Volunteer Citizen of the Year Awards



Alberta Volunteer Citizen selected for 2013 

Program to award $10,000 to volunteerism across Alberta

Sister Eileen Boyle of Westlock named 2013 Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year

Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is Sister Eileen Boyle of Westlock, Alberta.  Sister Eileen will receive a $1,000 cash award from Direct Energy and Direct Energy will make a donation of $5,000 to the Westlock and District Food Bank Association, a charity chosen by Sister Eileen, in her name.

“Sister Eileen’s commitment to her causes through her volunteer work is extraordinary, from the countless hours she spends at the Westlock and District Food Bank to her involvement at the local hospital, she is the model volunteer citizen,” said Tanis Kozak, Vice-President and General Manager, Direct Energy Canada. “Her ongoing dedication makes her a true example of what “giving back to the community where you work and live” means and Direct Energy is proud to honour her with this award.”

Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association are proud to also recognize these four finalists for the outstanding work they’ve done in their communities, and the organization they have chosen to receive their $1,000 award:

  • Joyce Johnston of Millet - Millet and District Historical Society
  • Rita Krawiec of Swan Hills - Swan Hills Community Club
  • Sylvia Krikun of Mayerthorpe - Fallen Four Memorial Society
  • Ken Westwater of Hythe - Hythe Volunteer Fire Department

 

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The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is an extension of an existing Direct Energy program that encourages company employees to volunteer their time and energy to a cause or an organization in their local community.



The award itself consists of:

  • $1,000 cash prize to the winner;
  • $5,000 cash grant to the winner's organization/cause of choice in their respective community;
  • recognition of the winner's achievement through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in AWNA newspapers across Alberta;
  • $1,000 cash grant to four semi-finalists' organization/cause of choice in their respective communities; and
  • special recognition of the four semi-finalists.

Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award rules and details can be found in the downloadable files attached above, or http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy › or can be picked up at AWNA member newspaper offices.





Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2011
Irma “Granny” Gray of Whitecourt selected from province-wide nominations.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2010
Dedicated Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician Honoured as Top Citizen: Tammy Sather of Hughenden, Alberta.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2009
Robbie Knight of Consort, AB has dedicated over 55 years to the community's Hospital Auxiliary Society earning her the Direct Energy and Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association's 2009 Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2008
Rarely has a non-profit organization or event come along that hasn’t had Vic Sadlowski’s name attached to it. Now a retired high school principal, he’s one of the most active members in the community, yet one of the most low key.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2007
A Red Deer woman who has devoted thousands of hours to helping refugees and immigrants in her community has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Direct in the Community – Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2006
An 18-year-old from Airdrie who helps several groups reach into the community has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Direct in the Community - Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year 2005
A woman who has contributed more than 50 years of volunteer service to her community has been selected as the recipient of the first ever direct in the community Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.