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Red Rock Urban BBQ Caught in the Act

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.
Volunteers featured in Caught in the Act receive a gift certificate from program sponsor Red Rock Urban BBQ
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Caught in the Act - Shannon CarsonShannon Carson the retired school teacher, who has spent time volunteering with the Volunteer Services Bureau in the past, likes to keep active. Her sunny disposition, positive attitude and her willingness to help anywhere she could was very much appreciated in her time with the GPVSB. So it was no surprise when she was nominated for the Red Rock Urban BBQ Caught in the Act by the Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning (GPCLL).

With her teaching background and looking to fill her free time Shannon is a natural fit in the organization’s Volunteer Tutoring Program.  She meets with her Learner Joyce Nyarza once a week at the GPCLL office, located inside the Lions Learning Centre.  Shannon works to improve Joyce’s understanding of English in reading, writing and conversation. They also discuss current events and work on her math skills. The paring has been beneficial for both tutor and tutee, as Joyce learns skills to thrive as a newcomer to Canada, Shannon learns about Sudan culture and experience of a refugee in Canada and our city. Shannon is thankful for having such a dedicated student and new friendship saying she would never have met Joyce anywhere else in the community. Joyce has been inspired in her time spent with Shannon, she has learned the value of volunteering and now helps care for children in the community. Shannon and Joyce plan to continue working together to reach Joyce’s goal of attending college in hope of becoming a nurse. The GPCLL had the following to share about their exceptional volunteer “Shannon has been helping our pre-intermediate ESL leaner to improve her reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Shannon plans lessons and meets weekly with the learner who needs this extra support to achieve her learning goals. We thank Shannon for her hard work and commitment.”  Shannon encourages anyone interested in volunteering absolutely should, she says “Volunteering is a great way to learn and meet new people, it’s also rewarding to know that your helping others and the community.”Shannon and Joyce

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Shannon Carson for her work with the Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning, helping our community and for being ‘Caught in the Act’ of volunteering. For more information on GPCLL visit www.gpcll.com. 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.

Nominate your outstanding volunteer for Red Rock Urban BBQ Caught in the Act and their Volunteer Story could be featured right here!  They will also receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Red Rock Urban BBQ! Send your nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Caught  in the Act: Linley Harper

Linley Harper is no stranger to the world of fundraising the eleven year old helps her family in their yearly ‘Give Back’ challenge, organized by her Mom Corry & the families in her day home.  The bake sale held in the family’s front yard has donated to causes around the city most recently Camp Heal-A-Heart. 

Knowing that helping others makes her happy Linley decided to find a new way to help the community. After looking at different ways to recycle plastic grocery bags into other reusable items with her family, Linley made her first skipping rope. She liked it so much she made more and decided the recycled skipping rope would make a great item to raise funds for a good cause.  At the guidance of her parents and their help Linley developed a business plan with the goal to help senior citizens that live on a fixed income by selling skipping ropes made of plastic bags. With the help of her family and friend Neyha she started ‘Every Jump Counts’. The soon to be sixth grader, with permission from the principal, sold the skipping ropes during recess in the foyer of her school, École Montrose.  With support of her classmates Linley sold 80 skipping ropes, keeping 1298 plastic bags being thrown away and raising $245 to help local seniors.

Read more: Caught in the Act: Linley Harper

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. 

Read more: Caught in the Act: Karen Winterburn


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