The 2017 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards nominees have been announced. The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize Albertans who improve the lives of seniors through their volunteer service. There are three categories for nominations: Individual, Organization, and Alice Modin (see below for explanation of each category). 84 total nominations were received, five being received by someone, or an organization, inside the listening area.
Individual: John and Mabel Baxter, Whitecourt, are nominated for their nearly 3,500 hours of volunteer service with seniors in various housing locations. The couple also assists with programs at Blue Ridge Golden Age Club and Whitecourt Seniors’ Circle, where Mabel serves as president.
Individual: Judy Kidd, Mayerthorpe, is nominated for her volunteer work in the town for 20 years. She started several groups including the Heritage Project, and also initiated the installation of an elevator to the library to increase accessibility.
Organization: The Drayton Valley Health Care Auxiliary, Drayton Valley, fundraises through running a thrift shop and hospital gift shop, rummage sales and other projects to fund items for seniors and the community as a whole. All 49 members are volunteers and they also also help with numerous health care initiatives at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre. President Doreen Beckett speaks on the nomination.
Alice Modin: William Almdal, Stony Plain, has served in many volunteer roles since 1963. He is currently the volunteer director of NeighbourLink in Stony Plain, drives seniors to appointments and helping with moving and fundraising. He also runs grief, marriage, and spiritual courses through the Alliance Church.
Alice Modin: Richard Lutz, Spruce Grove, has been active in his community for 20 years. He worked with NeighbourLink for 15 years and now serves and Chairman. Lutz provides emergency transportation, financial aid, food, housing and assistance. He also volunteers at Meals on Wheels, the Spruce Grove Food Bank, and the Spruce Grove Golden Age Club.
The Individual Category recognizes Alberta individuals or couples of any age who provide volunteer services to seniors in Alberta. These volunteers’ efforts have a great impact, from serving individual seniors to building communities and support services that improve the lives of many seniors in Alberta.
The Organization Category recognizes Alberta organizations that are not for profit and rely on volunteers to support seniors. Organizations are recognized for the positive impact their volunteer services have to support seniors, locally or provincially, to help them participate in their communities, stay healthy and engaged.
The Alice Modin category is in its inaugural year and recognizes an individual Albertan or couple who is 65 years of age or older who has been volunteering in their community for 20 or more years. Their work can actively promote volunteerism among seniors and/or has a provincial impact for seniors.