebrating the National Philanthropy Day award recipients and reading their inspiring stories.  


Robert Rosen

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area |

Robert Rosen is a hard-working and motivated man, with a knack for seeing the big picture. A world traveller with strong ties to community, Mr. Rosen has a special affinity for the arts. When considering how to recognize a significant milestone in his company’s history, he supported the children and youth of Edmonton’s Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters. He continues to ensure that the arts are accessible to those who are most in need of the inspiration it can provide. Because of Mr. Rosen, hundreds of children experienced the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, and Art Gallery of Alberta first hand. Mr. Rosen had no need for public acknowledgement, choosing instead to celebrate in the way his parents, whose legacy he has successfully carried to its 75th year.

Louisa Lu

Canadian Music Competition |

As Vice President of the Edmonton Chapter and National Board Director of the Canadian Music Competition (CMC), Louisa is a phenomenal philanthropist who has performed fundraising concerts for the CMC Edmonton Chapter, all while selling tickets, engaging sponsors, and marketing concerts. She has enabled young, talented classical musicians from Edmonton to devote themselves to music. Louisa has also fundraised over $700 for the Hair Massacure, cutting her hair and donating patient wigs to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. In addition, she volunteers at the Canadian Blood Services, Strathcona Place 55+ Centre, and Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre. Louisa’s exceptional contributions as a philanthropist around the community earned her the Community Service Award from the Alberta Education Music Fund.

The Corbett Family

CKUA Radio Foundation |

It’s a relationship that spans generations and all began with a dream to deliver University to the people. Dr. E.A. (Ned) Corbett was passionate about bringing education and “good music” to Albertans, and helped launch CKUA Radio in 1927. CKUA continues Corbett’s legacy of using radio to ‘serve the community’. The Corbett Family’s passion for radio continues with Dr. Corbett’s niece, Nancy Corbett-Lord, who still listens to and generously supports CKUA. Mrs. Lord’s nieces and Dr. Corbett’s great-great nieces, Mary and Helen Corbett, are also supporters of CKUA. Mary and her spouse Graeme Dales were key volunteers and donors throughout CKUA’s recent Capital Campaign. CKUA Radio is thrilled to honour the Corbett Family for creating and sustaining a uniquely Albertan cultural institution that serves our community through the power of music.

ATB Financial

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra |

ATB Financial is a leader in the community for their commitment to support organizations and causes that improve accessibility to the arts, expose underserved populations to cultural experiences, showcase Alberta’s rich arts and culture and raise community profile, or help create a sense of self through discovering creative skills. Since 2010, ATB Financial has been a strong supporter of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Through their sponsorship, our events have grown and our ability to reach a broader cross-section of the community has flourished. Thanks to their support, the ESO has been empowered to put on Symphony in the City, now in its third year. It is because of their generosity, and commitment to making arts and culture accessible, that this and so many other events can be brought to the community.

Kayla Shoctor

The Citadel Theatre |

Kayla Shoctor is a true believer in the arts and has been an instrumental part of the success of the Citadel Theatre since 1965. Her generosity is unsurpassed, and her dedication to the Citadel Theatre knows no bounds. Not only does Kayla support the Citadel Theatre, but she also supports various charities throughout our community showing her continued dedication to the people of Edmonton. The Citadel Theatre would like to thank Kayla for her incredible service, enthusiasm and support!

Guy Merserau & Darren Baumgardner

Alberta Cancer Foundation |

Since 1989, the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic has raised an incredible $12.6 million dollars that has directly benefited research and patient care at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Led entirely by a group of passionate volunteers, these ambassadors have ensured that patients facing cancer in Alberta have access to groundbreaking new therapies, technology and care. The Alberta Cancer Foundation would like to formally recognize Guy Merserau & Darren Baumgardner as the 2016 Co-Chairs of the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic. Their dedication, volunteerism and passion is truly making life better for patients facing cancer.

Donna Gallagher

Alberta Cancer Foundation |

Donna Gallagher is a dedicated volunteer and ambassador for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Donna is dependable, and generously shares her time to a variety of events. Donna goes above and beyond to be a warm, cheerful, and knowledgeable member of any volunteer team and reliably commits to any task put in front of her. Events such as Bust a Move, Climb of Hope, and the Allan Beach Triathlon, among others, wouldn’t be possible without her. Thank you, Donna, for your generosity, commitment and for standing alongside every Albertan who is diagnosed with cancer.


Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area |

In 1959, Frank Flaman started the Flaman company in Saskatchewan, which now span five provinces. Frank Flaman has always been a philanthropist and charitable work is core to the company he founded. A large part of Flaman’s profit goes directly to the Frank Flaman Foundation to help provide the basic necessities for children and families. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area is one small piece of their work to support communities. For nearly 10 years, they have supported the Lobster Lovers Gala and provide additional donations to support our kids and families. In addition, each year Flaman sends 14 employees to Guatemala to participate in community development. We are truly grateful, to be included in Flaman’s vision of community investment.


Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area |

TELUS is passionate about investing in programs that allow the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. From funding daily snacks for kids at our after school programs, to sponsoring our Lobster Lovers Gala annually, they have been a sustaining partner for our children and families. Over and above their financial support, TELUS has invested their time which includes encouraging employees to be a mentor or club volunteer and group volunteering at our annual Family Picnic. In addition to supporting our agency, TELUS donates more than one per cent of pre-tax profits to charitable organizations each year. Through the Team TELUS Charitable Giving program, team members, retirees, board members and retail dealers support causes they care about and TELUS matches their donations.

John Caputo and the Edmonton Sun

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton |

Fundraising champions, community supporters and a creative leader who is as innovative as he is action and results orientated. These terms best describe John Caputo, Postmedia Regional Vice-President, and his team at the Edmonton Sun. They have been steadfast supporters of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton in various ways. Through their support as a media partner, the Edmonton Sun has consistently delivered the message of the Christmas Bureau. Knowing there was a greater need in 2015, John Caputo started a new Christmas tradition – The Little Italy Christmas Luncheon – raising enough money to support 260 Edmonton families with a festive meal. The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton would like to recognize John Caputo and the Edmonton Sun for their outstanding contribution to our organization and the Edmonton community as a whole.

Crestwood Veterinary Clinic

Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society |

Ensuring that community services continue to grow and flourish is exactly what Crestwood Veterinary Clinic does for Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society. Since 2003, Crestwood has been providing the best quality veterinary services for DWW puppies and dogs in training. Their knowledgeable vets ensure that the dogs are always at their optimum learning capacity and have proved to be valuable advisors for the DWW breeding program. They take the time to meet with new assistance dog and are always on-call for questions and emergencies. In addition to great service, the owners and staff at Crestwood Veterinary Clinic have adopted DWW as one of their charitable causes, attending fundraising events and proudly sponsoring several trainees.

Mr. Stanley A. Milner

Edmonton Public Library |

Stanley A. Milner has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the Edmonton community and learning through his championing support of the Edmonton Public Library. During his time as chair of the Edmonton Public Library Board, he advocated for a new central downtown branch, which opened in 1967. Over the past 50 years, Mr. Milner has contributed over $1 million to the Edmonton Public Library, and this year, he has agreed to lead the campaign to revitalize the Stanley A. Milner Library as the Honourary Chair and a lead donor. Mr. Milner has also involved himself in many positions in organizations throughout the city of Edmonton and his generosity and spirit have left a significant mark in our community.

Eric Haug

Edmonton Public Schools Foundation |

As a young man, Eric Haug caught the printing bug while helping out at his brothers’ printing firm. That positive experience led him to purchase Printing Impression & Graphics. Eric is a strong believer in giving back to the community, and is always eager to support Edmonton’s non-profit organizations. He has provided support to local charities including Lurana Shelter, Excel Society, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation, Valley Zoo Development Society, and Sorrentino’s Garlic Stomp. Eric also volunteers for causes such as Habitat for Humanity, Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers, Ronald McDonald House, and Edmonton Food Bank. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation, provides sponsorship for the Foundation’s print materials, and enthusiastically attends the openings of full-day Kindergarten classrooms and yearly Ready for Life Breakfast fundraisers.

Edmonton Transit Service - Stuff a Bus

Edmonton's Food Bank |

ETS Stuff a Bus was born 22 years ago when ETS employee Sharon Gingara was inspired by university students filling a car with food. Today, the event occurs at all 15 Save on Foods Edmonton locations. No matter the weather, ETS volunteers are enthusiastically supporting this event collecting donations. It is a hallmark event of Edmonton’s winter season and in 2015 ETS Stuff a Bus raised $23,876 and 22,293 kilograms of food. This spring, ETS organized a Stuff a Bus campaign in less than a week to provide support during a time of additional pressure caused by the Fort McMurray Fire. This helped ensure the Food Bank was able to meet added demands during a time of greater need in our community.

CBC Turkey Drive

Edmonton's Food Bank |

A turkey is a symbol of the holiday season and is an important tradition for many Edmontonians. For twenty years, the CBC Turkey Drive has raised food and funds for the Edmonton Food Bank to ensure people in need are able to have a festive holiday meal. In 2015, thanks to the generous donations of CBC listeners, we were able to supply agencies with over 1,900 turkeys and ingredients providing over 18,000 people with festive meals. To date, it has raised more than $3 million dollars. In addition to providing food hampers for over 20,000 individuals and families, these dollars are essential to helping us provide our 230 agencies, which include churches and schools, with food to make over 500,000 meals and snacks all year round.

The Grocery People (TGP)

Edmonton's Food Bank (Edmonton Gleaners Association) |

The Grocery People Ltd (TGP) value their customers and the communities in which they serve. They are always asking themselves how they can better serve everyone, including Edmonton’s Food Bank. Food donations are collected at their distribution centre as well as food drives at store level. Over Christmas 2015, TGP held a staff appreciation shopping night, and raised $6,450 from their silent auction in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. In addition to advocacy, food and monetary donations, TGP staff made a field trip to the Food Bank. This past April, nine TGP employees arrived at Edmonton’s Food Bank to volunteer their time assembling food hampers. Together, they assembled approximately 60 hampers. Both on a corporate and personal level, we are humbled by the supportive friendship and generosity extended by TGP.

Steve W Laut

Habitat For Humanity Edmonton |

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) is committed to helping create sustainable communities where they operate. Affordable housing is an issue that extends beyond the city of Edmonton and affects many northern Alberta communities. Thankfully, CNRL has stepped up to meet this need with their generous support of the Habitat Program of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. Their support has allowed Habitat to provide safe, decent, and affordable homeownership to deserving families in our northern Alberta communities. CNRL has helped build homes in Hinton, Edson, Slave Lake, and Cold Lake. Their involvement goes beyond financial as they also encourage their employees to further engage in their communities through volunteerism. Habitat Program in northern Alberta is driven by dedicated volunteers, including CNRL employees, who generously give of their time and hard work.

John Chomiak

MacEwan University |

John Chomiak started his philanthropic journey by tutoring students in physics while studying engineering at SAIT. Since then John has become a Rotarian, father and the CEO of a sustainable and energy-efficient engineering firm, Hemisphere Engineering. His willingness to serve and commitment to supporting organizations that are significant contributors to the community has resulted in his involvement with a variety of public and private development, education, and healthcare projects, including MacEwan University . Over the years, the Chomiak family have been key supporters in education at MacEwan, contributing to scholarships and bursaries and most recently John has committed himself to the MacEwan University capital campaign cabinet for the new Centre for Arts and Culture.

The Jeffrey Zorn Memorial Bonspiel

Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta |

Celebrating its 6th year of fundraising, The Jeffrey Zorn Memorial Bonspiel is held annually in Drayton Valley. Teams get together to curl, play games and have a great weekend filled with wonderful memories. Funds raised support Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta as the Foundation made Jeff’s wish come true. Jeff had a life-threatening medical condition from birth and passed away at 24. His wish to go on a Mexican Cruise was granted when Jeff was 17 years old. The bonspiel is the Zorn family’s way of catching up with friends and family, giving back to their local community, and remembering Jeff. Since 2011, the Jeffrey Zorn Memorial Bonspiel has raised almost $90,000 and created a wonderful legacy for their son, Jeffrey.

The Valleyview Cup

Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta |

The Valleyview Cup is a recreational hockey tournament in support of Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta, and helps to grant wishes for kids in the Peace Country. The tournament began in 2008 and has raised over $115,000 for charities including Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta, The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and a local victims assistance program in Valleyview. Once just an 8 team event, The Valleyview Cup has grown to a full 16 team 2 division tournament with participants from all over the Peace Country and as far as Camrose and Lethbridge. Celebrating 5 years of granting wishes, The Valleyview Cup has created valuable awareness of the Make-A-Wish mission in their community and has granted 8 wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Monita Chapman

After losing her step-dad to cancer, Monita Chapman, owner of a local meal preparation company called Simply Supper, decided to create a philanthropic arm of her business and created the Simply Supper Helps committee. Each spring, a call for nominations is sent out to the community to find families who could use some assistance. In 2016, 65 families were given over 1,100 meals. A committee of volunteers helps Monita coordinate this initiative with support from Simply Supper team members. Monita has also created another event, focused on involving children in giving back. Simply Supper Helps Lemonade Stand day is a one day, city-wide lemonade stand with proceeds going to children’s charities. In 2015, 88 stands raised over $22,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Monita’s spirit of giving back to the community is simply amazing and inspiring.

James H. Brown

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta |

James H. Brown has been a supporter of Spinal Cord Injury Alberta programs for over twenty years, raising funds in support of individuals with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities through sponsorship and volunteerism. His commitment to seriously injured persons and their families comes from first-hand experience. Through James’ struggle back to health he has never forgotten these experiences. James’ commitment to the community is evident through his support of the Brain Care Centre, STARS, Bissell Centre, and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. He is always ready to step up to the plate and help communities locally and abroad, wherever the need. He recently received an award from the Brain Care Centre for 25 years of support. He is a man who truly walks the walk.

Leslie Tanzi

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta |

Over the past six years, Leslie Tanzi has donated countless hours to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (SCI). She is actively involved with every major event held including Red Carpet Affair, Golf Tournaments, and the Chair – Leaders campaign. Leslie also dedicates her time to countless other charities around Edmonton and area. In 2011, Leslie set up the Tanzi Family Foundation to support charities that provide treatment, care or comfort, equipment, rehabilitation programs, protect the well-being of animals, provide care for orphaned animals and research or educate on the detection, prevention or diagnosis of illness and chronic health conditions. As an employee of the City of Edmonton, she dedicates her time to organizing a variety of events with the Accessibility Advisory Committee, accessible parking Awareness Week and the Mayor's Awards.

Heather & Angus Watt

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation |

Building a great community is hard work. It takes the right mix of time, talent and treasure and over the years Heather and Angus Watt have been there to shape and nurture this wonderful city we call home. They have selflessly given countless hours and dollars to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the University of Alberta, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the United Way of Northern Alberta, the Edmonton Police Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Kids with Cancer and Valour Place, to name a few. Heather and Angus’ philanthropy has truly demonstrated what “community enrichment” is all about. On behalf of the thousands of people that their kindness has reached we say THANK YOU. Our community is a greater place to live because they have cared enough to give.

Bruce Bowie

The Salvation Army |

For nearly two decades, Bruce Bowie has been a dedicated volunteer with The Salvation Army in Edmonton and embraces their mandate to help anyone in need in our community. As an active Board member, fundraiser and local media personality, Bruce raises awareness with his compassion and advocacy for the marginalized and is driven to support the community organizations that provide them with assistance. Bruce has experienced homelessness first-hand by living on the street and by participating in street ministry work within the downtown core. This perspective allowed him to provide a first-hand account of what it is like to be homeless in Edmonton, and to reinforce the need for our community to recognize homelessness as a problem deserving of an urgent solution.

Bobbi-Lee Grant

United Way Alberta Capital Region |

Chandos Construction has been a long-time supporter of the United Way of Alberta Capital Region, demonstrating integrity and leadership in the philanthropic sector by supporting and championing local giving. To date Chandos has raised almost $1 million dollars through employee and corporate giving. During the United Way Campaign Tom Redl, the President and CEO of Chandos, personally thanks each employee for giving and encourages his peers, from other construction companies, to do the same; a clear demonstration of leadership and support. Chandos has created such a positive culture of giving that Ian McKinnon, Vice President of Civil, leads a group of business leaders in an effort to gain more corporate supporters and has helped secure five new accounts committed to running employee campaigns corporate donations.

Travis Chorney

United Way Alberta Capital Region |

PCL Construction has been the Alberta Capital Region's largest United Way Campaign participant for many years. In 2015, they reached a significant new fundraising milestone, breaking the $3 million dollars annual campaign mark. This made PCL the first to do so in Alberta Capital Region history. In addition to raising over $3 million dollars in combined employee and corporate donations, they also collected enough personal care and hygiene products to build over 2,400 Homeless Connect Care Kits for distribution to those in need at the annual fall Homeless Connect event. PCL not only gives big here in the Alberta Capital Region; PCL demonstrates community leadership across North America, donating a combined 7.4 million to United Ways across 28 PCL districts in 2015. Congratulations to PCL and PCL employees on a remarkable achievement. Thank you very much for your incredible support!

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

University of Alberta-Indigenous and Global Health Research Group |

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by providing support to charitable organizations serving Northern Alberta. With a focus on education, health, and wellness for youth, EOCF helps build strong and safe communities. EOCF contributes more than $2.5 million dollars annually, demonstrating a deep commitment to future generations. With a gift of $50,000, the Indigenous and Global Health Research Group (IGHRG) at the University of Alberta can implement a culturally appropriate youth-driven intervention program to new immigrants, Indigenous & non-Indigenous youth, homeless peoples, and other vulnerable populations. Thanks to EOCF, IGHRG impacts a substantial number of vulnerable youth. EOCF is an integral member of the Edmonton and Alberta community, and continues to change lives by supporting families and youth within the province.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

YMCA of Northern Alberta |

Turning a house into a home is no easy task. Finding a safe and affordable house for you and your children can be daunting when living in or near poverty. Putting food on the table that is nutritious and doesn’t break the bank can be nearly impossible. Without having grown up with a positive parenting role model can be frustrating, but there is hope through the YMCA Welcome Village Family Resource Centre. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is a key supporter of the Resource Centre’s numerous programs including the many family, childhood, parenting and food security programs that enrich the lives of nearly 1,000 families each year.

Bennett Jones LLP

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

Hosting the annual Restoring Hope Breakfast since 2009, Bennett Jones LLP has raised more than $320,000 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre. As a gathering of community leaders and business professionals, the Restoring Hope Breakfast is a forum to generate awareness for the issue and drive support. The event is chaired by Rose Carter, a long-time supporter of the Zebra Centre and philanthropist in the Edmonton area. Along with Bennett Jones, Rose and the Restoring Hope Breakfast committee understand the importance of taking an upstream approach to responding to and preventing child-abuse. Funds raised from the event help ensure children and youth are given access to trauma therapy resources – with the belief that we either pay now to prevent child abuse or pay later in response to the effects of child abuse.

Ladies on the Green

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

Since 2013, Ladies on the Green Golf Classic has engaged a community of women in the Edmonton area with an afternoon of golf, dining, celebration, and fundraising in support of the Zebra Child Protection Centre. The committee has raised more than $93,000 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre – with $50,000 raised in 2015 alone. The money raised through the event is currently in use to help expand the Zebra Centre’s support services program and provide furniture and art for our new Centre. Not only have the committee members raised significant funds for our Centre, they have each become advocates for our cause, using their personal networks and connections to garner community support. The unwavering support of the Ladies on the Green committee helps us continue to advocate for the rights of children and youth.

Grant Fedoruk

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

Each year, the demand for the Zebra Child Protection Centre grows, and our community fundraising events ensure we are able to respond. Leading Edge Physiotherapy has been hosting the RunWild marathon in support of the Centre since 2011 – raising nearly $200,000 to date. Started by Zebra Child Protection Centre board member Grant Fedoruk and his wife Heidi, RunWild couples community engagement with social good – providing an exciting event where participants can have fun while giving back to the community. This year’s RunWild was exceptional as it focused on the kids race, MaraFun. To see children in the community passionate about raising funds for other children was truly a cause for celebration.

TAHK Projects Ltd.

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

The owners and employees of TAHK Projects go above-and-beyond to support the not-for-profit organizations that directly impact the community. In 2014, TAHK Projects selected the Zebra Child Protection Centre as their official charity of choice. Since that time, they have raised more than $57,000. The passion the owners and staff show towards the Centre is inspiring. Each year, TAHK Projects hosts an annual golf tournament in support of the Centre. Further to that, their staff and families are actively engaged in hosting toy drives and donating items to our children’s Christmas Party. Through their fundraising and advocacy efforts they have inspired others to become involved in helping the children in any way they can. TAHK Projects believes in not only being excellent corporate citizens, but giving back to the community that support them.

Joy and Diego Romero

Athabasca University |

For Joy and Diego Romero, Calgary-based engineers are committed to charitable giving, which has placed them at the leading edge of philanthropy, providing nearly 20 different organizations and community groups with much-needed financial support, on a monthly basis. Joy Romero notes that “You just give where you can.” Of particular importance to Joy and Diego is championing the cause of education through major donations. Recently, the couple has provided generous support to their alma maters including Athabasca University (AU) for student assistance; St. Francis Xavier University for equipment in its metallurgy lab; and Dalhousie Engineering School to assist with the building of a new common area for students. “I can’t imagine our lives without the opportunities that our degrees have afforded us, the doors that it has opened. We have been able to benefit from it and, hopefully, to share it with others,” says Joy. It is for these numerous examples of their collective giving and commitment to community service, that Athabasca University nominates Joy and Diego Romero for the 2016 AFP National Philanthropy Day Award.


Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area |

EPCOR is a long standing supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and provides funding for children and families through corporate mentoring programs, club programming and daily snacks and after school meals. EPCOR has provided thousands of dollars to support various programs for our children in the past and last year they committed another $150,000 for club programming in the McCauley area. In addition to their financial support, EPCOR employees participate in programming with children and families to experience the difference they are making in their lives. Not only do employees find meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health, they enable positive development in others. Their long-term, sustainable support is critical to creating healthy community solutions that brighten our children’s futures.

Rogers Raising the Grade

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area |

Rogers believes that every young person deserves the chance to reach their full potential and that education is the key to helping young people realize this potential. This is why Rogers developed the Rogers Youth Fund. The Rogers Youth Fund initiative is a national program designed to provide basic academic support (literacy, numeracy, and languages), tools and resources needed to excel both inside and outside the classroom. With the support of the Rogers Youth Fund, BGCC has delivered a multi-faceted education program called Rogers Raising the Grade, aimed at increasing academic skills, high school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education for at-risk youth. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton is proud to be working with BGCC and Rogers on this important program.

Wynne Edwards

Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society |

Watching your teenage son’s world slowly narrow as he loses his eyesight is heartbreaking for a mother so, it’s not surprising that Wynne Edwards dedicated her life to ensuring others can watch their loved one’s path’s open up like her son’s did when he got his first guide dog. Wynne found Dogs with Wings (DWW) shortly after her son received his guide dog and became determined to help build the organization that would serve her community. Wynne helped promote DWW through several newsletter articles about the clients and volunteers. Seeing that her writing was making a difference, Wynne took on a book project, both writing and publishing A Dog for Uncle Peter to educate children, and their parents, about special needs individuals in their communities. For the past 2 years, she has been travelling around Alberta reading her book to classrooms, library groups and public gatherings with the sale of each book supporting DWW. Wynne Edwards has educated hundreds and raised awareness of people with special needs and the amazing dogs who serve them.

Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF)

Edmonton Public Schools Foundation |

For 75 years, the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Fund (ECECAF) has remained committed to making a difference in the City of Edmonton. In 2015, ECECAF donated $1.25 million dollars to local charities and during the past 20 years has made generous contribution to more than 40 organizations such as; Brain Care Centre, Edmonton Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Centre, Donate a Ride and more. The Edmonton Public Schools Foundation has been a recipient of ECECAF’s generosity meaning more than 1000 students attended one of our six full-day Kindergarten funded programs at schools that reside in socially vulnerable neighbourhoods received and/or had access to items such as; homework readiness backpacks to support student learning at home, running shoes to attend to the challenge of children’s growing feet, in-school and out-of-school field trips, including snacks and transportation, winter woolies to keep our Kindergarteners warm, and library books and reading materials to gift students with enriched literacy experiences. In addition, ECECAF members have been very engaged in supporting our literacy and learning events, as well as attending our annual Ready for Life Fundraising Breakfast. ECECAF’s long history of philanthropy has positively impacted innumerable lives in the Edmonton community. Their Board and their membership deserve to be recognized for investing in and advocating for healthy communities.

Brookfield Residential

Faculty of Science, University of Alberta |

Brookfield Residential is driven to creating communities that make a difference. As a result, they build residential spaces that are thoughtfully designed and have a positive contribution to the quality of life for residents. Beyond the business of creating residential spaces, Brookfield actively participates in creating stronger communities through philanthropy. Brookfield has committed to supporting several scholarships for both Undergraduate and Graduate students over the next five years, in addition to their recent partnership to create a Distinguished Visitor’s series for the Planning Program. This newly created program brings together Science and Arts students, in learning how to create sustainable urban spaces. With their support, the Planning Program will bring in world-renowned lecturers, every year for the next five years, to share expertise and to enhance core program learning.

PCL Constructors Inc.

Junior Achievement |

Providing exceptional construction services is PCL’s business; giving back is PCL’s passion. With their support and commitment to volunteerism PCL has been instrumental in helping Junior Achievement provide programs for countless students. In 2007, former President and Chief Executive Officer Ross Grieve was inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame recognizing his outstanding contributions to business and the community. PCL has been an exceptional supporter to Junior Achievement as a long standing partner commitment to educating and inspiring our youth. PCL Constructors Inc. has made an incredible impact on their community and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT is proud to nominate PCL Constructors Inc. for National Philanthropy Day.


Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT |

In 2015, with the support from Manulife, Junior Achievement unveiled the Alberta Business Hall of Fame Wall located on the second floor of Manulife Place. This Wall recognizes the great men and women whose business leadership and community stewardship shaped the ways that people live, work, and interact. Junior Achievement is proud to partner with Manulife as they are committed to helping Canadians live healthier and happier lives by supporting initiatives that benefit the communities where their staff live and work: “We believe in the unparalleled value of bringing together local business leaders, educators, parents, and the community to help prepare youth for their future.” Kevin Adolphe; President & CEO, Manulife Real Estate – Manulife Financial. Junior Achievement thanks Manulife for their incredible dedication and impact in our community.

Edmonton Motor Dealers’ Association


At NAIT, scholarships and bursaries are vital to the success of more than 4,800 students annually. Among the most loyal supporters of these scholarships is the Edmonton Motor Dealers’ Association (EMDA). The EMDA has generously supported NAIT since 1987. Their first gift provided scholarship support for five grateful apprentices in the automotive programs. Since that first gift, the EMDA has significantly increased their support for students by providing around 115 scholarships annually. So far, the EMDA has helped more than 1,500 students attend NAIT and achieve their educational goals. The EMDA also funds a grant program that allows youth to learn automotive skills by enhancing the labs and shops in secondary schools. By providing these hands-on experiences, the EMDA is building a clear educational pathway for young people to pursue careers in the automotive industry—thereby securing a brighter future for themselves and their families. Through their support of NAIT, the EMDA continues to build on their vision of a community where industry and Albertans alike “prosper together by working together.”

NAIT Students’ Association (NAITSA)


Long-time supporter of NAIT, the NAIT Students’ Association (NAITSA), a student-led organization that represents the student body, made the largest gift in the institution’s history. During the electoral referendum in February held to guide NAITSA’s future, 93 per cent of students voted in favour of the decision to donate $5 million to NAIT. Part of the donation supports the Centre for Applied Technology, a new facility that will open in fall, 2016 and will serve 5,000 students. The remainder of the donation will create an enhancement fund to support students with a holistic learning environment in which they can succeed. “The result of this referendum is historic,” said then-NAITSA president Justin Nand. “Students have reaffirmed the special partnership that exists between NAIT and NAITSA that is the envy of the post-secondary sector in Alberta.” Recently, NAITSA opened a food centre for students in need. Since it opened, the number of students who regularly access the centre has dramatically increased. Providing this support ensures students are able to focus on their studies and achieve their goals. In May 2016, NAITSA also organized a car wash on campus with proceeds to support the Fort McMurray fire victims.

Fillmore Construction Management Inc.


Over the past 30-some years, Fillmore Construction Management Inc. the family-owned company’s every day work is premised on strong values: people, passion, integrity and innovation. Fillmore employees volunteer their personal time and donate to support causes that vastly improve the health and vitality of many people in our province. This dedication is strongly rooted in Fillmore’s culture as the company donates significantly to health and education. Women Building Futures and Lakeland College are only a few examples of the educational organizations they support, and NAIT is truly proud to count ourselves among them. Since 2007, the company has generously supported students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. The company donates to scholarships and sponsors an industry night, in which students are given the opportunity to network with construction companies. The company also volunteers on advisory committees, providing advice on the direction of the program. These contributions make a significant difference in the quality of education our students receive. Fillmore’s support shows that they understand that by supporting students, they are building stronger communities—and a better future for Albertans.

Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 19


The Order the Eastern Star was established in 1850 by Rob Morris, a noted Freemason. With chapters all over the world, the Order is a masonic fraternity of women and men who are dedicated to ‘charity, truth and loving kindness.’ The organization is well-known, both locally and internationally, for its philanthropic support of the community. In 2013, the Edmonton Chapter of the organization created an endowment that supports the scholarships and bursaries program at NAIT. In the 2015/16 academic year, two students from the Plumber and Crane & Hoist Mobile apprenticeship programs gratefully received these awards. The Order of the Eastern Star has continued this support by establishing another annual scholarship that will be awarded to the Power System Electrician and Powerline Technician Apprenticeship students. In addition to NAIT, the Order of the Eastern Star supports a number of educational institutions in Alberta, including the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary.

RBC Foundation

NorQuest College |

Since 2004, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation has been a partner of NorQuest College and have supported many flagship programs that would not have been possible without their generosity. Having contributed more than $830,000 and countless volunteer hours - RBC employees truly want to make a difference in the lives of NorQuest students. They understand the challenges students can face while navigating their career goals and helps provide the tools and skills to achieve success. The numerous awards supported by the RBC Foundation also give students the freedom to accomplish their academic goals with a little less financial stress and a lot more confidence. Their support has helped to change the lives of hundreds of NorQuest students and strengthened the College’s role in the community.

Dr. S. Ann Colbourne

NorQuest College |

Many times women are overlooked for their philanthropic contributions to society. 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities set out to showcase the amazing leadership and giving power women possess. Dr. Ann Colbourne is a doctor, a philanthropist and dedicated volunteer. She is the perfect example of what role women play and the significant impact they can have in their communities. In both the first and second 1000 Women campaigns, which raised more than $1,000,000 each, she stepped forward as a leader with significant financial contributions. Beyond fundraising, she has helped to make education more accessible by offering onsite childcare to NorQuest students. Dr. Colbourne is an active member of the 1000 Women Advisory committee and uses the annual 1000 Women Fundraising Luncheon as an opportunity to introduce the next generation to the importance of philanthropy.

Cougar Drilling Solutions Inc.

NorQuest College |

Education and community are values near and dear to Blaine LaBonte and his wife Irene Mertz LaBonte and the choice to become a supporter of NorQuest College was easy for them as their values so closely align with those of the College. Through their leadership these values have become integral to the culture of their company, Cougar Drilling Solutions. Since 2010, CDS has given more than $350,000 in support of student and corporate success. They recognize that there are many challenges for people trying to achieve their educational and career goals and have provided funding to help students at the beginning of, and during, their education journey. Blaine is a generous donor and demonstrates leadership as a member of the Campaign Cabinet member for Maximizing Opportunities campaign.

Bill Diepeveen

The King's University |

Bill Diepeveen is a dedicated volunteer and fervent supporter of The King’s University. Bill joined the Board in 2007 and served as Chair of the Board from 2010-2016. He and his wife Winnie have been generous donors for more than 25 years and during his time on the board, he demonstrated his passion and dedication to helping the institution succeed. He successfully led the university through a transition in presidents, advocated in government relations and actively participated in the process of changing the school’s name to The King’s University. Aside from Bill’s involvement and leadership, he has also taken the initiative to thank other King’s donors by personalizing thank you letters and by making hundreds of phone calls to appreciate their contributions. Bill exemplifies philanthropy through his selfless giving and enthusiastic service.

Ken Lueers

University of Alberta |

As one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, ConocoPhillips Canada (CPC) looks to innovative practices and novel ideas to maintain a competitive edge in this field. The University of Alberta is extremely proud of their partnership with CPC as their support enables various programs to develop, expand and flourish. In the last 20 years, ConocoPhillips Canada’s investment at the University of Alberta has impacted many students and academic staff across many faculties. One of the key projects that CPC will be funding this year is the “Women in Earth Science Visiting Speakers Program”. It is designed to enrich the professional networks of faculty and students and foster discussion about gender equity in earth science careers, providing students (especially women) with more female role models/mentors.

Magna IV Engineering

University of Alberta |

One of Magna IV Engineering’s commitments to their customers is that they “do what they say they’re going to do”. This commitment to follow through on their promises also translates into their recent, and first, gift to the University of Alberta. This gift was especially significant in that it received its direction from CEO, Mr. Ken Unruh, who is also an engineering alumnus of the University. Magna IV’s gift was directed towards the Faculty of Engineering’s new David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management (ESRM). This gift will impact 1,200 students who graduate every year by teaching them to think and act in a way that protects lives and communities through safe and reliable operations.

Capital Power

University of Alberta |

Capital Power strongly believes that government, academia and industry must work together to explore options to make intelligent, well-informed decisions as we work toward operational excellence. Their most recent gift to the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management (ESRM) speaks to their passion and priority for emphasizing the importance of safety early on in the students’ careers. Capital Power and the University have a long-standing history of working closely together and its support has invited leaders like Art Spiegelman, Margaret Atwood and Jared Diamond to to engage with the community to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from science to fiction. In addition to their gift to ESRM, Capital Power has served as the Founding Sponsor for the University’s Festival of Ideas for many years.

Louie Family

University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry |

The Louie family has a long and proud history with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The couple worked very hard and inspired a strong work ethic in their children, many of whom became doctors. The couple had six children and three grandchildren who attended medical school. Seven graduated from the University of Alberta and three completed their residencies at the University of Alberta. It was important to the Louie family to give back by supporting the next generation of students in Alberta. The Louie Family Award in Medicine will be given annually to a convocating student with a Doctor of Medicine degree who has demonstrated satisfactory academic standing, excellence in communication with patients and their families, outstanding clinical skills in the rotations of family medicine, surgery and internal medicine.

Dr. Mary Fairhurst

University of Alberta, Faculty of Science |

Dr. Mary Fairhurst’s dedication to science is evident in her ongoing and regular support of the University of Alberta. Now going on her 23rd year of consistent and regular giving, Dr. Mary Fairhurst is an excellent role model for alumni. She gives yearly to various departments within the University, including but not limited to the Faculty of Science. Furthermore, she is an excellent example of the impact women make in science education as she, herself, has been a successful scientist for Dow Chemicals for decades. Mary Fairhurstis an honorable donor and advocate for her ongoing and consistent support of the Faculty of Science, and the University of Alberta.

Jim and Anne Edgson

University of Alberta, Faculty of Science |

Jim and Anne Edgson’s dedication to post-secondary education is evident. Not only have they been long-time supporters of the University of Alberta, they recently set up an award to promote University Education to women. Jim and Anne are excellent role models for alumni, they support various University events, visit campus yearly and have supported numerous departments over the years. We would like to honour Jim and Anne for their ongoing and consistent support to the University of Alberta

Alberta Society of Professional Biologists

University of Alberta, Faculty of Science |

As the leading professional certification organization for Biological Scientists in the province, the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) is a close partner of the University of Alberta. Thanks to their generous support, the Faculty of Science has been able to establish a number of undergraduate and graduate scholarships, benefiting students in the biological sciences. Recently, the ASPB set up an endowed graduate award in memory of long-time member, former Executive Director, and biologist Dr. Robin Leech. They have continued to encourage their membership to grow this award to a more substantial size. This award is a testament to ASPB's commitment to UofA students and their commitment to honouring community.

Jim Dau

Alberta Emerald Foundation |

Jim Dau was one of the founder members, working with the Government of Alberta’s to create the Alberta Emerald Foundation’s (AEF) 25 years ago and he has supported the Foundation ever since. “There isn’t enough good news being shared about the great work being done in Alberta,” says Mr. Dau. “The Foundation has always struggled to get publicity for Emerald Award finalists and recipients (good news doesn’t sell newspapers), but the recognition they receive from the Foundation has indeed raised the bar on environmental performance in this province, and I know that will carry on many years into the future. ” In Jim's 25 years with the AEF he has been on the Board of Directors, supported the Emerald Awards, helped steward major gifts and was instrumental in securing a $1 million dollar gift from the Alberta Government to ensure the future of the Foundation.

ConocoPhillips Canada

Alberta Emerald Foundation |

"Whether it is investing in community programs and charities or actively engaging community members on the issues that are important to them ConocoPhillips." ConocoPhillips Canada has been involved with the Alberta Emerald Foundation since 2003. They have financially supported the Emerald Awards for over a decade, as well as offered volunteers to support our judging process and guest presenters for the Small Business Category. 5 years ago ConocoPhillips were one of the founding sponsors for our Youth Environmental Engagement Grant Program, which they continue to fund today. They continue to support the Foundation with volunteer Board Members, resource development and communications. The Alberta Emerald Foundation is proud to nominate ConocoPhillips for a National Philanthropy Day Award.

Cheryl De Paoli

Alberta Emerald Foundation |

Cheryl De Paoli has been active in Alberta’s environmental sector for many years. As Executive Director of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, she oversaw a three year sponsorship to support the Shared Footprint Category for the Alberta Emerald Awards. In 2015 Cheryl joined the board of the Alberta Emerald Foundation and became the Resource Development Chair to support the organization with major gifts and sponsorships. Cheryl has been instrumental in finding and securing funds for the Foundation. With Cheryl's leadership, new and returning funders have been secured for the Emerald Awards and the Youth Environmental Engagement Grant Program. Thanks to Cheryl, new groups have shown interest in engaging with and supporting the Foundation. The Alberta Emerald Foundation is thrilled to honour Cheryl De Paoli with a National Philanthropy Day Award.

Laura Tetrault

Alberta Cancer Foundation |

Over the past eight years Roger’s Harvest Ride has raised over $50,000 benefitting the Alberta Cancer Foundation in support of Melanoma research. The ride provides an opportunity for cyclists of all levels to enjoy beautiful fall surroundings, comradery among those with a mutual love for bike riding, and the opportunity to give back to a cause that is important to them. Roger and Laura planned and oversaw the ride together for many years prior to Roger passing away; participants now ride in his memory every September. Laura is passionate about pushing the pace of progress in Melanoma research and is a true ambassador of the improvements that make life better for Albertans facing cancer. Alberta Cancer Foundation is pleased to honour Laura Tetrault with this National Philanthropy Day Award.

Riders of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Evrax

Alberta Cancer Foundation |

Since 2009, the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by EVRAZ has quickly grown to be the largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history, raising over $60 million for cancer patients in Alberta.  In 2016, 1,402 riders joined together to ride 220 kilometres over two days raising $6.35 million to make life better for Albertans facing cancer. More important than the dollars raised and the kilometres pedaled, is the impact this event has had on cancer patients across Alberta. Thanks to the funds raised, patients are being diagnosed earlier, receiving more effective treatments and experiencing an improved quality of life. The Alberta Cancer Foundation is pleased to honour all riders with this National Philanthropy Day Award for their commitment, generosity and dedication. Thank you for making a difference for cancer patients across the province.

Vicki And Dave Lawrence

Canadian Cancer Society |

The Alberta Trail Riding Association’s Trail Ride Against Cancer has been raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society for 38 years. Each year, hundreds of riders join together for a fun filled fundraising trail ride weekend that is full-on Cowboy style with a campfire sing-along, pancake breakfast, trail ride on horseback, and barbecue. This year the ride raised nearly $13,000. Since its inception in 1978, the Trail Ride Against Cancer has raised over 1 million dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. Congratulations to all the riders past and present for this National Philanthropy Day Award.

Joan Radford

Canadian Cancer Society |

Joan Radford organizes an annual road race called the Canada Day Road Race in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2015, Joan had a recorded breaking year raising over $38,000. Every year more participants join the Canada Day Road Race because of Joan’s passion. Through her efforts to help find a cure for the disease, Joan has inspired others to do the same. The money she raises funds the most promising cancer research, as well as community-based support programs for people living with cancer, education and information on cancer prevention and screening, and advocacy for healthy public policies. By embracing the cause, Joan Radford has created a legacy to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is very thankful for her contributions and pleased to honour her with this philanthropy award.

Niki Underwood

Canadian Cancer Society |

Niki Underwood has been outstanding in executing Relay For Life in Whitecourt this year and has been involved in the event since it began in 2007. Her leadership and hard work was vital in raising over $30,000 this year. The money she raised funds the most promising cancer research, as well as community-based support programs for people living with cancer, education and information on cancer prevention and screening, and advocacy for healthy public policies. By embracing the cause, Niki Underwood has created a legacy - helping to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is very thankful for her contributions. She is a leader in every way and has inspired and motivated the community in Whitecourt.

Doug Taylor

Canadian Cancer Society |

Doug Taylor has been volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society in several capacities and has been a key part of several campaigns and programs. Doug is a regular driver for the Volunteer Driving Program which gives free rides to patients who are undergoing treatment. To date, Doug has given more than 535 rides to patients and is always willing to go the extra mile in any way he can. He has been a key part of the annual Daffodil Campaign by mapping out delivery routes, dispatching drivers, doing pick ups and drop-offs, and creating a system for tracking the daffodil pin donation boxes. Doug has also helped with other Society fundraising events including Cops for Cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is very appreciative of all the hours Doug puts in to support the fight against cancer.

Brad Smoliak, David Omar, Steve Buzak

CapitalCare Foundation |

In 2015, three incredible Edmonton Chefs took a crazy idea and generated Feast on the Field - a great, tasty fundraiser for the CapitalCare Foundation. Brad Smoliak, David Omar and Steve Buzak combined their award winning skills to grill pork ribs, beef brisket, and barbeque chicken for a hungry crowd seated at long tables on the turf of the 2015 Grey Cup Champions at Commonwealth Stadium. The field was arranged with long tables and fresh Alberta food was served in traditional picnic style creating community among the 250 diners. Brad, David and Steve are enthusiastic philanthropists who support various causes in the community. For Feast on the Field, they donated a tremendous amount of time and talent and convinced peers in the food industry to also support the cause with donations of products and service. Money raised went to special projects for Seniors living in care.

Associates of Caritas

Covenant Health |

In 1995, The Misericordia Volunteer Association, and the Volunteer Network Association of the Edmonton General and Grey Nuns Hospital united to form the Caritas Volunteer Association. This group was renamed in 2002 and are now known as the Associates of Caritas Fundraising Network (AOC). The AOC operates businesses and services within Covenant Health facilities and donates the profits back to the facilities to enhance patient care and comfort. They work closely with Covenant Health Volunteer Services and many other departments to make their business operations successful. Some of these businesses include gift shops, flower shops, vending machines and beauty shops. Since 1995, this group has raised and donated over $7.5 million dollars to support Covenant Health facilities and is a true partner in providing exceptional care.

Jason Turner

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Canada |

Jason Turner was diagnosed with diabetes at age eleven. In 2005 he became the 79th recipient of a life-transforming islet transplant – the so-called “Edmonton Protocol” developed by Dr. James Shapiro. While watching in grateful amazement as the donor islet cells dripped through an IV into his liver, Jason acknowledged the donor families and patients who passed before him and pledged to do good with his second chance in life. Today he volunteers hundreds of hours every year as a ‘living-proof” advocate, fundraiser, and spokesperson for the medically historical research at the University of Alberta. Giving his time and talents to raise funds for ongoing research to cure diabetes, Jason helps the more than 300,000 Canadians living with Type 1 diabetes in Canada and their families, and is very deserving of this award.

PlanIt Sound - Rowena and RJ Cui

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation |

Rowena and RJ are the passion and expertise behind PlanIt Sound – a creative advertising agency with heart. Rowena and RJ were instrumental in the vision and creation of the Courage Anthem and video for the 2016 Courage Gala supporting the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Rowena and RJ understand the importance of the Glenrose Hospital and Foundation to the community and translated this through music and melody. Their artistic vision for the Courage Anthem and video brought a unique and evocative element to the gala that left a lasting impression. Their investment of time and talent is genuine; their desire to promote the welfare of others by giving their talent and energy to organizations makes a difference in the well-being of our community. PlanIt Sound is very deserving of this National Philanthropy Day Award.

Qualico and Ken Cantor

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation |

Throughout its 65 year history, Qualico has been committed to community enrichment, across Western Canada. Qualico has been a dedicated contributor to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation supporting numerous events. This commitment is a true testament to their ongoing support for the Glenrose Foundation and its lasting impact on children, adults and seniors and their families.   Ken Cantor, Vice President Commercial Development Northern Alberta (Retired) has always shared Qualico’s charitable commitment. He has been a long time champion and supporter of various organizations, including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Courage Gala and Awards. He was tireless in assisting Glenrose Rehabilitation profile the many initiatives to help patients and their families during their rehabilitation journey by regularly accepting invitations for appearances and presentations in support of Glenrose initiatives as well as promoting and attending events.   The Glenrose Foundation is truly appreciative for all the support from Qualico and its ownership and management group. Their ongoing commitment is an investment in patient care, innovative technology, state-of-the-art equipment, and leading edge rehabilitation research and education. Supporters like Qualico and Ken Cantor are instrumental and important partners in these efforts, ultimately helping to empower patients and their families to live full and often extraordinary lives.

Reno & Jane Trentini

MS Society of Canada - Alberta & NWT Division |

Jane and Reno Trentini approached the MS Society in the fall of 2015 with a big, bold idea. For five years, Reno had been meticulously building two classic muscle cars, a 1965 and a 1970 El Camino SS. Rather than selling the vehicles to a collector, Jane and Reno decided to auction them off and donate the proceeds to charity. With the help of the MS Society, the Trentinis partnered with Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, where the cars were sold for a combined $182,500. The Trentinis donated $91,250 to endMS: Whatever it Takes, a campaign focused on advancing MS research. They established a family charitable trust with the remaining funds to support other deserving causes. The MS Society cannot thank Jane and Reno enough for their generosity and support of MS research.

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers

MS Society of Canada - Alberta & NWT Division |

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers (RBA) has been an integral partner of the Johnson MS Bike Tour – Leduc to Camrose for 8 years. As the day-1 start and day-2 finish location, RBA has helped this event become the MS Society’s most successful fundraising event in Canada. In 2016 over 2000 cyclists and 500 volunteers raised a record-breaking $2.3 million for multiple sclerosis research and services. The support of RBA and their incredible staff are a huge reason why this event continues to grow and become the premier charity cycling event in Alberta. RBA also partnered with MS Society donors to waive all commission and marketing fees for two classic muscle cars that were auctioned for charity. The MS Society of Canada is grateful to RBA’s Warren, Wanda, Julie and the rest of the staff for their dedication to the community.

Dr. Timothy Mahoney

MS Society of Canada - Alberta & NWT Division |

The Johnson MS Bike – Leduc to Camrose is the largest MS tour in Canada, raising $2.2 million last year with over 2000 cyclists. Dr. Timothy Mahoney has ridden in this tour since 1993. He has consistently been a top fundraiser, raising almost $200,000 in total. Tim started riding in the tour because his sister was diagnosed with MS. Two years ago his oldest son was also diagnosed. This disease has had a huge impact on his family and he wants to find a cure for this disease. Tim’s commitment is shared with his family. His father and wife volunteer at the lunch station making sure the soup is hot and ready for the cyclists. His mother also volunteered until her passing 2 years ago. The MS Society of Canada is honoured to recognize Tim’s dedication to finding a cure for MS with this award.

Canadian Western Bank

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation |

For 20 years the Canadian Western Bank (CWB) has demonstrated its care and concern through personal and financial support of several organizations and initiatives, including the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. CWB has shown a generous commitment to life-changing programs including the Campaign for Men’s Health, a prostate health initiative, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Inner City Health and Wellness Program. CWB’s leadership has also inspired other contributors from the corporate community to come forward and make a difference. CWB also encourages staff to volunteer for worthy causes. Assistant Vice President, Doug Pratt, has served on the Board of Directors and Financial and Risk Management Committee of the Foundation since 2012. The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is grateful for the efforts and investment of Canadian Western Bank and is pleased to honour them with this award.

Royal Alexandra Hospital Women’s Auxiliary

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation |

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Women’s Auxiliary has supported and championed hospitals and healthcare in Edmonton for 117 years and counting. Formed in 1899 as the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, they supported the Edmonton Public Hospital by raising funds to cover operating costs and mortgage. When the Royal Alexandra Hospital opened in 1913 they became the Women’s Aid Society of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and continued to cover costs. When the Royal Alex moved to its current location in 1963 this group became the Women’s Auxiliary and began operating the gift shop to generate funds to support the hospital’s needs. Today the Women’s Auxiliary operates two gift shops and donates over 14,000 volunteer hours annually to support patient and family comfort, staff development, and hospital equipment and furnishing.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) |

Since 1998, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has been dedicated to helping STARS provide its emergency medical transport service. Ritchie Bros. has supported various fundraising initiatives including the Vision Critical Campaign which purchased two AW139 helicopters in 2013 and expanded STARS’ service area and speed of response. In addition to their financial support, Ritchie Bros. has provided their auction expertise by providing their auctioneers for live auctions at a number of STARS fundraising galas including the Building Magic in the Air Gala, Tyson Parker Commitment to Life Fundraiser and two STARS galas in Saskatchewan. More recently Ritchie Bros. hosted a fundraising raffle in support of STARS out of their Nisku location. Whether their support is through financial means or the expertise of their auctioneers, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers dedication makes them an invaluable partner.

Rosenau Transport Ltd.

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) |

Rosenau Transport has been a dedicated supporter of STARS for 20 years. Rosenau Transport made their first donation to STARS in 1996 through the Seconds Count Campaign which purchased two BK117 helicopters for back-up helicopters to operations and recurrent pilot training activities. As well Rosenau Transport’s donations supported STARS operations through the Vision Critical Campaign which purchased two AW139 helicopters expanding STARS’ service area. Additionally, Rosenau Transport’s participation in various fundraising auction dinners and golf tournaments has helped increase STARS’ fundraising results by leveraging and encouraging support from Rosenau partners and other transport companies. Since their first gift 20 years ago, Rosenau Transport has remained committed to helping STARS provide its emergency air medical transport service to Albertans making them well deserving of this award.

Blackjacks Roadhouse

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) |

If you drive past Blackjacks Roadhouse south of Edmonton, the parking lot will undoubtedly be full, any time of the day. Clarence Shields and his daughter Krysta are not only great businesspeople, but are also avid supporters of STARS and numerous other charities in the Leduc, Nisku, Edmonton and Fort McMurray areas. Clarence, Krysta and the staff lead by example, putting in long hours and providing hands-on support at events, in addition to their philanthropic giving. Blackjacks supports STARS through various fundraisers such as celebrity bartending events, barbecues, and most recently, transforming its parking lot into an elaborate mini golf course. On top of it all, Clarence and Krysta frequently use their business and personal contacts to generate further support. Blackjacks shows unwavering community leadership and engagement and is committed to making a difference in our community by supporting STARS.

Andrea Peyton

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation |

In 2013 Andrea Peyton founded the Weehelp Foundation which collects new and used children’s clothing and toys and re-sells them, twice yearly, at the Edmonton Pop-Up Tot Sales, with net proceeds going to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. She decided to support the Stollery when a family friend lost their son to leukemia. Andrea works full time and operates the Weehelp Foundation in her spare time, which can take up to 40 hours per week leading up to one of her sales. When asked what motivates her to keep going, Andrea replied “There’s a satisfaction – a sense of ownership and pride. I love the feedback from people about how happy they are to donate and help out.” To date, the Weehelp Foundation has donated over $80,000 to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

TD Bank Group

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation |

This year, TD Bank Group, with the help of their customers and employees, will raise $20 million dollars nationally through the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). As a CMN partner for the past 22 years, TD Bank Group has raised over $5 million dollars for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. TD Bank’s Month of Miracles campaign runs in June each year, raising vital funds for excellence at the Stollery Children’s Hospital including state-of-the-art pediatric equipment, sub-specialty education to train the brightest medical minds, innovative research to discover new treatments and cures and specialized pediatric programs that improve family-centred care. Last year, through grassroots fundraising and annual monthly donors, TD Bank Group raised $511,000 for the Stollery. The slogan #MakeEveryDayMatter is not only their hashtag but it is their philosophy when it comes to their commitment to “giving back to where we live”.

C.O.L.D. Club

The Covenant Foundation |

The C.O.L.D. Club started in 1987 to help people manage their chronic lung disease while improving their health and quality of life through education, exercise and support. This group was the brain child of Dr. G.F. McDonald who started the Lung program at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, and who the program is now named after. Members started to help by raising funds for the Breathe Easy Program which supported their equipment needs like treadmills and now they fundraise for The Covenant Foundation, The Mustard Seed, and Peaceful Valley. Since 1994, they have provided over $685,000 in funding to the Breathe Easy Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program to further develop programming and to purchase medical equipment. The C.O.L.D. Club encourages those in Edmonton with lung issues and disease to join them and continue their philanthropic efforts.

Frank Flaman

University of Alberta |

Founded in 2005, the Frank J. Flaman Foundation contributed to the Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at the University of Alberta, which actively supports inclusion and independence for children, youth and adults living with impairments. Flaman supported the expansion of the new fitness facility with the donation of equipment including free weights, assessment tools and cardio equipment. With this donation, the Centre replaced old equipment with world class accessible equipment for all abilities. Flaman also became the Gold Sponsor for the Free2BeMe 10th Anniversary Gala. Flaman’s support has helped over 1000 individuals with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities get active in a safe and comfortable environment. For over 30 years, Frank J. Flaman has personally funded and helped numerous local and international charities and is very deserving of this philanthropy award.

Cenovus Energy Inc.


NAIT has a proud partnership with Cenovus Energy Inc., a company that puts an emphasis on supporting education as part of their community outreach efforts. At NAIT, the company supports the power engineering and scholarships and bursaries programs. Cenovus’ support, however, has significantly opened more doors to education within the broader community of Alberta. In particular, Cenovus is dedicated to working with Aboriginal and Métis youth throughout Alberta and in 2010 partnered with NAIT to create the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program. This successful program has been delivered to nearly 200 youth throughout Northern Alberta where they develop a variety of skills that are critical to their long-term success, with the goal in mind that they will one day graduate and attend post-secondary. Cenovus Energy’s investment contributes to creating a better Alberta in which all citizens are given the opportunity to thrive.

Battle River Community Initiative Committee

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation |

The Battle River Community Initiative committee members are a group of dedicated individuals from Camrose and surrounding area who have joined together to raise $500,000 toward the Stollery's Pediatric OR Redevelopment. Cliff Denham, Brian Austrom, Rod Ross and Brett Denham have all had a child or grandchild that has required highly specialized care at the Stollery. Through their connections in rural Alberta they have built new relationships and engaged individuals and businesses to learn more about and to support the Stollery. They lead by example to show the importance of contributing time, resources and donations to help ensure the Stollery Children’s Hospital continues to provide excellence in care to the sickest and most critically injured children.

Tally Hutchinson

Autism Edmonton |

Daytona Homes, their executive and their employees have supported Autism Edmonton (AE) financially and through enthusiastic volunteering for more than three years. In doing so, they have helped AE carry out their mission and vision of raising public awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder. In addition to the integral role they play in the success of AE’s efforts, Daytona Homes has provided many other organizations with financial support, volunteering, and belief in their causes.

Rhodann Waligora

Autism Edmonton |

Team Peter, headed by six year-old Peter Waligora, Cycle for Autism Ambassador for 2016, was the top fundraiser for Autism Edmonton’s 2015 Cycle Day, raising over $7,500. Team Peter was started by Peter’s family and friends to show their support of him and all other people with autism. The group has been involved with Cycle Day since Peter’s diagnosis, and have been participating ever since. Peter's mom, Rhodann, says “Our family felt pretty lost when Peter was diagnosed. Autism Edmonton is a valuable resource and made a big difference in our lives.” The Waligora family continue to inspire others through their generosity and positive approach to life.


Bissell Centre |

When the Bissell Centre introduced their Community Bridge homelessness prevention program, ENMAX became the first and biggest corporate donor, making a major 2-year commitment to fund the program. Community Bridge provides financial relief for families on the verge of eviction, as well as follow-up support to ensure families avoid future risk. In the same year, ENMAX ran a Twitter campaign raising $5 for every retweet of #bootswork. The proceeds were split between Bissell Centre and the Calgary Drop-In to buy work boots for the agencies’ respective employment programs. This equipped thousands of unemployed labourers to go back to work. The Bissell Centre is proud to nominate ENMAX for its forward-thinking generosity, and their tremendous commitment to ending poverty and homelessness in Alberta.

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Bissell Centre |

Ending the cycle of poverty in our community begins with strengthening vulnerable children and families in Edmonton. This notion is firmly set as one of the core values of The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation approved funding to provide breakfast, lunch, and mid-day snacks for the children at Bissell Centre's free, fully-accredited daycare, impacting more than 7,000 children per year. Further to this support, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation also approved funding to provide furnishing for the expansion of Bissell Centre's daycare, which will allow an additional 60 children to receive care. This means more families will be able to look for work, better places to live, or opportunities to address their own struggles while their children are cared for.

Robert Tegler Trust

Bissell Centre |

For those who take a step toward addressing their addictions, homelessness, or extreme poverty, they must first have their immediate needs met: a meal, a hot shower, and clean clothing. Thanks to donors like Robert Tegler Trust, which recently made a major four-year commitment, Bissell Centre's Robert Tegler Friendship Room, provides these supports to hundreds of people every day. Beyond the provision of basic services, the Robert Tegler Friendship Room offers recreational programming, mental-health support, adult-health support, a direct link to addictions counselling, a comprehensive employment program, and other life-changing services. The philanthropic support received by the Robert Tegler Trust has allowed Bissell Centre the means to help many hundreds of people in Edmonton end poverty.

Jason Gregor

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton |

Jason Gregor has made a difference in many people’s lives by raising funds for food. Jason believes as a community ‘we need to look out for others’. Through The Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 and the OilersNation: Edmonton Oilers Hockey Blog, he has hosted a Month of Giving each December. In five short years, he has raised close to $360,000 for various Edmonton charities, supporting close to 2,000 families, who celebrated with food on their table and toys for their children. Together, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and 630 CHED Santa’s Anonymous are honored that Jason has used his platform to support charity causes in Edmonton. Jason goes beyond lending his name but actually gets involved and creates positive promotion and awareness.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

Edmonton's Food Bank (Edmonton Gleaners Association) |

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation have been outstanding community partners of the Edmonton Food Bank. They have organized food collections at games, appearances by past players, a yearly financial gift, and, most recently, an astounding donation of $185,074 to purchase a new truck. Thanks to the EOCF, the Food Bank will be able to add a 3 ton refrigerated truck to the fleet to meet the increasing demand on services and to ensure that food product is handled safely and appropriately. This truck will also be filled with six pallets of children’s snack food to support the many school snack programs and agencies working with vulnerable youth and families. It is because of the friendship with groups like the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation that the Edmonton Food Bank is able to continue to feed people in need.

Jill Dean, Marhea Liboiron and Amanda Olivari

Edmonton Women's Shelter |

The Win FORE WIN Women’s Golf Tournament committee has provided outstanding leadership and guidance in making the annual golf tournament a huge success. The 2016 event raised nearly double what was made in previous years. Since joining the committee three years ago, Jill Dean, Marhea Liboiron and Amanda Olivari have contributed countless hours to planning throughout the year, seekings prizes and sponsorships and encouraging new golfers to come out. They are continually raising the caliber of the event and increasing funds to be utilized for the women and children seeking safety at the shelters. Each individual has also found the time to act as ambassadors for WIN House and for families facing domestic abuse. These women passionately stand up against domestic abuse and WIN House is honoured to work alongside them empowering domestic abuse victims.

Jim Allen

Habitat For Humanity Edmonton |

Jatec Electric is a champion of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. They have supported all facets of the Habitat program and are a true Community Leader. Recently, they have worked on the largest Habitat for Humanity build in Canadian History, installing the utilities at Neufeld Landing, which will be home to 64 families. Jatec Electric is an exemplary donor that contributes to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton by way of monetary gifts, hosting their own third fundraising events and participating in all signature events. They take community spirit to the next level by annually closing down their operations for a day and sending their entire staff to help build homes and experience the program firsthand. Habitat for Humanity Edmonton feels blessed to have them as part of the Habitat family.

Employees of Gilead Alberta

HIV Network of Edmonton Society |

Gilead Alberta’s employees have supported HIV Edmonton by giving both their time and their philanthropic dollars. The spirit of philanthropy and care resonates from the General Manager throughout to all employees. They work tirelessly trying to find both better treatment options for HIV as well as a cure. They have committed to ensuring the success of HIV Edmonton events and the care and concern for those living with HIV. Since 2006 Gilead Alberta employees have raised over $75,000 through the Annual AIDS Walk and have generously supported the client backpack program. More than funds raised they are committed to understanding the social stigma and lived experience of HIV. Gilead continues to show leadership, innovation and a commitment to making life changing treatment options for all people living with HIV.

ATB Financial

Kids Kottage Foundation |

ATB Financial has supported Kids Kottage Foundation since it opened in 1995. They have been an integral part of helping keep children safe and strengthening families through corporate donations, sponsorships and employee volunteerism. In 2010 ATB Financial took over the organizing and volunteers for the Annual Kids Kottage Golf Tournament, raising the awareness level of Kids Kottage work with vulnerable members of our community. ATB Financial employees have volunteered at the Kids Kottage events working the 50/50 at the Edmonton Oiler games, the Christmas Tree Lot at IKEA and helping at the crisis nursery in the Kottage. As one of the Kids Kottage’s most long standing Corporate Donors, we want to take this time to honour them as one of Edmonton’s and Alberta’s philanthropic corporations!

Michener Allen Auctioneering Ltd.

Kids On Track |

Michener Allen Auctioneering Ltd (MAA) has been a faithful supporter of Kids On Track (KOT) since 2006. The family-owned company, along with Michener family members, has supported KOT as donors, event sponsors (KOT Golf Classic and KOT Bright Beginnings Fund Raising Gala), abd program sponsors (KOT School Character Clubs). In addition, MAA purchased a trailer that is featured at many KOT events, and provided significant financial support at various events. MAA has provided financial support to children and youth from lower-income families in Edmonton’s west end through KOT’s programs. In addition to supporting KOT, Michener Allen Auctioneering Ltd supports many other non-profit organizations in Alberta, including Autism Speaks Canada, Edmonton Public Library, Evergreen Park in Grand Prairie, and The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Stuart Palace

Kids On Track |

Stuart Palace has been a faithful supporter of Kids On Track (KOT) since 1998. He has provided support to KOT as a donor, event sponsor (KOT Golf Classic), event participant (KOT Golf Classic and the KOT Bright Beginnings Fund Raising Gala), and is a major pledge raiser at KOT fund raising events. Stuart raised between $1,000 and $10,000+ in pledges to support KOT’s Golf Classic tournament. Many of these pledges evolved into donor and sponsorship support. Stuart’s donations and fundraising support KOT’s various community programs, providing quality of life and support to residents of the West End of Edmonton.

Hearts of Blue

Terra Centre for Teen Parents |

The Blue Cross Hearts of Blue group has been volunteering with Terra Centre for the past three years and always go above and beyond. The Hearts of Blue group has hosted two baby showers for the moms at Terra at which they cooked full meals, provided gifts for 30 families and decorated the school space to create an inclusive and welcoming environment. Hearts of Blue has also supported Terra in the past year with their Family Holiday Party providing a delicious turkey dinner to hundreds of Terra participants. Not only does the larger group of Hearts of Blue take on many tasks, but several of the individuals also volunteer on their own time at Terra to support with childcare and special events. Terra Centre greatly appreciates the ongoing support that they have received from Hearts of Blue.

Wendy Rabel

United Way Alberta Capital Region |

Wendy Rabel is a true asset to United Way and to our community. As campaign chair for the 2015 United Way campaign at Stantec Wendy went above and beyond and demonstrated excellence in leadership, planning and execution of all workplace campaign activities. Wendy felt that fun and engaging events were important for employee morale. From leadership presentations, Bingo, live auction, ‘fill the Fiat’ with coats & warm clothing for kids and families, on-line poverty simulations and a mental health speaker panel (in partnership with United Way), she attended everything and always brought with her encouragement, humour, passion and amazing leadership. Wendy has also volunteered at the Food Bank, built back packs for Tools for School, and continues to support United Way with her time and monetary donations.

MacEwan University

United Way Alberta Capital Region |

Throughout its 45 years as an educational institution, MacEwan University has demonstrated oustanding dedication to its community and has supported United Way since its inception. During that time, MacEwan has raised nearly $670,000 to contribute to United Way’s mission of creating pathways out of poverty, raising over $58,000 in 2015 alone. MacEwan’s 2015 United Way Campaign Committee organized and executed campaign events to creatively engage not only faculty and staff, but students as well, thus supporting the development of the next generation of philanthropists. The committee then helped faculty and staff connect to the impact of their donations through Community Impact Presentations and through hosting an experiential learning session (Poverty Simulation). This taught students and staff about the connection between United Way’s three focus areas--education, income, and wellness--and being lifted out of poverty.

Wevive Fitness

WIN House |

Wevive Fitness is a big champion for WIN House. This year, the fitness studio raised awareness and funds for the WIN FOR WIN Women’s Golf Tournament, while owner Jesse Lipscombe emceed the event. They continue to support WIN House with their annual Paint With Your Heart event, as well as inspiring WIN House staff and surrounding community to make self-care a top priority.

The Melton Foundation

YMCA of Northern Alberta |

The Melton Family Foundation has helped the YMCA of Northern Alberta provide the necessary wraparound services that help turn a house into a home. Supporting the Family Allies and Collective Kitchen programs at the YMCA Welcome Village Family Resource Centre, we are able to not only help families find and maintain affordable and appropriate housing, but we are also able to address a critical need of food security through nutritional knowledge and the preparation of low-cost meals to take home. The Melton Foundation has been an integral partner in this support since the YMCA Welcome Village opened its doors to families in 2013 – encouraging the success of hundreds of families and sustainability of these critical programs.

Lisa Colangelo

YWCA Edmonton |

TD Bank Group has a long history of giving to YWCA Edmonton. Their support has ranged over the years and includes YWCA programs for affordable counselling, violence prevention for young girls, and celebrating women’s leadership. Most recently they can be found supporting the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® fundraiser, where participants step up in heels to raise awareness and much needed funds for violence prevention and recovery programs. From fundraising to volunteer support, TD Bank Group employees support YWCA’s needs at every turn. Even while they step up to support those hurt in natural disasters like the fires in Fort McMurray, TD Bank Group remembers the ongoing needs of their community partners. YWCA is grateful for the support!

Shoppers Drug Mart

YWCA Edmonton |

Shoppers Drug Mart has been a strong supporter of the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® fundraiser, in support of YWCA Edmonton family violence prevention and recovery programs. They saw a need in our community for affordable programs of this nature for women and children. In 2015, Shoppers Drug Mart contributed $17,000 to YWCA Edmonton under the banner of their SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. program. For 2016, Shoppers Drug Mart has broadened their philanthropic leadership as the Presenting Sponsor for YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® for both Edmonton and Calgary. They are matching dollars raised by walkers, selling Shoe Icons, and challenging every store to participate. We are grateful for the support of Shoppers Drug Mart, their dedication enables the YWCA to provide violence prevention and recovery services.

Melissa St. Dennis & Victoria Casoria

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

Melissa St. Dennis and Victoria Casoria are exceptional individuals whose acts of kindness make our community a better place. The Zebra Child Protection Centre couldn’t continue to advocate for the rights of children and youth without its 60+ volunteers who support children who have experienced abuse. They continually go above-and-beyond the expectations of their weekly volunteer duties. In a crisis, these ladies are the first to volunteer and provide care for the children and their families. Last holiday season they learned that an older youth served by the Zebra Centre would be alone on Christmas. They invested their personal time and money to provide her with a Christmas basket to ensure she felt supported and loved. Melissa and Victoria fill a critical role within the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

Dorothy Chow

Zebra Child Protection Centre |

Dorothy Chow is part of a team that donated nearly 5,000 combined volunteer hours to the Zebra Child Protection Centre in 2015. One of our most consistent volunteers, she is always here for her scheduled shifts and takes on challenges with a smile. A therapist before retirement, Dorothy brings a wealth of knowledge in supporting and establishing healthy boundaries with children and youth. She is the first contact with children and families, making care calls and matching families with community resources to help set them on the path towards healing. Advocating for the best interests of a child, Dorothy is always willing to change and adapt her practices to ensure best results. Invested in the program’s success, she provides valuable suggestions and recommendations to improve our support services.

Ethan Mitchell

630 CHED Santas Anonymous |

In 2014, nine year-old Ethan Mitchell accidentally bought a $130 cake in a silent auction. To pay his parents back, he was tasked to raise money to build a skateboard and to donate it to charity. He raised enough to custom build 4 skateboards, which he donated to 630 CHED Santas Anonymous. In 2015, with his family and the skateboard community urging him on, some as far away as the Maritimes and California, Ethan surpassed his goal and donated 15 custom skateboards to 630 CHED for the same cause. Today, word has spread about his work, skateboard companies send him parts, and the community is contributing to his Go Fund Me campaign.

Emily and Elizabeth Voker

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton |

Just days before Christmas, Candy Cane Lane residents, Emily and Elizabeth Voker (with the help of their Dad, Doug), support the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton by holding their own fundraiser. For a donation, pedestrians and vehicle passengers are offered hot chocolate as they enjoy the Candy Cane Lane’s amazing holiday scenery. Over the past five years, these young philanthropists have grown their sales to include two nights and have brought in sponsors for hot chocolate supplies. All money raised is donated to the Christmas Bureau to help ensure families with young children have food on their table during the holiday season. Since the start of their initiative, Emily, Elizabeth, and their friends have raised enough money to provide a festive meal to 96 families.

Cameron Somerville

City of Edmonton Youth Council |

Cameron Somerville is an avid volunteer at Strathcona High School and the Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council (CEYC). The CEYC is a group of 19 Edmonton youth appointed by City Council with the mandate to provide policy recommendations on issues that youth feel passionately about. Cameron has exhibited excellent leadership skills as well as thoughtful consideration of issues that impact our community. He is mature beyond his years and has the confidence and enthusiasm characteristic of an excellent emerging leader. He has the insight to suggest changes for a positive future and to recruit other supporters to reach that vision. In addition to being a hard worker, Cameron is a capable spokesperson for the CEYC and is often relied upon to attend external events as a representative. Cameron is an excellent role model to other Edmontonians and a great example of young citizen working to make the community better.

City of Edmonton Youth Council

City of Edmonton Youth Council |

The City of Edmonton Youth Council (CEYC), an organization of 19 young Edmontonians, advise City Council on issues youth feel passionate about. The CEYC has five fully-functioning youth-led committees: City Planning and Infrastructure, Engagement, Health and Wellness, Social Equity, and Arts. The committees have made notable accomplishments, including raising nearly $4,000 for the Youth Empowerment and Support Services for ETS passes, spearheading an initiative to put solar panels on the roof of City Hall, organizing youth arts nights at Latitude 53, and standing in alliance with transgender youth who are fighting for the right to feel safe at school. The CEYC is a welcoming and inclusive place where motivated young citizens come together to make a difference in their community.

Jonathan Giovannoni

Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta |

Five years ago, Jonathan’s wish to go to Atlantis was granted by Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta. Since then, Jonathan has become a true ambassador for Make-A-Wish, developing a passion for fundraising and giving back to his community. Jonathan raises funds in whatever way he can – bake sales at his school, being a ‘celebrity chef’ at Delux Burger Bar, and securing major gifts like a pro. He is well on his way to raising over $20,000 for Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta this year. Jonathan radiates positivity and a zest for life and is a shining example of the impact youth can have on our community.

Sydney & Taylor Woodworth

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation |

After losing a classmate to cancer, Sydney Woodworth was inspired to help others. Along with her sister, Taylor, and her friends, Sydney opened a lemonade stand at the end of their driveway to raise money for patients of the Stollery Hospital. Sydney and Taylor have since grown their efforts into to a seven-day event, Lemonade Stand In Memory of Moses Felix, at their neighbourhood Sobeys. Each year, their fundraiser grows with more days added, additional activities planned, and more youth from the community volunteering. In the past six years, Sydney and Taylor have raised over $31K for their cause.

Interact Club of Downtown Edmonton

The Rotary Club of Edmonton |

The Interact Club of Downtown Edmonton is a youth-service club based out of Victoria School of the Arts. The group led by 2014-2015 Rotary Youth Exchange students, Dominique Hartmier (Czech Republic) and Laura Kiriak (Denmark), was chartered in the fall of 2015, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Edmonton, celebrating 100 years of ‘Service Above Self’. In its first year, the Interact Club of Downtown Edmonton took action on a global scale by participating in a playground build in Belize and by raising funds to End Polio as well as for ShelterBox International disaster relief. Locally, club members and fellow students collected 1,100 books for the Maskwacis First Nations Summer Reading Program, improving literacy and aligning with one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus. In recognition of their youth leadership and success, they were awarded a Rotary International Presidential Citation by K.R. Ravi Ravindran.