Caught in the Act shares the stories of outstanding Volunteers in our community and their work with the organizations that nominated them. We hope in sharing these stories we inspire others to volunteer and show the importance of volunteerism.


Rod Rutberg - Nominated By Suicide Prevention Resource Centre

Rod Rutberg Caught in the ActRod Rutberg is a family man and recently retired from being the Safety Team Leader at the Grande Prairie Weyerhaeuser.  Early in his career Rod struggled with bouts of depression, he tried to hide his problems and fix the way he felt by using alcohol and eventually he became a serious alcoholic.  Luckily Rod realized he needed help and joined Alcoholics Anonymous and is now in recovery, but according to Rod many others are not as fortunate.  Looking to help others like himself, Rod helped found the ‘Men at Risk” program with the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre in 1999, and has been an integral part of the program since.

Read more: Caught in the Act - Rod Rutberg

 Brenda Woodman - Nominated By Alberta Works

CIABrendaBrenda works closely with Alberta Works, and for the last 2 years has been integral in the delivery of their Free Volunteer Income Tax Program that is organized by Canada Revenue Agency, to provide an important service that helps individuals with modest income and a simple tax situations to file their tax return.  After taxes are completed, this allows community members to access the government benefits they are entitled to,and different community organizations that can further assist their needs. She has run similar programs with other non-profit organizations over the years.

Brenda works hard to complete taxes for free to low income Albertans within the Grande Prairie community, having completed nearly 600 returns this year alone. Brenda is always there to help in any way she can, even going to meet clients who can’t come to the Alberta Works Centre at the Town Centre Mall due to illness or other issues.

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Brendon Mercier - Nominated By Goodwill Industries of Alberta

by Tanya Ruigrok, GPVSB Communications


Brendon Mercier was hard at work when I arrived on Monday afternoon, having already dived into his weekly duties in his volunteer position at Odyssey House.  Brendon is a client of Goodwill Industries of Alberta through the Power of Work program and volunteers as a Goodwill Volunteer at Odyssey House.  His duties include recycling, sweeping the parking lot, mowing the lawn, shovelling snow, cleaning and general building maintenance.

Read more: Brendon Mercier


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