The Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Airdrie’s volunteers. Congratulations to the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award winners:
Soul of Airdrie Award
This award is conferred to an Airdrie Citizen who has made outstanding contribution as a volunteer and demonstrates a passion for helping others become resilient and contributing members of the community.
Marie Lauer has been an active volunteer in Airdrie for over 20 years, and many of this community’s organizations and programs would not be where they are today without her involvement. Some of the organizations she has supported include the Airdrie Angel Program, Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, Airdrie Festival of Lights, Airdrie Food Bank, Airdrie Stay & Play, Airdrie Summer Games, Bethany Care Centre, Community Links, Coopers Carnival, Lioness, and the Prairie Winds Health Advisory Council.
It is amazing how diverse Marie’s volunteer efforts are. It is not her quantity of volunteer hours that makes her a standout volunteer; it is her dedication, positive attitude, attention to detail, sense of humour, inspiration to others, and willingness to aid in every endeavour that she believes in. She is a great ambassador for Airdrie who connects with people and cares about the community.
Leader of Tomorrow Award
The Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes Airdrie youth who has shown leadership in their school and community through their volunteer involvement.
Breanne McPhee has been an Airdrie resident since the age of four, and learned early on that it was important to help others. Breanne’s volunteer commitments include teaching Sunday School, coaching community basketball, supporting Volunteer Airdrie , organizing Speak Out forums, and as an active member of Peer Support, Leadership, and Ride of the Mustangs in her school. She has volunteered numerous hours for Stephen’s Backpack Society and is now sitting on the Board as the Director of Social Media. It is no wonder that she is described as having a humble spirit and is always looking for the next opportunity to lead, inspire others, and make a difference.
Volunteer Advocate Award
This award is bestowed upon a not-for-profit organization, a volunteer-comprised grassroots committee and/or a community group that has demonstrated community leadership by engaging citizens through volunteerism.
Airdrie 2014 Alberta Summer Games Board of Directors
The 15 Directors of the Airdrie 2014 Alberta Summer Games spent countless hours recruiting their teams of volunteers, promoting the Games, fundraising and organizing in order to create the best possible experience for the thousands of young athletes and spectators that came to our city.
The Board rallied together a volunteer committee of approximately 80 Chairs and 2,500 volunteers to welcome approximately 2,300 athletes, coaches, chaperones, and technical officials to Airdrie for four days of competition. The Board organized every aspect of the Games from arrival and departure to meals, accommodation, competition, and entertainment. This group was committed to their community, and their passion for volunteering was evident in all their successes
This award is conferred to an Airdrie Citizen (Proprietor) or a business entity that has made an outstanding contribution in promoting the City of Airdrie as a place for community and opportunity through volunteerism or philanthropy.
Elaine McKee Doel (McKee Homes)
“Community Builder” is the perfect description of Elaine McKee Doel and McKee Homes. As President, Elaine has demonstrated remarkable leadership in the building community, and has made giving back to the community a priority while becoming a leading business in Airdrie. The list of events, organizations, and programming that has received support from McKee Homes under Elaine’s guidance is so long, it is apt to say that the company has had an impact on almost every resident in the city.
Elaine does not believe in just writing a cheque, but instead focuses on being engaged in the community, attending as many of the events she sponsors as her schedule will allow. Her commitment to Airdrie is evident in how often she is seen by the organizations she supports.