Glenn Byron & Fraser Stewart tie for Volunteer of the Year Award

Glenn Byron – Oak Point Community Club

Glenn has proved “small towns can dream big” when a strong group of volunteers work towards a common goal. Volunteering even as a boy Glenn learned early the lesson of giving back to his home town. Glenn has led the charge to rebuild the Community Club, the ball diamonds,adding a kids club, community access computer program, bingos, movie nights, quiz nights, fall suppers, a Ranch Rodeo & their signature event the Annual Country Music Festival.

Great recognition of team work behind community projects.  “Outstanding contributions and recognition of others involved. A good example of how planning for community interests can reap rewards for tourism interests as well.

“Congrats on passing along your leadership to teach the youth about volunteering” stated a judge on Glenn’s nomination.

Fraser Stewart – St. Clements Heritage, Red River Heritage committee, Marine Museum of Manitoba, Rivers West Red River Corridor committee

“Love your passion for local history and trying to teach and make it accessible to everyone! “ Fraser is passionate about local history. He sees the value of knowing about the past of one’s community.

 An amazing volunteer in a variety of local tourism organizations.  Fraser willingly takes on daunting tasks and follows through on all his commitments in a timely fashion”, said the nominator. He is chairman of the St. Clements Heritage Advisory Committee and spearheads heritage preservation projects in the Red River North area.

 Fraser now assists other local groups in neighboring municipalities who are working to preserve their heritage. Fraser chairs the regional Heritage Committee for the North Red area.

Other nominees: 

Jan & Cam Arnason with the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

Jan Lambourne volunteers in Teulon – Kraft Hockeyville, Minor Hockey, Teulon & District Chamber of Commerce, Memory Garden