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:
How to nominate someone
2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards nominations are now closed.
2019 awards recipients will be announced on December 5, International Volunteer Day.
2020 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards nominations will open in the spring of 2020.
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
For detailed information on past award recipients (PDF, 37 KB), please contact the program.
Emma Moore - Strathmore
Emma, at the age of 13, has already made her mark on the Town of Strathmore. For her 11th birthday, Emma’s wish was to have the opportunity to help others. Through “Em’s Donation Projects”, Emma filled 100 purses with donated hygiene products valued at more than $7,000 and distributed them to women experiencing homelessness. Emma has continued to celebrate her birthday supporting causes that are important to her. For her 12th birthday, she led the “Em’s Bedtime Bundles” project, collecting blankets, stuffed animals, toothbrushes and books for children in shelters or foster care. This year, for her 13th birthday, she launched the “Hunger Sucks Campaign,” with the goal of raising $600 for local non-profits that provide food to those in need. By engaging her former elementary school and using GoFundMe, she raised $2,055 benefitting three organizations: her school’s Fuel Program, the Wheatland Food Bank, and the Wheatland Crisis Society. Upon learning that the Veteran’s Food Bank was in need of donations, Emma initiated a new “Em’s Donation Project”, and within a week, collected 500 pounds of food. In addition to her fundraising efforts, Emma has also volunteered for the Alberta 55+ Games, the City of Calgary’s Park and Play program, the Seniors Secret Service Christmas Cheer Program, the Christmas Hamper Society, and the Crowther Memorial Junior High School Student Council.
Nominated by Bob Sobol, Town of Strathmore
Sophia Qaderi - St. Albert
Sophia models the way for positive youth engagement, and is a champion for social justice and equality. A daughter of immigrants from Afghanistan, from a young age, she heard stories about youth in her parents’ country of origin who did not have educational or civic engagement opportunities. Starting when she was 11, she collected and sewed clothing for people in need in her parents’ tailor shop. In 2013, after learning about a school bombing in Afghanistan, Sophia started a henna fundraiser at the Edmonton Heritage Festival. In its first year, it brought in $1,700 in three days for the victims and their families. Now, as a student at MacEwan University, Sophia acts as a student ambassador, serves on the Students’ Council, and is an executive member of the United Nations Club. Sophia also serves as an appointed member of the City of St. Albert’s Youth Council. She is a youth member on St. Albert’s Humboldt Remembrance Committee and played a major role in planning the Humboldt Remembrance Committee’s Jersey Gala to raise funds in support of memorial scholarships. Sophia is also a member of the Plan International Canada Youth Advisory Council and Speakers Bureau, and holds the record for being the youngest board member of the Optimists International Club. Sophia’s past volunteer work includes three years as Youth World Vision Ambassador, a participant in the Edmonton World Health Organization simulation, member of the National RCMP Youth Advisory Committee, and a Canada 150 Delegate. Sophia has worked with Stand Out Now and Represent, Inspiring the Now Generation in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Victims’ Services Hamper Initiative and the Habitat for Humanity.
Nominated by Jaden Melech, Student Councillor, MacEwan University
Dr. Irehobhude O. Iyioha - Edmonton
Dr. Iyioha volunteers for several causes in Alberta impacting the personal and nutritional wellbeing of children-in-need, the professional growth of women and youth, and the healthcare of people of Black, African-Canadian and Caribbean descent living with HIV/AIDS. One of those organizations is the Ribbon Rouge Foundation that uses art to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. She also volunteers as a member of the African, Black and Caribbean Leadership Caucus in Alberta advancing policy solutions for Black, African-Canadian and Caribbean people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Iyioha is also an active volunteer on several projects established under her organizational platform, the Patricia Eromon Iyioha Foundation (PEIF) Fund Inc. The PEIF Fund is a nonprofit social initiative that offers support for vulnerable children, including orphans, kids living in poverty and conflict, and girls locally and internationally. The organization’s flagship program, the Service Mentorship Exchange Program, supports the careers of socially conscious young innovators and professionals committed to serving vulnerable children. Through the financial support of the PEIF Fund and the collaborative efforts of her mentees and volunteers, Dr. Iyioha’s organization has fed 500 children in the African region and contributed to the children’s education in poor Nigerian neighbourhoods. Another program offered under the PEIF Fund is the Kids Food Basket, which involves the collection of food donations for disadvantaged children in the Edmonton region. The organization works in partnership with the Edmonton Food Bank that receives the donated food. Dr. Iyioha exemplifies commitment to the service of her community and dedication to social responsibility.
Nominated by Rukaiyat Lawal, Pro Bono Law Alberta
Glori Meldrum - Edmonton
Glori Meldrum knows firsthand the horrors that victims of child sexual abuse face. She made it her life’s purpose to help those who have suffered the same fate and to ensure it does not happen to others. Glori Meldrum founded Little Warriors in March 2008. Little Warriors is an Edmonton-based nonprofit agency working on the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. The organization offers a three-hour program to teach participants how to recognize the signs of child abuse, how to prevent it from occurring, and what to do if they know a child has been abused. Since its inception, the group has trained over 26,000 adults across Canada. The group also works to raise awareness about the prevalence of child sexual abuse and provides information about support services. Glori has invested years of fundraising and countless volunteer hours to create a treatment centre for children who suffered sexual abuse. As a result, the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch opened its doors in October 2014 to help survivors of child sexual abuse. In addition to her work with Little Warriors, Glori has also been involved in a number of projects for local nonprofit organizations including the Good Samaritan Society, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Glori also devotes her time to taking frequent humanitarian trips to the poorest parts of Africa, where she not only learned to be grateful for the gifts she has been given and blessed with the opportunity to sponsor dozens of children, but also found the greatest gift of all - her son.
Nominated by Shannon Phelan, Little Warriors
Allan Macaulay - Devon
Community service is a priority in Allan’s life. This is demonstrated not only by the vast number of hours he serves but also the variety of activities in which he participates. For years, Allan has focused his efforts on environmental stewardship through his involvement with a variety of local community groups in Devon. Allan is a member of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Board for the Town of Devon. Under his leadership, the board’s subcommittee developed an Environmental Plan for the Town of Devon. Many of its recommendations are now being incorporated into the town’s operational plans. Allan is also a member of the Natural Playground advisory committee and Devon Community Garden Society. He is a co-founder of Devon’s Nature Club and volunteers as a nature walk guide on Devon’s Nature Trails. Allan’s passion for nature and desire to protect it led him to acquire some bioengineering skills in order to stabilize a section of the local riverbank. In addition, he assisted the town of Devon to obtain a watershed resiliency grant from the Ministry of Environment and Parks. This grant will enable the community to do more bioengineering and watershed education, which he is planning to assist in facilitating. Allan shares his passion for nature with the members of the local Lion’s Club which led to the Lion’s Club Environmental Committee, co-founded by him. Allan also chairs an innovative Voyageur Park improvement committee engaging the broader population of Devon to determine the type of improvements they would like to see accomplished. Allan has written numerous informative articles in local papers educating residents on environmental issues. His efforts have heightened the environmental awareness and respect for nature in the community.
Nominated by Heather Acres and Kristin Walsh, Town of Devon
Joyce Sydnes - Brownvale
Joyce Sydnes is a former Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipal District (MD) of Peace no. 135. After retiring in 2006, Joyce has continued to be very involved in her community and the work of the MD. For the past 12 years, Joyce has served as the treasurer for the Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Society, also taking on the role of secretary when needed. In addition to her administrative work for the society, she spent a significant number of her summer days painting buildings, doing grounds maintenance, and helping with repairs. Joyce has put her administrative skills to work in applying for grants, chairing meetings of the casino committee, hiring and supervising summer employees, and working at monthly fundraising events. Joyce is also the secretary-treasurer and casino chair for the Berwyn Golden Age Club. In addition to taking care of administrative duties, she has participated in the club’s monthly dinners, and games days in the winter. Joyce has also volunteered for the Brownvale Community Club’s bingos, doing the bookkeeping for the club’s accounts, and could be found selling pull tickets at the club’s fundraising dinners. Joyce is a periodic bingo volunteer at the Grimshaw Legion, and a member of the informal Friends of the Autumn Lodge group. In addition to her volunteer work in the MD of Peace, Joyce has shared her administrative talents with the Grimshaw and District Hospital Foundation Board and the Grimshaw East Water Co-Op. She has also attended the Spirit of the Peace quarterly meetings, where she worked with other northern Alberta museum representatives to ensure knowledge exchange between paid museum staff and volunteers. Joyce is well known in the MD of Peace, and has inspired other residents of the Peace region to get involved in their communities.
Nominated by Lelia Sumner, Municipal District of Peace no. 135
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