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Volunteer Manitoba honours northern citizens


olunteer Manitoba announced their 2021 recipients award recipients on July 12, 2021. For the first time, citizens of The Pas Terry McKellep and Cheryl Antonio and The Pas 4-H Helping Hands group have made the list.
McKellep is among one of nine to personally receive the honour and The Pas 4-H Helping Hands were awarded the Premier's Volunteer Service Award, of which they are one of three groups recognized. The Premier's Volunteer Service Awards were established by the Premier's office, in partnership with Volunteer Manitoba, to honour the efforts and dedication of outstanding volunteers in Manitoba; and recognize and encourage the valuable services performed by volunteers throughout the province.
Terry McKellep citation: Terry has been a long-time resident of The Pas, is a strong believer in the community and a dedicated and loyal volunteer. She began her volunteer career as a board member for Opaskwayak Indian Days, and for the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Her biggest achievements for the Legion include being Poppy Chairperson and the key planner for the marble monument that was erected to honour local veterans in Lakeside Cemetery. She is currently a member of The Pas Rotary Club and was a director for the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival for decades.
Terry is also known for organizing new events for the community, as well as looking after the parade, the hockey tournament, dances, and much more. Every year during the Trappers’ Festival, Terry organizes a huge party at the senior homes, complete with live music, beauty pageant contests, food and much more. Terry also brought back the Keystone Kops in 2018, something that is cherished by the community (everyone loves being arrested by the Kops!).
When the LGBTQ community in The Pas was starting up in town, Terry helped to organize the Pride Crosswalk. When the pandemic prevented the parades from going forward, Terry found a way to make them happen in spite of COVID. Terry is eager, loves to volunteer, and she makes everyone feel welcomed and appreciated. People know that they can go to Terry not just for volunteer help, but also for ideas, resources, partnerships, and information. She is one of the most amazing residents of The Pas, she always steps up to get the ball rolling where it needs to go.
McKellep responded to her award “I am still in shock, unbelievable, this is such a huge honour! Thank you to my nominator and congratulation to all the other nominees!”
The Pas Helping Hands 4H Club citation: The Pas Helping Hands 4H Club is incredibly involved in their community, they participate each year in community, shoreline and highway clean-ups and during the past year they went out of their way to continue to keep the community clean in the midst of the pandemic.
The volunteers also give back by helping out at the homeless shelter, working at the Home Routes concerts every month, and partnering with The Pas Arts Council to help with the annual craft show, performances, and handing out flyers. On top of all that, they volunteer at the animal shelter, the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, and they organized Open Farm Day events. The Helping Hands 4H Club also regularly fundraises on behalf of groups and events in The Pas. The money they raised has had an enormous impact on the community.
When the community sees the 4H volunteers in action, they see them as leaders and role models. The volunteers are admired for the good they are doing in the community, and their events and partnerships are famous for bringing people together and putting smiles on everyone’s faces!
Past recipients of the award have served their communities by conscientiously performing one or more volunteer activities over a period of years; or taking unusual initiative to identify and solve a critical problem or meet a specific need; or organizing and directing an activity which has a great impact on the community; and inspiring the spirit of volunteerism in others.
Another northern award recipient includes David Price of Flin Flon, who was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Make a Difference Community Award. The Lieutenant Governor's Make a Difference Community Awards recognize individuals for their exceptional contributions to the community through voluntary service.
Dave Price (of Flin Flon) citation:
Dave Price is a driving force in mobilizing and coordinating volunteers in the community of Flin Flon, Manitoba. Since 2000, he has been a major champion of the Green Project – an initiative that led to the revival of over 55 hectares of land damaged by mine emissions. As a member of the Flin Flon Ski Club, he helped develop over 28 kms of ski trails in the rugged Canadian Shield terrain, creating some of the best cross-country ski trails in Western Canada.
To help grow these projects, Dave was heavily involved in writing grants, purchasing equipment, lobbying officials for project support, and coordinating an 80+ volunteer team. Since 1998, Dave has also led the development and maintenance of the Flinty Boardwalk, a major recreation facility in his community which provides members year-round recreation.
Dave is a retired geologist who loves the outdoors, and has the skills, resources and enthusiasm to champion outdoor recreation in the Flin Flon community.
Volunteer Manitoba’s mission support groups and individuals in the voluntary sector to develop and enhance their capacity to anticipate, understand, celebrate, and meet community needs in Manitoba. Their vital contributions to the community include connecting people with volunteer opportunities, promoting volunteerism, and providing leadership and counsel in the non-profit and voluntary sector. To learn more visit www.volunteermanitoba.ca
Nominations were accepted by the general public from April 18 to May 24. Nominations for all of the volunteer award categories were made available online and spread through social media. The online application forms asked for information about the nominee - a summary of their volunteer work (the activities, projects, training, etc. that they were involved with), the reason for the nomination - describe why you feel the nominee should be recognized for their work and finally the benefits to the community - what was the impact of their volunteer work on the larger community?
Nominations for the Annual Volunteer Awards were accepted from any individual or organization that would like to recognize the impact a volunteer has made on the community. Nominations must have identified an individual nominee for their volunteer work, and highlighted the unique contributions this person has made to improve their community.