There’s just over two weeks left to nominate local volunteers for the province’s Stars of Alberta awards.
Since 2000, 109 Albertans have been given the award to recognize their amazing contributions within their communities.
Of the 109 Albertans to have received the award over the last 17 years, three are from the Peace Region. Those being Ruth Kidder of Peace River, Teresa Nuthall of Wanham and Grande Prairie’s Paulette Patterson.
This year, six volunteers in the province will be honoured – two youth, two adults and a pair of seniors.
“A lot of them will receive accolades from their local communities, but we want to make sure that every Albertan knows their story. We want them to know that they are valued for the work that they’re doing. And of course, recognizing all their efforts,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
One thing that sticks out to Miranda, when it comes to Albertans enthusiasm to help one another out, is the Fort McMurray wildfires. He says at that time, everyone became a volunteer.
“People were opening their homes to strangers and welcoming them, and coming down to reception centres to ensure that people who were evacuated had entertainment and had music available to them. Even somebody to talk to and have a shoulder to cry on in some instances. All those things tell you that Albertans are very generous with their time and their energy and their money.”
Nominations for the Stars of Alberta awards close September 15.