Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau50 Years


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2017 IVD Celebration BreakfastDecember 5th is marked as International Volunteer Day by the United Nations, in recognition of this day the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) hosted the Annual International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast! Held at the Golden Age Centre, the free breakfast shows appreciation to volunteers in our community and around the world. The GPVSB presented the Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by the Prairie Mall), the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Servus Credit Union), as well as the Outstanding Members of the Community Awards to truly deserving volunteers in our area during the breakfast. “The GPVSB is pleased to celebrate the outstanding contributions of all the nominees during the last year. Without volunteers many agencies and clubs in and around Grande Prairie would not be able to offer the support and positive impact that they do for the community.”  Says Kris Podolski, President of the Grande Prairie Volunteers Services Bureau.

This year’s Award recipients are:

Volunteer of the Year Dawn Torrance and & Sue Luken of Servus Credit UnionThe 2017 Volunteer of the Year –  Dawn Torrance

Dawn Torrance was nominated by the Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens. Sacha Balaski, Volunteer Coordinator at Pregnant & Parenting Teen nominated Dawn because, “we cannot think of a more deserving person that is so selfless and kind, Dawne deserves to be recognized in a grand way for her hard work and dedication.” The Volunteer of the Year Award is Sponsored by Servus Credit Union & presented by Servus Credit Union representative Sue Luken


Corporate Volunteer of the Year- Swiss Chalet represented by Justin Sutherland & Kristin Hurtubise of Prairie Mall.The 2017 Corporate Volunteer of the Year –  Swiss Chalet (award accepted by Justin Sutherland)

The local Swiss Chalet is owned and operated by the Sutherland Family was nominated by the St. Lawrence Centre. The restaurant is committed to more than serving fresh food as they do their best to help the community as well. For the past 5 years, Swiss Chalet has served a free Christmas Dinner to members of the community who are unable to provide for themselves or their families and/or individuals that are away from family during the holiday season. They also host Music Mondays helping Non Profits fundraise while local talent perform for customers, have a Teams Rewards program helping local youth organizations, encourage employees to help the community by volunteering and more. The Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award is Sponsored by the Prairie Mall & presented by Prairie Mall representative Kristin Hurtubise

The 2017 Outstanding Members of the Community Awards – presented by Barb Burroughs of GPVSB, are: Trevor Sak nominated by Grande Prairie Broncos; Meg Archer and her dog Molly nominated by St. John Ambulance; Akina Noppibul nominated by Goodwill Industries of Alberta and Michelle Glenn nominated by Parkside Montessori School.

Evelyn Helmrich was also recognized as an Outstanding Member of the Community but was unable to attend the breakfast. Evelyn was nominated by the Community Village.
The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Board & Staff would like to thank the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie BBQ Crew for providing & preparing this year’s breakfast, Safeway for providing juice, Tim Hortons for providing the coffee, and the Golden Age Centre for allowing us the use of their facility.

Special thanks to: the Prairie Mall and Servus Credit Union for sponsoring the Volunteer and Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards.

We would also like to thank Tom Pura for being our MC, Sean Morrison for his musical performance and to everyone who attended this year’s breakfast

Special thank you to the following Individuals & Organizations that donated door prizes to this year's Breakfast:
Chris Warkentin, MP
Wayne Drysdale, MLA
Todd Lowen, MLA
Grande Prairie & District Victim Services
Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Infinite Elements
Mr. Mikes
55a Kaffee
Seven Generations
Sheldon Hannah Insurance
Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Canadian Red Cross
Odyssey House
Marble Slab
Sportswear Plus
Oliver’s Funeral Home
Nitehawk Ski Hill
Joeys Seafood Restaurant
Hi Tech
Northside Safeway
Canadian Tire


Every action makes a difference. Every hour counts.

The United Nations General Assembly created International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 1985 as an annual celebration of voluntary action for volunteers, volunteer organizations and governments. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the designated international focal point for IVD, and supports and encourages its worldwide celebration on December 5th each year.


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