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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 the deadline of Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 4:30 PM.

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?


Vital People Nomination Form

2021 Recipients

Shelby Haga – Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Southeast Region

Cody Weiss – Friends of Medalta Society

2018 Recipients

Darcia Legg – REDI Enterprises

Krysten Lutz – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Medicine Hat & District

2017 Recipients

Melissa Pearl – Medicine Hat Youth Action Society

Serena Pennings – Brooks Animal Protection Society

2016 Recipients

Jennifer Ottenbreit – Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society

Carol Symington – Redcliff Public Library

2015 Recipients

Brandie Taylor – McMan’s Inn Between Youth Shelter

Louisa Clapper – Bridges Family Programs

2014 Recipients

Jamie Evans – Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society

Christa MacDonald – REDI Enterprises

2013 Recipients

Heather Bach – Health Foundation

Christina Johnson – Medicine Hat Family Services


Interested in sponsoring our Vital People Awards? Or have questions? Contact us.