June 6 - Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards

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June 6 - Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards

June 6, 7-10 pm @ the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School

Tickets only $20 and on sale at http://www.heartofwoodbuffaloawards.eventbrite.ca

The Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards celebrates excellence in the nonprofit sector. They honour the achievements of nonprofit leaders, philanthropists and community organizations that embody the spirit of community innovation, capacity building, leadership and social prosperity. Their passion for our community and their dedication to improving the quality of life explain why they are the heart of Wood Buffalo.

2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards Finalists Announced!
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA --May 15, 2012 Organizers of the 2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards are very pleased to announce the finalists for the Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards.

Social Prosperity Leadership Award, presented by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and sponsored by the Fort McMurray and District Labour Council
• Carolann Wright
• Dennis Chmielewski
• Christine Burton

Volunteer Recognition Award in honour of Bill Bloomfield, presented by Volunteer Wood Buffalo
• Desiree Dakin
• Alejandro (Alex) Bosch Sanchez
• Aubrey Hillier

Board Leadership Award, presented by Leadership Wood Buffalo
• Kevin Scoble, Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association
• Steve Kelly, Volunteer Wood Buffalo
• Dan Fouts, Northern Lights Health Foundation

Executive Leadership Award, presented Nonprofit Sector Link Wood Buffalo
• Rick Kirschner, KAOS Radio 91.1 (King’s Kids Promotions Outreach Ministries Inc.)
• Jill Sporidis, Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network
• Janice Porth, Pastew Place Detoxification Centre

Community Impact Award, presented by the United Way of Fort McMurray and sponsored by TOTAL E&P Canada
• Wood Buffalo Community Village
• Sekweha
• Fort McMurray Food Bank Association

Newcomer Engagement Award in memory of Lyle Leboldus, presented by the Fort McMurray Food Bank Association and sponsored by H. Wilson Industries Ltd.
• A special presentation will be made! Join us at the event on June 6th!

Join us on June 6th from 7-10 pm at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School to find out who the winners will be! In addition to receiving a beautiful, hand crafted award sculpture, award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize to be donated to the Wood Buffalo nonprofit community organization of their choice.

The 2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards is proudly presented by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and the Suncor Energy Foundation in collaboration with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Volunteer Wood Buffalo, Leadership Wood Buffalo, Nonprofit Sector Link Wood Buffalo, the Fort McMurray Food Bank Association and the United Way of Fort McMurray.

Join keynote speaker, Ian Hill – Founder & Volunteer CEO of Let them Be Kids and emcee Russell Thomas in celebrating excellence and honouring the achievements in our nonprofit sector!

Ian Hill – Keynote:
Business Leader, and Award Winning Humanitarian, these are some of the words that often used when referring to Ian Hill. Whether running a multi-million dollar business operation with over 1000 employees, to spearheading first of their kind life-changing community projects, to a unique Canadian-wide initiative. Ian Hill has been recognized for being a catalyst for positive change throughout North America. Today, Ian’s main focus is His humanitarian effort, “Let Them Be Kids” (http://www.ltbk.ca/kids/), of which he is the Founder and Volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors. Let Them Be Kids is a Canadian wide non-profit organization created to build stronger communities on the grassroots level, while building playgrounds, skate parks and fitness parks in areas of need. 148 Communities across Canada have been impacted through this effort in the last four years. Most recently Ian’s Let Them Be Kids program was nominated for the Prime Minister’s National Volunteer Organization of the Year award.

Russell Thomas – Emcee:
Director of Marketing & Communications at Keyano College, a first term municipal councillor, and a member of the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo steering committee, Russell Thomas is passionate about our community and it’s potential. Russell is also a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Wood Buffalo class, an active alum, and a member of the board. Especially passionate about the arts, Russell recently appeared as David Sarnoff in the Keyano Theatre Company production of The Farnsworth Invention. He also enjoys painting striking water colour portraits when time allows and writing on his Middle Age Bulge blog http://middleagebulge.blogspot.ca/. He was recently featured as one of the presenters at the TEDx Fort McMurray event sharing his passion for social media.

For more information, http://www.socialprosperity.ca or contact Kim Nordbye 780-881-3379 kim@socialprosperity.ca . Video: http://youtu.be/QcjhEHqt1os
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