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Local Social Service Providers celebrated during 13th Annual Passionate Heart Awards
Posted Date: 2/14/2019
People, organizations and businesses dedicated to enhancing the social well-being of community members throughout our area received recognition during the 13th Annual Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon, held today at The TARA Centre in Evergreen Park.

Presented by the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) departments at the County of Grande Prairie, City of Grande Prairie, towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, and Wembley, and the Village of Hythe, the Passionate Heart Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in human services throughout the region.

“We are fortunate to have such highly dedicated people and agencies serving our communities,” said Coree Ladwig, Team Lead of Adult, Senior and Community Programs at the County of Grande Prairie. “The professionals being recognized today are the unsung heroes in our communities, and their commitment to their work is truly inspiring”.

“Delivery of the annual Passionate Heart Award program is a way for us to celebrate the job we do in supporting individuals and families,” added Anna Stewart, City of Grande Prairie Home Support Coordinator. “Each year it becomes more and more challenging for our committee to decide on winners for each category, the nominations are so inspiring.” 

This year, 16 frontline workers from seven organizations and one business received awards in four category areas, including:

The Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Award: 
Cristine Bryan, Dave Barr  Community Centre
Barbara London, St Mary’s School 
Natascha Okimaw, Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
Valerie Thiessen, Volunteer Services Bureau
Carrie Thomson, PACE 

Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award: 
Canadian Mental Health Association – Mobile Addictions Outreach Team
Team Members: Sherilee Crawlee, Penny Newhook
Sunrise House Youth Emergency Shelter Team
Team Members: James Buckel, Paula Friesen, Real Gagne, Wyatte George, Kathryn Goertzen, Jodi Morris, Emma Noseworthy.

Chris Henderson Lifetime Service Award:
Carla Eckstrom, PACE
Charlene Eckstrom, PACE

Passionate Heart Business Award:
Pizza Hut, Franchisee Justin Munroe