2015 Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Airdrie’s volunteers. Nominations for the 2015 Volunteer of the Year awards are now open. Nominate your friends and neighbours who are making a difference in the community through volunteerism by submitting the following forms:

Volunteer of the Year Nomination form

Volunteer of the Year Letter of Support form

The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2015.

There are four award categories that individuals, businesses, or not-for-profit organizations can be nominated for:

Soul of Airdrie Awards

The Soul of Airdrie Award is conferred to an Airdrie citizen who has made an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in any or all of the following fields: arts and culture, athletics, social and community services, and/or governance. This individual demonstrates a passion for helping others to become resilient, contributing members of the community.

We would like to know:

  • ­The individual’s outstanding contributions to community as a volunteer
  • ­The impact that they have made in the community through volunteerism
  • ­The individual’s involvement in any or all of the fields of art and culture, athletics, social and community services and/or governance as a volunteer
  • ­The number of volunteer hours contributed by the individual.

Leader of Tomorrow Award

The Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes Airdrie youth who have shown leadership in the City of Airdrie though his/her volunteer involvement. The nominee must be from the ages of 11 to 18.

We would like to know:

  • ­The name of the nominee and the school they attend
  • ­The nominee's reason for volunteering
  • ­The volunteer activity that they participate in within the school setting and/or the community
  • ­How the nominee has modelled leadership in the community
  • ­The impact the volunteer has made in the community

Ambassador Award

The Ambassador Award is conferred to a business that has made an outstanding contribution in promoting the City of Airdrie as a place for community and opportunity through volunteerism and philanthropy.

We would like to know:

  • ­The business’s outstanding contributions to community
  • ­The business’s philanthropic community involvement
  • ­The number of volunteer hours and supports contributed by the business to the community

Volunteer Advocate Award

The Volunteer Advocate Award is conferred to 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.

We would like to know:

  • ­How the group attracts and retains volunteers
  • ­How the group recognizes the contributions of volunteers
  • ­The impact the group has made in the community
  • ­The number of volunteers and volunteer hours managed and recorded by the group

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.


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