Important dates

2018 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards nominations are now closed.

2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards nominations will open in the spring of 2019.


The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members.

Six awards are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. Two awards are given in each of the following 3 categories:

  • Youth
  • Adult
  • Senior


Albertans are eligible for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award if they:

  • exemplify the spirit of community service
  • demonstrate exemplary initiative, leadership and creativity in their service to others
  • serve as a role model for others in their community
  • inspire others to engage in volunteer service
  • improve the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and community as a whole

How to nominate someone

To nominate someone for the 2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards, you must include the following:

  • completed nomination form signed by the nominee and the nominator
  • letter of Nomination submitted by the nominator (a cover letter for your nomination submission provided in a separate attachment)
  • completed Critical Information (detailed responses to the points 1-8 provided in a separate attachment).
  • completed list of references

2017 recipients

2017 recipients of the Stars of Alberta Awards sitting in the lounge at Government House.
Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards Recipients with Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, His Honour, Honourary Colonel Douglas Mitchell and Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Youth Category

  • Bio picture of Tina Guo

    Miss Tina Guo - Calgary

    Tina has dedicated her efforts to advocating for marginalized populations, including those who have experienced domestic abuse, mental illness, and homelessness. In university, Tina became the Senior Director of Events for the University of Calgary's newly founded Mental Health Awareness Club and also spearheaded the Break the Silence Initiative, a program at the university that advocates for mental health awareness. Tina is the founder and Executive Director of the Students Against Domestic Abuse Association of the University of Calgary. Since beginning medical school, Tina has served as the Vice-President Finance in the Student Run Clinic, a clinic that allows medical students to serve as clinicians attending to various local marginalized populations. Tina has assisted a local grassroots nonprofit organization, Youth Can Fish 2 Society, in developing a sponsorship package to attract donors and sponsors for summer camps provided to low-income youth to educate them about environmental conservation, Indigenous culture, Canadian history, and camping skills.

    Nominated by Dr. Jessica Cohen, Scholars Academy Program, University of Calgary

  • Bio picture of Imogen Pohl

    Miss Imogen Pohl - Lethbridge

    Imogen joined Girl Guides at the age of 4 and became a Girl Assistant for Sparks (girls aged five to six) when she was 9. From there on, she earned every top award available through the organization. Over the years, leading many different Girl Guides groups, Imogen has inspired citizenship, bravery, and leadership skills in hundreds of youth in her community. Recently, Imogen opened up a new Scouts Canada Rover Crew at the University of Lethbridge. She will be the youngest Group Commissioner in Lethbridge. Imogen is also heavily involved with the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta. A Neuroscience/Psychology student at the University of Lethbridge, Imogen hopes to become a clinical psychologist specializing in schizophrenia. Currently, she is a strong advocate for those affected by schizophrenia and helps bust the myths and stigma surrounding it, as well as raises awareness of the illness in her community.

    Nominated by Mrs. Nicole Anton, Girl Guides of Canada

Adult category

  • Bio picture of Fadhl Abu-Ghanem

    Mr. Fadhl Abu-Ghanem - Edmonton

    Fadhl’s greatest strength has always been his genuine love for building communities and his ability to use personal experiences to connect with and inspire youth. Fadhl’s journey as a volunteer in Edmonton started with the Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs). He volunteered at the Syrian program serving refugee children and played a major role in this program, as he was able to use his Arabic linguistic abilities to connect with the youth and create a welcoming environment for them. After the Syrian program ended, Fadhl transitioned to Spruce Avenue Junior High School where he was part of the All In For Youth initiative as a BGCBigs volunteer. Fadhl also took on the role of planning and coordinating the boys program at Spruce Avenue School, as well as developing and facilitating his own presentations on substance abuse, bullying, and other safety concerns for the youth at the Africa Centre. Fadhl was invited to sit on BGCBigs’ Diversity Engagement committee as an advisor on engaging volunteers from diverse skill sets and ethno-cultural backgrounds. He started to volunteer at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers in the Empowered Communities department to work on capacity building of ethno-cultural organizations and developing youth programming targeting young adult refugees aged 17 to 30.

    Nominated by Ms. Fatmeh Kalouti, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

  • Bio picture of Alanna Pettigrew

    Mrs. Alanna Pettigrew - Banff

    Alanna is a tireless volunteer who demonstrates how kindness and community support can drive social change. She has volunteered across many diverse interests including: Banff Food Bank, Banff Food Rescue, Banff Light Horse Association, and advocacy for adults with disabilities. In September 2016, Alanna was able to raise $25,000 for the organization in just a short period of time. During this campaign, Alanna became aware of food waste in the food distribution chain, which sparked an idea to work with local grocery stores and other food suppliers to “rescue” any food that would otherwise be headed for the dumpster. Alanna set up Banff Food Rescue, literally, overnight. In addition to sourcing, collecting, and sorting this rescue food, Alanna was offering a daily pick up service from the basement of her home. Last year, she volunteered 3,200 hours in food rescue alone. Through this program, food is redistributed to people in need, and the program also helps to support various local programs such as: Parentlink, Community Lunch, the Food Bank, Hope for Kids, and many community fundraisers.  Alanna is also a founding member of the newly established Bow Valley Food Alliance, advocating for sustainable food systems and healthy, accessible, and affordable food for all.

    Nominated by Ms. Jill Harrison, FCSS CD/Town of Banff

Senior category

  • Bio picture of Suzanne de Courville Nicol

    Ms. Suzanne de Courville Nicol - Calgary

    Suzanne is a respected Francophone community leader who has volunteered in the public relations, communications, and community development sectors for the past 50 years. Suzanne is the founder and president of the Bureau de visibilité de Calgary (BVC) which aims to showcase Calgary’s Francophone history, heritage, and accomplishments. Suzanne is also the creator/producer of Hello-Bonjour Alberta, a television production that has recently recorded its 150th episode. Suzanne is the founder and president of the Société pour le patrimoine francophone de Calgary/Society for the Francophone Heritage of Calgary (SPFC SFHC). In consultation with local and provincial community associations and leaders, the BVC, and SPFC-SFHC, she very proudly designed and produced the Ceinture fléchée patrimoniale franco albertaine/Franco-Albertan Heritage Sash to increase visibility for Franco Albertans and achieve a greater understanding of Franco-Albertan History and Heritage. Suzanne’s tireless efforts towards education have contributed to the development of the new Politique en matière de francophonie/French Policy announced on June 14, 2017. Suzanne is a proud recipient of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta “Ordre des Sages” awarded to Francophone Seniors in Alberta for their outstanding contribution to benefit the growth and development of Alberta’s Francophonie.

    Nominated by Ms. Terry Ager, Community Member

  • Bio picture of Naznin Hasham

    Mrs. Naznin Hasham - Edmonton

    Naznin’s ability to lead, inspire, and make a difference is extraordinary. She has held leadership roles on all Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) campaigns and events in Alberta over the past 20 years. AKFC is a nonprofit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. Currently, Naznin is serving as the National Fundraising Director on the Steering Committee of the World Partnership Walk, and as the Human Resources Lead for the World Partnership Golf, both of which are AKFC’s annual volunteer-run, signature fundraising campaigns and initiatives. In addition, Naznin volunteers as the Vice-Chair of External Relations for the Edmonton Ismaili Community, with both the Stollery Children Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Foundation assisting with their fundraising activities. This year, Naznin is a steering committee member for the Ismaili Civic 150 - Edmonton initiative with a goal for the Ismaili community to donate 1 million hours of volunteer time across Canada.

    Nominated by Mr. Shakeel Bharmal, Aga Khan Foundation Canada


To connect with the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program:

Phone: 780-415-8139
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4155