Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau50 Years

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Cole Jarvie nominated by Camp Heal-A-Heart

Cole Jarvie - Camp Heal-A-Heart

On a sunny Friday afternoon, while most people are planning their weekend, Cole Jarvie spends his lunch break meeting with the staff of Circle of Life to help prepare for this year’s activities at Camp Heal-A-Heart.  Camp Heal-A-Heart, also known as Camp He-A-He, helps youths dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one — whether through death, divorce, or separation. The camp focuses on reducing the feelings of isolation by providing an opportunity for kids to meet peers who are also experiencing loss.The Camp offers overnight camps in August, day camps in July and follow ups.

In 2001 Cole was a camper, who appreciated his time spent in the great outdoors, making new friends and learning from the Camps programs. In 2005 he became a Junior Mentor for 5 years then a Counselor and now he volunteers as a Cabin Leader, though his help expands beyond this role Cole usually floats around helping in many different areas, he is the go to person for information and assistance.  He encourages campers to make videos, prepare and perform skits and participate in talent shows. Program Co-ordinator Jamie Tissington wrote Cole’s Caught in the Act nomination saying “Cole is a solid and dependable volunteer who the kids we serve and other volunteers are able to look up to. He truly has dedicated his life to Camp Heal-A-Heart. Each summer when camp begins he has taken two weeks off from work, as a parts person, to volunteer for camp. Time and time again, he shows up for our camp and for our kids. Camp Heal a Heart would like to dedicate a sincere thank you to Cole for being someone we all can rely on.”  This year Cole is unable to use his vacation time to volunteer at the camp, he plans to head out to Pineridge Adventures Camp (where the camp is held) every day after work and help out as much as possible.

Cole is a huge advocate for the camp, he speaks and performs at the Camp Heal-A-Heart’s Annual Funder’s Luncheon. In the community Cole mentions the camp whenever possible, he recently talked about them in a radio interview he participated in about Team Alberta’s Special Olympics Bowling Team, which he is a member of. Cole similarly mentioned them in a Daily Herald Tribune Article, about the bowling team’s trip to PEI for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships. After 17 Years Cole’s dedication to Camp He-A-He continues to grow. “Volunteering is a great way to step outside ones comfort zone and helping the Camp Heal-A-Heart campers is always an awesome experience” Cole states. In looking to the camp’s future Cole hopes it grows to allow more kids to participate, “The registration fills up so fast,” he says, “it would be great to have a bigger facility, more volunteers and staff to help more kids.”

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Cole Jarvie for his work with Camp Heal-A-Heart, helping our community and for being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more on Camp Heal-A-Heart visit www.circleoflifegp.com/camp-heal-a-heart/.   The GPVSB would also like to thank our Caught in the Act sponsor Red Rock Urban BBQ for helping to recognize the great volunteers in our community.

If you’re interested in finding a volunteer opportunity visit http://gpvsb.volunteergrandeprairie.com and create a free profile. If you know an outstanding volunteer that deserves to be ‘Caught in the Act’ send your nomination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please include 2-3 sentences about your volunteer & have ‘Caught in the Act’ as your subject line).

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