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Member Spotlights

Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum. Our revamped Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and Highlights information about our outstanding members.   For a complete list of current GPVSB Members click HERE.   Not a Member - join GPVSB today! Click here! for membership information.

Interested in more information or Volunteering with a featured GPVSB Member? Contact agencies directly or visit their website for more details.

*Information gathered for the Member Spotlights is obtained from the respective Agencies.


 

STARS

STARS

SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE SERVICE

Mission Statement: Every life is worth fighting for.

Vision Statement: STARS believes that where you live – or work, play and travel – shouldn’t impact your chance of survival.

“Our strategy focuses on three core groups that are integral to our fight to save lives: our patients, whom we call VIPs (Very Important Patients) and are the main focus of everything we do; our crew who range from the pilots and air medical crew that carry out each mission to our corporate teams that work to raise funds; and our allies who support our ability to be a global leader in critical patient care.”

STARS MissionFor almost 35 years, red STAR helicopters have taken flight across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and parts of British Columbia, fighting for the lives of critically ill and injured patients. According to their website, STARS carried out 2,878 missions in its 2018/19 fiscal year — an average of 8 flights per day! That’s more than 42,000 missions since the non-profit, charitable organization launched in 1985. The three bases in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie) have flown 1,434 missions during the 2018/19 fiscal year, including missions to communities in B.C.

Outside air ambulance flights, STARS also offers outreach and education programs to rural communities, specifically to hospital and medical staff, fire departments, and industry professionals. The STARS Emergency Link Centre provides emergency dispatch and coordination. The industry site registration program allows for easy location identification in cases such as rural oil and gas work. And their work-alone monitoring service gives industry employees and employers peace of mind when employees are working solo.

STARS Development Officer Sally Bellerose emphasises the importance of volunteers to the agency.

“The gift of time from volunteers at community fundraising events helps to ensure STARS can be there for the next patient who needs us,” she said. “Our volunteer roles can range from selling raffle tickets, working registration tables, helping with event set up or tear down, or pulling winning tickets in our annual province-wide Alberta lottery.”

Even with funding from the federal and provincial governments for STARS’ ambitious fleet renewal program, which is replacing older helicopters with newer models, fundraising is still vital for STARS’ operations.

“We still need to raise millions of dollars – as we always have – to keep our mission in flight. It costs approximately $10 million per year to operate each of our six bases across Western Canada,” stated Sally.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with STARS in the Grande Prairie area contact Sally at 780-830-7007 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also view current openings and apply online at stars.ca/volunteer.

The GPVSB would like to thank STARS and Sally Bellerose for being part of our Member Spotlight. For more information about this life-saving organization visit stars.ca and follow them on: 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/STARSairambulance

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society Logo

Mission Statement:  The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports all people with all cancers in communities across the country.  Working as a national organization allows us to operate more efficiently and ensure donor dollars are spent effectively. And advancements benefit all Canadians, regardless of where they live.

CSS is a collective of people united by the same goals.  This includes people with cancer, their families, friends and healthcare teams, as well as donors, scientists, advocates, volunteers and partner organizations.

CCS knows that cancer can change a lot of things.  They know that for people with cancer and their families, life is more than a diagnosis.  That’s why CSS are always looking for ways to improve the cancer experience by helping people live longer and enhancing their quality of life.  CSS is here to help and support people live their lives more fully, because they believe that life is bigger than cancer.

You can help make a difference – our vision to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer is only achievable if we work collectively with people united by the same goals.

Become engaged in your community with the Canadian Cancer Society by visiting their online volunteer registration site, Volunteer Hub at  https://grandeprairie.cancer.volunteerhub.com/ or call the Cancer Information Service provided via a toll-free help line (1-888-939-3333) or cancer.ca for support.

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The GPVSB would like to thank the Canadian Cancer Society for being part of our Member Spotlight. For more information about The Canadian Cancer Society visit https://cancer.ca/ and follow them on; Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CCSPrairies/,  Twitter - https://twitter.com/CCSPrairies & YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/CDNCancerSociety.

 

Disclaimer of Liability: This page contains links to third-party service provider websites. Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is not responsible and assumes no liability for the content or materials available on any linked third-party sites.

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