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 Caught in the Act

Brendon Mercier - Nominated By Goodwill Industries of Alberta

by Tanya Ruigrok, GPVSB Communications


Brendon Mercier was hard at work when I arrived on Monday afternoon, having already dived into his weekly duties in his volunteer position at Odyssey House.  Brendon is a client of Goodwill Industries of Alberta through the Power of Work program and volunteers as a Goodwill Volunteer at Odyssey House.  His duties include recycling, sweeping the parking lot, mowing the lawn, shovelling snow, cleaning and general building maintenance.

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Caught in the Act

Connie Nooy and Alberta Health Services Rehabilitation Program

by Erin Murphy, GPVSB Communications


Connie was born in Rycroft forty years ago, mother of two boys and just became a new grandmother! She has been a book keeper her whole working life. The volunteering she has been doing help keep her active and a part of the local community.

Connie had started volunteering two years ago during her spare time in many places around Grande Prairie. She started volunteering at the QEII hospital in September 2015 when the rehabilitation program for seniors had begun. She was excited to make help make a difference and to “encourage the patients to become active and socialize.”

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Janet (Jan) D and Rusty with St. John Ambulance

by Erin Murphy, GPVSB Communications

After retiring from working as a counselor in the mental health sector, Janet (Jan) had a goal to volunteer in her community.  One evening while searching for the perfect opportunity on the GPVSB website, she found an ad for the Therapy Dog Program facilitated by St. John’s Ambulance.  Jan had recently adopted her Border Collie Australian Shepard mix, Rusty and the program was exactly what she was looking for.

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