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2018 National Volunteer Week Annual Appreciation Luncheon featuring the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO


The Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau (GPVSB) celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 with our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at Revolution Place. The GPVSB was joined by presenting sponsor ATCO, Special Guest Alex Zahara, our Member Agencies, area students and community members from Grande Prairie & Area to celebrate and thank the Volunteers of our communities; whose dedication and efforts make the world a better place and make it possible for so many great things we take for granted to happen.

Alex Zahara

The GPVSB was excited to have Special Guest Alex Zahara return home to the Peace Country and speak at this year’s Luncheon. Mr. Zahara has been in the TV & Film Industry for over 20 years and has over 130 screen credits. Alex currently stars in the new movie Aliens Ate My Homework & has played roles in; Riverdale, The Man from High Castle, Once Upon a Time, Stargate SG1, Lonesome Dove Church, Horns, Gundam00 & many more. Thank you Alex for attending this year’s luncheon.

The Luncheon featured the prestigious Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO, honouring outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. The awards were presented to individuals in two categories: Ages 13-15 & Ages 16-18. Recipients received Leaders of Tomorrow Awards trophy, a certificate, cash award of $100, and a $100 donation to the charity of their choice.

2018LOTwinnersThis year’s Leaders of Tomorrow are:

Ages 13-15
  • Madi Campbell nominated by Mother Teresa Leadership Team. Madi’s Charity of Choice is NICU - Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation
  • Augustine Clarke nominated by Hythe Regional School. Augustine’s Charity of Choice is Rotary House Grande Prairie
  • Caleigh Gillis nominated by Mother Teresa Leadership Team. Caleigh’s Charity of choice is Grande Prairie Bandaged Paws
  • Taylor Kimpe-Miller nominated by North Peace Bracket Racing Association. Taylor’s Charity of choice is Kids with Cancer Society
  • Talia Peters nominated by Mother Teresa Leadership Team. Talia’s Charity of choice is Kev’s Kids Society
Ages 16-18
  • Revenelle Gladue nominated by John Howard Society of Grande Prairie. Revenelle’s Charity of Choice is Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens
  • Kiera Kruger nominated by Lucille Partington. Kiera’s Charity of Choice is Suicide Prevention Resource Centre.
  • Sophie Leslie nominated by Charles Spencer High School Maverick Movement. Sophie’s Charity of Choice is Foundation Glycosylation
  • Heather Taylor nominated by Joanna Hotte. Heather’s Charity of Choice is KidSport - Grande Prairie.


Jozhua Zang

For the second year the luncheon also hosted The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This Award recognizes all of the amazing things young people can do and encourage learning outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential, make a difference in their community and explore the wonders of the great outdoors. This year’s Grande Prairie and Area recipient is Jozhua Zhang. For more information on the Duke of Edinbrough Awards please visit
The John Morrison BandSpecial Thank you to Tom Pura for being the Master of Ceremonies and to the James Morrison Band (James, Sean & Kyle) for their performance.   

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Staff & Board would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Luncheon and Leaders of Tomorrow Awards:


Presenting Sponsor:

ATCO new   ATCO Donation

Luncheon Sponsors:

alberta1 City of Grande Prairie county of grande prairie logo1 

International Paper GPLions Revolution Place

Awards Sponsors:

Volunteer Alberta FCSS Wembley MD of Greenview

Investors Group GPchamber Swan City Rotary Club

Trumpeter Lions Club

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their generous door prize donation:

Al's News; Alex Zahara; Bear Creek Funeral Home; Benjamin Moore; Booster Juice; Chris Warkentin, MP; City of Grande Prairie CSD; Cloverdale Paint; Crouse's Cleaner's; First Choice Haircutters; Four Points by Sheraton; Grande Prairie & District Victim Services; Grande Prairie Live Theater; Grande Spirit Foundation; Heart & Stroke Foundation; Holiday Inn Express; House of Merlin Emporium - NRG; Kimanski Gold Panning & Supplies; Marble Slab Creamery; Marlin Travel; Motel 6; Mrs. B's Drapery; Over Head Doors; Popeye’s; Papa Murphy’s; Ramona's Pizza; Red Rock Urban BBQ; Sandman Hotel; Seven Generations; Shark Club; Sports Wear Plus; STARS; St. Johns Ambulance; Tracey’s Treasures; UFA; Wayne Drysdale, MLA. 



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