2014 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

We’re so thankful for our amazing volunteers!

2014 Volunteer of the Year Winners

Get to know this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – John Pearce

John adds to the camp community a wonderful mix of youthful energy, mature perspective and unique communication.

John is a breath of fresh air, a candid and spontaneous leader who comes from a deep background of youth leadership and professional education.


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Emilie Tremblay

Émilie is a kind, caring and outgoing individual who impacted the camp community through her actions.

Émilie went out of her way to contribute to the camp community through her warmth and friendly nature.

These attributes were also present in her dealings with her campers, further contributing to the inclusiveness of the camp community overall.


Community YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – Kirsten Patton

Kirsten is always happy with a great positive attitude, which always rubs off on not only students but also onto other volunteers.

There would be a noticeable ambiance in the room when she is present, students are full of energy and the room is full of energy, which creates a very enthusiastic environment for all.


Community YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Deborah Wong

Deborah was such a strong asset to the Global Initiatives (GI) team. She was very passionate about engaging youth and the general community in issues related to justice, the environment, and global concerns.

For Earth Week 2014, Deborah brought forward the idea that we could hold a YMCA Earth Week Food Drive to draw attention to both food waste and food need in the city.

Deborah is an amazing volunteer, and much of the world of the GI committee was because of her hard work and innovative ideas!  She always brings 100% of herself to each meeting and is able to contribute many ideas each time.


Crowfoot YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – Ben Henwood

Ben is a natural-born leader who continues to exceed our expectations in the Youth Department. Not only has he stepped up and taken the lead in multiple Youth programs, but he has grown into a positive role model for the youth who he instructs.

We are proud of what Ben has accomplished, and know that he will continue to excel with whatever he chooses to pursue.


Crowfoot YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Nancy Wang

Nancy is always conscious of how other people are feeling. She goes out of her way to talk to everyone and ensures that they are feeling comfortable and happy.

Nancy may be young, but she has already grown into a strong leader. Youth look up to Nancy and enjoy being around her.


Eau Claire YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – Carli Tyson

Carli is warm, friendly and encouraging to all the masters club participants. She sets an excellent example of health herself while still putting the success of the swimmers first.

Carli is a dedicated & hard working volunteer who cares a lot about her role as the masters club coach at the YMCA.

She is willing to go above & beyond for the participants to ensure they get the most out of their swimming program. Carli certainly deserves recognition for her hard work.


Eau Claire YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Stephen Fanstone

Stephen goes above and beyond what is expected of him as a program volunteer. He can often be found in the gym after program hours interacting with youth, playing basketball, instructing a session of Gaga Ball, or teaching a young member how to properly hold a hockey stick.

Stephen has become an exemplary volunteer and instructor through his time with us and has become a leader and role model for all volunteers and staff alike.


Saddletowne YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – Bella Noel

Bella leads by example and is often here with her family and friends using the facility.
Bella is the first to volunteer at any community event we have and is always willing to take on any role we give her.

She is also great at mentoring new volunteers at the desk. Her ability to build relationships is amazing and she truly brightens people’s day as she always has a smile and laugh for everyone.

She makes everyone feel welcome and like they are a part of our Saddletowne community.


Saddletowne YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – John Magat

John is very active within the YMCA, he is a big believer in giving back to the community and the physical health of youth. He always makes sure that they are safe and treats them with a lot of respect.

John engages with the participants through his many contributions to the Y, he volunteers to help out constantly. He is always willing to help in building a safe and healthy community.

John has been a mentor to a lot of the youth with his many talents in different types of sports. he is always willing to teach and help them reach their potential.


Shawnessy YMCA –  Adult Volunteer of the Year – Cathy Mallany

Cathy captures all the essentials of being an ambassador of health for both the children and adults here at the Shawnessy YMCA.

She volunteers for both the Preschool and Member Services Departments and is loved by members, staff and co-volunteers. Cathy nourishes children with her guidance and care to ensure that all kids have a fun experience at the YMCA.

Her presence makes staff, volunteers and parents blissful knowing that the children are in good hands.


Shawnessy YMCA –  Youth Volunteer of the Year – Georgina Waldron

With Georgina’s continued commitment to the YMCA she is always willing to lend a helping hand when she’s not at school.

She loves working with the children in the Cookie Monsters classes and teaching them about healthy eating. When her class was cancelled she helped us out on the weekend by cleaning up the equipment in the gym.

Georgina always helps to keep the YMCA a cleaner, happier place to come to.


South Health Campus YMCA –  Adult Volunteer of the Year – Bryan Hickey

Bryan’s classes foster a sense of community between the participants. His personable nature is conductive in ensuring everyone feels welcome and the class atmosphere is non-judgmental.

There is a mutual respect and accountability amongst all ensuring a safe environment and one that promotes learning and development.

It is from this positive experience, that further growth is developed outside of the class and into the community.


South Health Campus YMCA –  Youth Volunteer of the Year – Christine Maysombol

Christine helped launch the Calgary Flames Grade 6 YMCA membership program here at South Health Campus. She helped parents and children and community members understand the importance of the program and the benefits to students.

She has also uses her experience at the YMCA to help other non-profit organizations like Youth Central.

Christine is always cheerful and positive, she is especially great with younger children and is a great role model to them.


Congratulations to all our Volunteer of the Year Recipients, and thank you for all that you do.