Last December, I hosted a special event to hand out ‘Community Builders Awards’ in recognition of people in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital who go “above-and-beyond” in helping our community. I chose to recognize leaders in our community centres, our residents associations and two residents whose kindness, generosity and compassion merit special recognition.
Community Centre Presidents
Community Centres are at the heart of our communities. They are run by volunteer members – our neighbours, our friends who dedicate countless hours ensuring that our children have numerous opportunities to learn and be active, and providing family-friendly programming for us all to enjoy. The award was president to the community centre Chairs in recognition of all the board members’ and volunteers’ contributions.
Absent: Adria Mielke (Windsor Community Centre)
Residents Association Presidents
The Residents Associations play a vital role in voicing the unique needs of our neighbourhoods. From helping usher in a needed new cell tower, to visits with Santa and movie nights in the park, the many volunteers on residents associations donate time and energy to making each community feel like one large family.The award was president to the residents associations’ Chairs in recognition of all the board members’ and volunteers’ contributions.
Absent: Michelle Berger (South St. Boniface Residents’ Association)
A busy university student, Cami still finds time to be an active volunteer in her community. Her accomplishments are many and span across several fields: from sports to tutoring, from helping those less fortunate and assisting seniors. She also works hard for charitable campaigns such as Variety and the Dragon Boat Festival. But perhaps most impressive is the creation of the Jaedra Winter Memorial Scholarship. Affected by the death of her classmate, Cami worked with Jaedra’s family and the school administration to create this memorial award presented to a graduating student at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé who best exemplifies Jaedra’s spirit of kindness, compassion and positivity.
Theresa was nominated by members of the school where she volunteers: École Howden. A long-term volunteer at the school, on the pre-school board and the Parent Advisory Council – where she was also the President – Theresa’s spirit of giving knows no bounds. Theresa’s dedication to the students and the staff at École Howden contributed greatly to a positive atmosphere within the halls – and is only the tip of the iceberg of what she does for the Windsor Park community.