Volunteer Awards of Excellence
During the 10th annual Feast in the Field, held on September 12, Ability NB and presenting sponsor Cox & Palmer paid tribute to businesses that have participated in Feast in the Field for a number of years by presenting Volunteer Awards of Excellence to the following:
Riverside Resort & Conference Centre
As hosts of Feast in the Field since its inception, the Riverside Resort & Conference Centre has excelled at looking after all of our needs and making everyone feel welcome. The Riverside Resort & Conference Centre has played a key role in the success of Feast in the Field and we truly value their commitment to Ability NB.
Bruno’s Delta Fredericton
Bruno’s Delta Fredericton has provided tasty delicacies to guests attending Feast in the Field for 10 years. Each year they have gone out of their way to provide guests with a unique taste experience. Their contribution to the success of Feast in the Field cannot be overlooked and their support is truly amazing.
Kriscott Distributors Ltd.
Kriscott Distributors Ltd. have attended Feast in the Field for nine years. Each year, Kriscott Distributors Ltd. strives to provide guests with an array of products that appeal to all. Their professional approach and eagerness to have fun have made them a popular choice at Feast in the Field. We thank them for their support and for believing in what we do.
During our 2010 Annual General Meeting, we paid tribute to the following volunteers by presenting Volunteer Awards of Excellence and Ambassador of the Year Awards:
Jonathan Alexander is a caring and committed volunteer who is always ready to volunteer his time. He volunteered on the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Fredericton Committee in 2010 and on the $1 Million Hole-in-one Shootout Organizing Committee in 2009 and 2010. Jonathan has actively volunteered at numerous events including the Feast in the Field and the Art & Antique Auction. He has also volunteered to appear in media articles about our organization and our curling project. Most recently, Jonathan led the charge for prizes for the Wheels in Motion event and was responsible for the majority of the prizes that were secured. Many thanks to Jonathan for his commitment!
Deb Connors is often referred to as professional volunteer in the Fredericton area and volunteerism is an integral part of her life. She has served on numerous organizing committees for our organization including the Rick Hansen Wheel in Motion Fredericton 2010 event, Feast in the Field in 2009 & 2010, and the Art & Antique Auction in 2009 & 2010. She has also volunteered her time at the $1 Million Hole-in-one Shootout in 2009 & 2010 and hopped in a wheelchair to compete in the Wheels in Motion event with the Ability NB team. Deb’s commitment to her community and to helping others is incredible and her level of volunteerism with our organization and with many others such as the United Way is difficult to match. We are very fortunate that she continues to share her gifts of enthusiasm and hard work with our organization. Thank you Deb!
Ross Ventures Ltd., owners of Brewbakers and The Happy Baker, has participated in Feast in the Field for 9 of the past 10 years. Over the years, guests at Feast in the Field have enjoyed many delicacies prepared by the chefs at Brewbakers and The Happy Baker. In 2006, Brewbakers was voted Favourite Barbeque! Many thanks to Ross Ventures for their long term volunteer commitment to persons with mobility disabilities.
Brenda MacAlpine is an Occupational Therapist with the Adult Team at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and a truly committed partner in rehabilitation. Brenda has been a strong ambassador for our organization. She informs clients about our services and is always quick to refer individuals who she believes would benefit from our support. Brenda works closely with our Rehabilitation Counsellors to find solutions when our mutual clients need funding for their equipment needs. Brenda also represented the Centre this past year on our Ability Matters Project Advisory Committee and organized an opportunity for Ability NB to present the DVD collection of client stories to the team at the Centre. In a time where we are short health care professionals in NB and wait lists are long, our organization constantly hears feedback that Brenda always puts the client first and takes time to listen. Brenda is a true ambassador for our organization and her clients!
Kellianne Richardson is a grade 11 student at FHS. Whenever Kellianne has been approached to get involved with our organization, she does so whole-heartedly with a huge smile. She has participated in several Ability NB initiatives including taking a photo with her Rehabilitation Counsellor that appeared in a presentation to the Minister of Social Development. She has participated in several of our active living events and was an ambassador for the Ability Matters project where she shared her story, successes and advice to others. Kellianne has also helped at our organization’s events – at our yard sale, as well as the $1 Million Hole-in-One shootout where she volunteered to be a ball-sorter. At Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion she was captain of team “Cutie Pies” and fundraised for her team. Kellianne is a bright, energetic, positive and talented young lady who has a sense of humour that will make you laugh until your cheeks hurt! Kellianne is a true junior ambassador!