Charities operating in the not for profit sector are key to the vitality of Southeastern Alberta. The effectiveness and efficiency of these organizations is highly dependent on the dedication, skill and talent of the staff they employ.
The Vital People program aims to acknowledge, recognize and encourage the staff working in front line, program delivery, coordination or junior management positions for local charities.
The program will offer two $500 awards, to assist with the training or skill development that best suits the needs of the individual selected to receive the award.
Staff members who hold a permanent position (either full or part-time) are eligible. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years in the position and the potential, aptitude and motivation to follow a career in their chosen field within the charitable/not for profit sector.
Nominations are accepted from Executive Directors and Senior Managers of Registered Charitable Organizations. Resources are limited and only two awards are available. To save disappointment it is suggested that a nominated candidate is not informed of the application until the selection process is complete. Awards will be announced at the Vital Signs launch event in October of each year. Application deadline is June 30th. Applications should include a simple letter of nomination and recommendation and be accompanied with a current resume.
Brandie Taylor is employed as a Supervisor of McMan’s Inn Between Youth Shelter. Brandie demonstrates a dedication to serving both the youth in McMan’s care and youth in the community. She is always raising the bar when she provides an exceptional level of service, working hard to forge stronger relationships with funders and community partners. Brandie educates her staff on best practices and seeks out evidence based research that will impact the level of care that is provided. Brandie is innovative, creative, and extremely resourceful. She applied for a $25,000 Home Depot grant to renovate the Inn’s Kitchen which led to the Inn Between being selected as Home Depot’s Charity for their Orange Door campaign for the past two years. Brandie is passionate about the Inn Between, always looking for ways to make her work more efficient and more effective but her passion doesn’t stop there. Brandie is an active, visible and engaged supervisor who supports all of McMan’s programs and initiatives. As a self-proclaimed “McMan Lifer”, Brandie is currently a part of the agency mentorship program that is designed to support junior leaders that are capable of advancing to more senior levels of management. The Staff at McMan appreciate Brandi’s positive attitude, she goes the extra mile and really “walks the talk” when it comes to ensuring her programs are strength-based, youth-centered and effective. The Inn Between has met a real need in Medicine Hat for a wide range of youth’s individual circumstances, which is largely due to Brandie’s leadership. The work that Brandi does positively impacts the lives of community members everyday. She is a vital asset to both McMan and the Community of Medicine Hat.
Louisa Clapper is currently employed with Bridges Family Programs in the Children’s Fetal Alcohol Services program since 2010, as a CFAS Clinic Coordinator/Consultant. In addition, to being employed full time, she is working on her Masters of Counselling Degree. She is an exemplary employee and has a passion for ongoing learning and helping people. She is conscientious, reliable, forward thinking, a very hard worker and extremely knowledgeable in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the human service field. She is a team player and has for many years, facilitated a group of multidisciplinary professionals to coordinate the Regional FASD Diagnostic Clinic for children in Medicine Hat. This past year she developed and implemented the Regional FASD Diagnostic Clinic for Adults, delivering exceptional outcomes for adults with FASD. This role allowed Louisa to grow in her management skills. Louisa is a team player who is always willing to help, her sense of humour is contagious and her dedication to Bridges is remarkable.
Jamie Evans - Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society
Christa MacDonald – REDI Enterprises
Heather Bach – Health Foundation
Christina Johnson – Medicine Hat Family Services
Dave Craipley – McMan
Cori Fischer – Canadian Mental Health
104, 430 – 6th Avenue S.E.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2S8
Phone: (403) 527 9038
Fax: (403) 527 9204
Charitable Registration Number 136030285RR0001