Kind Heart Awards Program
Everyone knows a neighbour that’s always there when you need them! They bring over a meal when you’re sick, plow out your driveway, shovel your walk, or help get the crop off. They do these things without being asked or expecting anything in return because they have a “kind heart”!
We want to celebrate these acts of kindness that happen every day that make our communities such great places to live. That’s why we have the Kind Heart Awards!
These awards ensure that those who do good deeds do not go unnoticed. They also foster community spirit and encourage residents to help out when others are in need.
All residents and organizations are encouraged to participate in the Kind Heart Awards Program by nominating anyone who deserves an award. Nominees will receive a letter of recognition, card, a small gift and a pin.
The acts of kindness eligible for nomination will be diverse, and the County would like to receive nominations for a wide variety of good deeds. An award will be given out for any act that helps another resident in need.
All residents living within the County of Grande Prairie boundaries are eligible to participate. The program is ongoing, and there is no deadline for nominations.
Nominate a Kind Heart today by completing this online form Kind Heart Nominations.pdf [PDF - 318 KB] or by calling FCSS at 780-532-9727. Please note that the online form does not work in some browsers, should you experience any issues please call FCSS at 780-532-9727.
Kind Heart Awards Recipients
Kind Heart Awards were presented to the residents featured on this Wall of Honour, who deserve recognition and thanks for their acts of kindness and generosity. Their willingness to help and their selfless good deeds make the County a better place to live.
Keelan Choboter: Received a Kind Heart award for his ongoing commitment to helping others. Keelan loves to help with any task that needs doing. In the wintertime, he shovels sidewalks and driveways to help his family and neighbours. Keelan planned a fundraising charity bottle drive raising money for Bandaged Paws. He organized all aspects of the bottle drive as a way to help give back. No matter the task, Keelan, with his generous spirit and hardworking attitude, will be sure to get it done.
The County wants to thank Keelan for his good deeds and his contribution to making LaGlace a great place to live.
Heather Hamond: First people to show up when a neighbor is in need. She steps in before neighbours know they need support. She phones to check in on us just to give us an extra boost. She picks and deliver apples to the neighbors every year and never expects anything in return.
Paul shows up to help others with their trees and Heather comes with a casserole under her arm. All the while, they get right to work to help others do what needs to be done.
Heather is the definition of community spirit and inspires others to be kind and help each other.
Rush and Louise McEachern: The couple were nominated by their neighbours Sherrida Rossol; Leigh and Beth Goldie; and Don and Shirley Thompson for having kind hearts and being wonderful, amazing neighbours who are willing to give a helping hand whenever needed. Some of the examples of their acts of kindness include Rush plowing many driveways, keeping a close watch on moose that roam neighbours’ yards, filling tractors with fuel, cutting grass, splitting firewood, help with building projects; and Louise being an active community member who provides encouragement, wisdom and support to neighbours’ in need.
Mya: Mya was nominated by Dale Bond for having a kind heart. Mya is truly a selfless child. Every day, she takes the time at school drop-off to help Dale’s daughter who is in a wheelchair get into school so that Dale can get to work on time. She helps her with opening doors, carrying items, pushing her when needed and much more.
This year on Halloween, Mya came trick or treating with Dale’s daughter and spent the evening pushing her wheelchair and gathering treats for her when she was unable to get to the doors. “I have never seen another child her age that has been so thoughtful and helpful,” said Dale.
The County is extremely grateful to have youth in our communities such as Mya whose Kind Heart continually fosters community spirit and the willingness to help others.