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Meet the 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow

2019 Leaders of Tomorrow

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO, honour outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. The awards were presented to young individuals between the Ages of 13 to 18. Recipients received a Leaders of Tomorrow Awards trophy, a certificate, cash award of $100, and a $100 donation to the charity of their choice. The Awards were presented at the 2019 National Volunteer Week Annual Appreciation Luncheon. For more information about this year's Luncheon click here.

This year we recognized 7 Leaders of Tomorrow who exhibit dedication and excellence in their fields of volunteer work including school, community, social activism, athletics or arts; and, inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others. Also for the first time we recognized two upcoming Leaders of Tomorrow who are both under 13 years old.  Youths recognized this year are: 

2019 LEADERS OF TOMORROW

Anna Cuff receiving her award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Anna Cuff 
Age: 17    
Nominated by: Shannon and Nelson Cuff
School: St. Joseph Catholic High School   
Resident of: Grande Prairie
Charity of Choice: St. Lawrence Centre

From an early age Anna has demonstrated a passion for volunteerism.   As early as Grade 6 she began volunteering with her school's social justice club to raise money for the local food bank as well as raise funds to build a well for a community in Africa.  She has volunteered weekly in Mackenzie Place with its residents as part of the "Adopt a Grandparent" program.  Anna has also worked at the QEII Hospital with the Recreation Therapy program to continue working with the residents of Mackenzie Place. She balances volunteering and community service, with leadership and participation on various school committees along with her academics. Congratulations Anna.

Shubh Patel receiving his award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Shubh Patel
Age: 17    
Nominated by: Volunteer Resources – QEII Hospital, Alberta Health Services
School: Grande Prairie Composite High School   
Resident of: Grande Prairie
Charity of Choice: 3D Hockey Charity (3D Children’s Society)

Shubh Patel has logged over 300 volunteer hours over the past 4 years as a registered Alberta Health Services Volunteer. He has worked to help wherever he can in a number of different areas in the hospital including the Cancer clinic, emergency department and biomedical engineering. From a young age Shubh has also volunteered in other areas of his school and community such as President of the school council, member of the model United Nations,  the annual City clean-up’s and helping to serve food at the Grande Prairie Hindu Temple. It was noted by his nominator a ‘balance’ that Shubh displays in volunteering, his academics, sports activities, musical performances, his spiritual wellness and most-importantly his family. Congratulations Shubh.

Torann Mecham receiving her award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Torann Mecham
Age: 16    
Nominated by: Dana Heidemann
School: Beaverlodge Regional High School   
Resident of: Beaverlodge
Charity of Choice: Bandaged Paws

Torann is an outstanding volunteer within the community of Beaverlodge. She exhibits genuine love, caring and compassion for her community. She has volunteered on several occasions to help prepare the annual school-wide Christmas dinner, designing and painting backdrops and helping out with our younger students this year. She has always been an inspiration for others. She is the current club president for the Saskatoon Mountain 4H multi-club. As a key district 4-H member she helps with district learning events. She has been involved with the Girl Guides of Canada since 2011 and as a ranger member assists with the younger girls. She is an excellent example of selfless leadership. Congratulations Torann.

Jenna Noullett receiving her award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Jenna Noulett
Age: 15    
Nominated by: Kristin Trudel & St. Mary Catholic School (Beaverlodge)
School: Beaverlodge Regional High School  
Resident of: Beaverlodge
Charity of Choice: The Salvation Army

While attending St. Mary’s School, Jenna volunteered in areas such as Leadership Committee, Breakfast Club, and Canteen and Office helper. Jenna is the current 4-H Multi Club Vice President and assists with younger students. She was an active member of the Beaverlodge 4-H Beef Club and was an active volunteer setting up for club meetings, highway cleanup as well as work with achievement day. Jenna is currently in the 4-H painting project and has been helping to create works for the 4-H Multi Club’s art show. She is an outstanding volunteer within the community of Beaverlodge. Jenna has a huge heart and is willing to share it with all those around her. Congratulations Jenna.

Larissa Okimaw-Keels receiving her award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Larissa Okimaw-Keels
Age: 14    
Nominated by: Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
School: John Paul II Catholic School  
Resident of: Grande Prairie
Charity of Choice: Grande Prairie Friendship Centre Youth Fund

Larissa has been a volunteering for the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre since she was 11 years old. This last fall she was integral in the planning of the Alberta Culture Days mini Round Dance hosted by the GPFC. She herself is a traditional Jingle dress dancer, having performed her solo pieces at various events. They are choreographed to tell stories of Indigenous importance. Larissa is currently involved in the Spirit Seekers Youth Conference. This is her 3rd year and Larissa has volunteered to be one of two MC's for the conference Opening Ceremony. In doing this she stepped out of her comfort zone to take on a new challenge. Congratulations Larissa.

Mark Debre receiving his award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton

Mark Debre
Age: 15    
Nominated by: Lucille Partington
School: St. Mary’s Catholic School (Sexsmith)  
Resident of: Sexsmith
Charity of Choice: Children’s Wish Foundation

Mark Debre is described as kind and considerate; someone that works well with others. Mark excels in team sports such as basketball but is also the person that would volunteer to keep score. His efforts in helping those around him are evident in the service he provides to his elderly neighbors. With the help of his family, Mark works diligently during winter months clearing snow and hauling and preparing firewood. The assistance provided to them allows them to remain in their own home as they are elderly, while keeping them safe and comfortable. Mark can also be found volunteering his time at his local church in various ways. “Students like Mark keep me coming back” says nominator Lucille Partington, a substitute teacher at St. Mary’s School.

 

Nathaniel Kim receiving his award from ATCO’s Pamela Henton
Nathaniel Kim
Age: 15    
Nominated by: Captain Peter Kim
School: Charles Spencer High School  
Resident of: Grande Prairie
Charity of Choice: The Salvation Army

Nathaniel has dedicated his time and energies to the work of The Salvation Army since the 4th grade. He has helped with local Christmas Kettle Campaigns as a bell ringer, The Community Carnival & city parades. His volunteer activities extend into his local church and working with seniors through Community Care Ministries. As a Charles Spencer student he is a member of the Maverick Movement and part of the Rotary Community Interact Club as acting President. He leads other youth involved in various community projects such as the Food Bank Drive, feeding the homeless & serving tea at the Golden Age Centre. He has also logged countless number of hours in service. Congratulations Nathaniel.

UPCOMING LEADERS OF TOMORROW  
Martin Moerike with his Mom at the NVW LuncheonJadyn AndersonThough these two oustanding kids are not eligible to be nominated for the Learders of Tomorrow Award, The GPVSB would like to recognize the efforts of Martin Moerike (Age: 11), who was nominated by Helen E Taylor School Principal Rob Robinson, and Jadyn Anderson (Age:12), who was nominated by Stepping Stones Day Care Society - Parent Link.  At a young age both Martin and Jadyn have both shown leadership and volunteerism in helping others and the community. 
 

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Staff & Board would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Luncheon and Leaders of Tomorrow Awards:

National Volunteer Week Appreciation Luncheon & Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Presenting Sponsor:

ATCO Group
ATCO Group

National Volunteer Week Appreciation Luncheon & Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Sponsors:

Volunteer Alberta
Volunteer Alberta

Revolution Place
Revolution Place

Grande Prairie Lions Club
Grande Prairie Lions Club

Chamber of Commerce Grande Prairie & District
Chamber of Commerce Grande Prairie & District

Prairie Disposal
Prairie Disposal

Swan City Rotary Club
Swan City Rotary Club

Central Peace FCSS
Central Peace FCSS

Green View FCSS
Green View FCSS

One of the biggest computer manufacturers

Town of Sexsmith FCSS
Town of Sexsmith FCSS

Town of Wembley
Town of Wembley

Town of Beaverlodge
Town of Beaverlodge

IPAC Services Corp
IPAC Services Corp

County of Grande Prairie No. 1
County of Grande Prairie No. 1

International Paper
International Paper

City of Grande Prairie CSD
City of Grande Prairie CSD

City of Grande Prairie
City of Grande Prairie

Special Thank you to Tom Pura for being the Master of Ceremonies & Guest Speaker Wade Doris from International Paper.
 

We would also like to thank the following for donating door prizes to this year's event; Wayne Drysdale, Bear Creek Funeral Home, Grande Prairie Victim Services, Grande Spirit Foundation, Popeye’s Supplements Grande Prairie, Domino’s Pizza, Phillip J. Currie Dino Museum, Bravo Target, Mr. Mikes Steakhouse, Better Than Fred’s, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, Valleyview Fields, Crouse’s Cleaners, Grande Prairie Live Theatre, STARS, Shark Club, Overhead Doors, Homesteader Health, Staples Preferred, United Farmers Assoc., General Nutrition Centers, Al’s News, Safeway Northgate, Grande Prairie Crime Prevention, North Peace Bracket Racing Association, Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens Society, Western Star Freightliner and Gay and Lesbian Association of the Peace.

 

Meet the 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow

2018 LOT winners

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO, honour outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. The awards were presented to individuals in two categories: Ages 13-15 & Ages 16-18. Recipients receive a Leaders of Tomorrow Awards trophy, a certificate, cash award of $100, and a $100 donation to the charity of their choice. The Awards were presented at the 2018 National Volunteer Week Annual Appreciation Luncheon. For more information about this year's Luncheon click here.

Meet the 9 Leaders of Tomorrow who exhibit dedication and excellence in their fields of volunteer work including school, community, social activism, athletics or arts; and, inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others:

Read more: Meet the 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow

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