Winners and nominees

Recipients of the 37th Annual Volunteer Awards (November 2020)

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Family Volunteer Award

June Buboire & Family [Winnipeg]

The Buboire Family are being recognized for their volunteer work with the Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg's North End. The entire family have donated countless hours to help the Bear Clan respond to the needs of the community, and to protect its young women and children.

Barb Gemmell Catalyst Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

Noreen Hees [Winnipeg]

Ms. Hees is being recognized for her work leading over 300 volunteers and ensuring they are being continuously recognized by the leadership and board of the Manitoba Museum. She has spent the last 15 years elevating the volunteer workforce at the museum and ensuring that the role of volunteers is highly valued within the organization.

Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) Community Leadership Award

Jeannot Robert [Ste Agathe]

M. Robert is a pillar in the community of Ste. Agathe and for over 50 years has donated his time and expertise to a variety of organizations, including the Ste. Agathe Minor Hockey Board, the Ste. Agathe Parish Finance Committee, the Red River School Division and Ste-Agathe CDI (Community Development Inc.)

The IG Wealth Management Financial Confidence Champion Award (MB)

Stephen Perlmutter [Winnipeg]

Mr. Perlmutter is being recognized for his dedication to Winnipeg Harvest, where he has donated over 3,868 hours. He has volunteered his time to help out in the warehouse, doing taxes for the clients of Winnipeg Harvest and those who access the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and for teaching law students from the University of Manitoba the practicalities of filing income tax returns.

Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) Shelter Foundation Award

Haley Hickey [Winnipeg]

Ms. Hickey is being recognized for her volunteer work with 1justCity and their Just a Warm Sleep program, an emergency overnight warming shelter that runs during the coldest winter months. She was vital to the creation of the shelter and spent many early mornings, and late nights, ensuring sleepers are being greeted by a friendly and familiar face.

RBC Bright Future Award

Justin Langan [Swan River]

Mr. Langan was nominated by the Northwest Metis Council Inc. for his volunteer work with their organization, and many other organizations. He has donated time to Swan River's Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre, his own high school, Northwest Youth Advisory Committee, MMF Provincial Youth Advisory Committee, and the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centre's Youth Engagement Committee.

Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Consultant Award

Alexandra Blinder [Winnipeg]

Ms. Blinder was nominated by 1justCity for her volunteer work providing financial advice to the organization, as well as various other non-profits in Manitoba. Thanks to Alexandra, many organizations have been able to expand programs and allow for services to be accessed by those who need it the most.

William Norrie Arts and Culture Volunteer Award

Taya Rtichsheva [Winnipeg]

Ms. Rtichsheva is being recognized for her volunteer work coordinating the Canadian Russian language television network RTV, based in Winnipeg. She also plays a vital role with the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (founder of TVKIDS Media), Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba and is the founder of U-Multicultural, a non-profit organization uniting more than 17 ethnic communities.

CTV Champion of Mental Health Volunteer Award

Angela Taylor [Winnipeg]

Ms. Taylor is being recognized for her volunteer work as Inspire Community Outreach's CEO and Founder. She created Inspire to fill in the gaps in services for families with children who have complex neurological differences.

Lieutenant Governor's Make a Difference Community Awards

Maggie Yeboah [Winnipeg]

Ms. Yeboah is being recognized for her dedication and commitment to the Association of African Communities in Manitoba Inc., the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba, the African Pavilion at Folklorama, Huron Childcare, the African Culture Heritage Centre, the Improving Access Project, and Crestview Park Free Methodist Church.

Doug Mackie [Winnipeg]

Mr. Mackie is being recognized for his volunteer work with Men's Sheds, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Scouts Manitoba, Macdonald Youth Services, the Manitoba Recreational Trail Association and many others.

Tina Jones [Winnipeg]

Ms. Jones was nominated by the Health Sciences Centre Foundation for her tireless efforts on behalf of the foundation and many other organizations, including St. Amant Centre, FortWhyte Alive, Jocelyn House Hospice, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, CancerCare Manitoba, and the Habitat for Humanity - Women Build Program.

Kyle LeBlanc [Winnipeg]

Mr. LeBlanc has donated countless hours to Winnipeg Harvest and many other organizations, including Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Police Service Marathon, Kids Fest, the Santa Claus Parade, Folklorama, Dream Factory, Freeze Frame Festival, the Assiniboine Zoo and many more.

Shirley Kalyniuk [Rossburn]

Ms. Kalyniuk is being recognized for her volunteer work in the Rossburn community. She has given her time to the Russell-Onanole Peace Run, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Manitoba Communities in Bloom, Parkland Employment Resource Centre, Lifelong Education for Adults Reading and Numeracy, Age-Friendly Committee, Affordable Senior Housing Committee, and the Rossburn Senior Resource Council.

Doris Hovorka [Sprague], also the recipient of the 2020 Lieutenant Governor's Vice-Regal Volunteer Award

Ms. Hovorka is being recognized for her volunteer work in the community of Sprague, and her volunteer work with the Sprague Community Centre, the Sprague and District Historical Museum and the Eastborderland Community Housing Committee.

Mayor's Volunteer Service Award

Deborah Dykstra [Winnipeg]

Ms. Dykstra was nominated by Inclusion Winnipeg for her volunteer work as the founder and coordinator of the Next Chapter Book Club. This program is a unique community-based book club that is open to everyone including adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Will & Candace Huggard [Winnipeg]

The Huggards are being recognized for their volunteer work with the Crestview Scouts Group. As leaders in the organization they play a vital role in developing well-rounded youth and preparing them for success in the world.

Monica Manaigre & Rachel Gordon [Winnipeg]

Monica and Rachel are being recognized for their volunteer work with Motionball for Special Olympics. Motionball is a non-profit organization that empowers young Canadians to be leaders in their communities, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics so that individuals with intellectual disabilities can lead happier, healthier lives.

Sara Usman [Winnipeg]

Ms. Usman is being recognized for her volunteer work as the Co-Founder, President and Director of the Shameless Circle. This organization provides support to women and children who have been shamed and are isolated and encourages them to stand up for themselves.

Alison Campeau [Winnipeg]

Ms. Campeau is being recognized for her work producing films for churches, designing posters about world issues, serving food in the inner city, mentoring at "Just TV Multimedia Program", and teaching inner city youth about film and photography. She uses her skills as a film-maker, photographer and graphic designer to make the world a better place.

Premier's Volunteer Service Award

Anne Thoroughgood [Winnipeg]

Ms. Thoroughgood is being recognized for her dedication to the Windsor Park United Church, where she has been involved for over 40 years. She has volunteered with several community groups including the Square Dancing Association, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the High Steppers Senior Club, and has been a member of United Church Women's group for over 50 years.

Darlynne Smith [Brandon]

Ms. Smith is being recognized for her dedication to the Brandon Community. She has been involved in the development of the Westman Stroke Support Group plus the Westman Aphasia Inc. (WAI). She is also a volunteer with Fairview Prairie Mountain Health, Brandon Festival of the Arts and at her local church.

Jo Bunka [Winnipegosis]

Ms. Bunka is being recognized for her work as museum board member for over 40 years, a volunteer curator of two Provincial Award winning museums in Winnipegosis (Medd House and the former CN Train Station Museum) and is an active leader in the Winnipegosis Historical Society. She is also a leader in their local Roman Catholic Church, Royal Purple Society of Canada and the New Horizons Senior Center.

Janet Menec [Winnipeg]

Ms. Menec is being recognized for her work at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She is one of the founding volunteers, and has since contributed over 1050 hours of service assisting in a number of different roles. She has also been involved with the Winnipeg Inner City Missions, Canadian Home Economics Foundation, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is a founding member of Days for Girls International local Winnipeg Chapter.

Murielle Bugera [St-Pierre-Jolys]

Ms. Bugera is being recognized for her work in the St-Pierre-Jolys community. She has been a member of the Parc Carillon Committee, where she has been monumental in organizing the community to build a splash pad. She has a passion for community development in her community and a drive to maintaining the village's cultural distinction in South East Manitoba.

Jacinda Houle [Portage la Prairie]

Ms. Houle is being recognized for her work teaching Indigenous dance and culture appreciation in the Portage la Prairie region. She is also a member of the First Nation Leadership group at Portage Collegiate, a member of Sources of Strength and has been a Peer Leader since middle school. Additionally Jacinda promotes her Indigenous culture by volunteering to teach the staff in the Portage la Prairie School Division how to bead and create jewelry.

Katie Grace Brown [Brandon]

Ms. Grace is being recognized for her work fundraising over $15,000 for Blancos Kids in the Dominican Republic and her continuous work in her home community Minnedosa. She is also a member of her school's Student Council Executive, Social Justice Group, Let's Stop it Now Group and the Citizen's Helping all Nations Grow Equally group.

Sydney Tuk [Winnipeg]

Ms. Tuk is being reconized for her outstanding leadership at school. She was the leader of "S.W.A.T." (students working against tobacco), "S.T.A.G" (stand together and grow), which is a mental health group that promotes positive mental and physical well-being and continually helped organize many school events and charity fundraisers. She is also a committed volunteer for the Christmas Cheer Board, Special Olympics and her local church.

Abigail Stewart [Winnipeg]

Ms. Stewart is being recognized for her amazing work with the Children's Hospital Foundation. At the age of seven, she volunteered her time sharing her Children's Hospital Story during their annual Radiothons. Since then she has volunteered at the annual Teddy Bears Picnic, participated in the Relay for Life, has made many speeches across Canada explaining her story with the Children's Hospital Foundation and organized a huge bake sale to fundraise $22, 520.00 for the Oncology Unit.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #57 [Ashern]

The volunteers of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #57 are being recognized for their integral role in providing services to veterans, seniors and community members in the town of Ashern. Additionally the branch is dedicated to fundraising funds for the community, with over $64,000 donations being made to various groups benefiting a variety of demographics.

Children's Hospital Book Market [Winnipeg]

The volunteers of the Children's Hospital Book Market are being recognized for their extraordinary work coordinating the annual Children's Hospital Book Market. Volunteers, whom some have volunteered 30 and 40 plus years, sort, price and pack over 100,000 books per sale. All funds raised have assisted the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba as well as the Manitoba Burn Fund for Children.

Meals on Wheels Winnipeg [Winnipeg]

The volunteers of Meals on Wheels Winnipeg are being recognized for their amazing work delivering meals directly to the homes of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and vulnerable residents of Winnipeg. Each year, over 300 volunteers, deliver over 175,000 meals to over 500 Winnipeg residents.