Getting ready for the Rotary Club citizen awards

  • May. 7, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Red Deer will once again come together this Friday to celebrate the achievements of some of the City’s finest volunteer work.

The Rotary Club of Red Deer chooses two people each year to receive citizenship awards based on contributions to the community. This year Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser will be the guest speaker.

“We look for someone who embodies the qualities of motivation, inspiration and leadership. Since a very young age, she has been someone who embodies those qualities,” said Public Relations Representative Graham Schofield. “Her drive, composure and sense of purpose are incredible. We’re really, really excited to see what she has to say.”

One of the awards is given to a younger, emerging face in the community who is working to help Red Deer through volunteering.

Last year’s Young Citizen of the Year was R.J Willms. Willms was honoured for co-founding a local organization called the Technology Initiative for Immigrants and Disadvantaged Institute (TIFIDI).

A second award is given to a more senior member of the community who has spent a considerable time in their lives giving back to Red Deer.

Last year, the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award was John Johnston. He was recognized for his extensive work with the Red Deer Boys and Girls Club and the Youth & Volunteer Centre.

“I think it’s great to be a part of a process of people who are thinking beyond themselves, and believe in the growth of Red Deer,” said Schofield. “This event has a long history in Red Deer and it celebrates people going above and beyond in their communities.”

The event will commence at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, and will continue into the night.