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.


CIA Karen

As the roar of the engines fade after a weekend full of racing volunteers of the North Peace Bracket Racing Association (NPBRA) prepare to tear down the track they set up days earlier at the Beaverlodge Airport. On hand for the tear down and most likely everything else that weekend is volunteer Karen Winterburn. 

Karen started volunteering with the non-profit organization ten years ago as a way to spend more time with her Father who also volunteers with the group, though he now volunteers to spend more time with her as Karen’s dedication to the agency takes up most of her free time, according to friends. Karen has many roles with NPBRA she is the Administrator, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising & Sponsorship Director, Web Site Manager and helps in various other areas when needed. In her many roles Karen has managed to develop and organize a steady volunteer base. She fulfilled sponsorship goals for races, trophies and miscellaneous. She also fundraised to build a Café at the track, which only cost organization $12 to finish. Karen helps plan the year’s events and races including the organizations year end Windup Party and she helped at the Spring Spectacular Car Show. In the near future Karen’s plans for a growing NPBRA include building a playground, increasing membership and having the organization be more involved in the larger community by having groups participate events like the County of Grande Prairie Weed Warriors and cleanup programs. Karen is quick to point out the contributions of other volunteers who have helped her and the agency and consistently recognizes their efforts by nominating them for Tim Hortons Volunteers of the Week.  “Our volunteers, racers and members have become a close little community” says Karen, “We all love cars and racing.  Any volunteers that love them too will fit right in and make new friends, have lots of fun, and experience the thrill of riding down the track with one of our racers.”

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Karen Winterburn for her work with North Peace Bracket Racing Association, helping our community and for being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more on NPBRA visit 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.

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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.

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Lois Kurlovich nominated by Finishing Touch Grad Society

Lois Kurlovich - Finishing Touch Grad SocietyAs the snow finally begins to slowly melt away, young adults here in the city and county of Grande Prairie prepare for their upcoming graduations and proms.  Celebrating this momentous occasion can be expensive for many individuals, luckily the Finishing Touch Grad Society is able to help those look their best. On a grey skied second day of spring, the society held their annual Boutique Day, an event where volunteers set up a store front with dressing rooms and let the soon to be graduates shop and try on outfits and accessories to find the perfect look for their graduation. At the start of Boutique Day, at the Dunes Golf & Country Club, GPVSB staff was on hand to surprise & catch Lois Kurlovich in the Act of Volunteering, and she kindly spoke to us about her volunteer work.

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