Volunteer of the Year Awards
The Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Airdrie’s volunteers. Nominate your friends and neighbours who are making a difference in the community through volunteerism.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards:
Soul of Airdrie Award - Karin Simpson
Karin Simpson’s commitment to her community cannot be overstated. She has given continuous support to diverse community interests for almost 30 years. She has shared her expertise of board development, board member roles and responsibilities and policy development with council appointed and community volunteer positions.
Karin has never shied away from any volunteer position that required help. She could perform as easily as Chair of an organization or roll up her sleeves and do the physical volunteer work required in making an organization and its events successful.
It is truly people like Karin that make a community vibrant and successful. She is a visionary that can see what the potential of a community can be and the potential is defined by the belief in hard work and dedication by its citizens.
Leader of Tomorrow Award - Elena Mitevska
Elena Mitevska is an active volunteer with Community Links. She has enthusiastically embraced volunteer opportunities in many areas of the agency, such as the crafting program, donation program and as an ambassador for Community Links “Give From The Heart” Radiothon.
Elena is also an active member of her school community. During the 2013 Christmas season, Elena, with the support of teachers and other students, organized a school-wide drive of hygiene products, such as shampoo, conditioner and soap for Community Links’ basic need donation program. Elena has been involved in various school advocacy groups and has been instrumental in organizing events such as Pink Shirt Day and Ride of the Mustangs. Elena thoroughly enjoys volunteering and feels the importance of giving back to one’s community with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for others.
Airdrie Ambassador Award - Michael Acheson, The Co-operators
Michael Acheson has always run his agency as a “bucket filler” in the community. His staff have always been encouraged to take part in community initiatives and/or fundraisers. Through Michael’s support his staff coach or manage several different minor sport teams, and sit on volunteer boards such as the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce and the Airdrie Ringette Association. Michael coaches his staff to be leaders in the community through their own abilities.
Michael shares his time and talents with his community in other ways as well. He is the first in line to support social agencies personally and through the Co-operators. He donates to many fundraising efforts and can be counted on to support initiatives that make a difference to many.
Volunteer Advocate Award - Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit action organization designed to meet the business community needs. It is a voluntary organization of individuals and businesses that work together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of Airdrie.
The Airdrie Chamber celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013 which means 40 volunteer boards governing the association. This also means 40 years of committee involvement by volunteer directors. Board members also participate in Think Airdrie, AirdrieFEST, Airdrie Business Awards program, Airdrie Business Resource Partnership, SMARTstart entrepreneur program, Alberta Chamber Advocacy Policy Committee, Airdrie Health Committee, and Airdrie's Centennial Committee.
The Chamber of Commerce celebrates these accomplishments by knowing that they are completely self-sufficient with no funding from any level of government.