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. Vital People Award Program recognizes and supports these leaders in our community by investing in their success through professional development opportunities.
Staff members and volunteers who hold a permanent position (either full or part-time) are eligible. Vital People Awards are available to those taking on new leadership challenges, as well as those with many years of experience. 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 will be accepted once a year, with a deadline of September 15th.
Nominations are accepted from Executive Directors and Senior Managers of Registered Charitable Organizations. Only two awards are available. We suggest 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 each year. Applications should include a simple letter of nomination and recommendation by their supervisor or Executive Director. Please be sure to address the following in your application:
1) How long has the nominee been with your agency?
2) Please share a specific impact story about this nominee and how their presence has improved your agency and its work in our region.
3) If successful, what area of professional development will the award be used for?
Shelby Haga – Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Southeast Region
Cody Weiss – Friends of Medalta Society
Darcia Legg – REDI Enterprises
Krysten Lutz – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Medicine Hat & District
Melissa Pearl – Medicine Hat Youth Action Society
Serena Pennings – Brooks Animal Protection Society
Jennifer Ottenbreit – Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society
Carol Symington – Redcliff Public Library
Brandie Taylor – McMan’s Inn Between Youth Shelter
Louisa Clapper – Bridges Family Programs
Jamie Evans – Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society
Christa MacDonald – REDI Enterprises
Heather Bach – Health Foundation
Christina Johnson – Medicine Hat Family Services