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.   

Len Girard: Len was nominated by Ellen Patry for being an exceptional neighbour. When Ellen’s husband Ivan suffered a massive stroke in December 2018, Len took it upon himself to make things easier for the couple. He built a ramp onto their house so that Ivan could come home from the hospital on weekends; plowed snow; hauled away garbage; and installed medical aides throughout the Patry’s home. Len even went as far as modifying Ivan’s quad by installing a left-handed gas trigger so that Ivan can maintain his independence.

 Thank you for being such a great neighbour, Len! 


Frank Vantereve: 

Frank was nominated by Lisette Lester and Dale Bond for selflessly helping out the neighbours whenever there is snow. After a snowfall, Frank is the first person outside using his equipment to clear nearby driveways. Frank’s willingness to help out is a huge benefit to his community. Thank you for being such a great neighbour, Frank!




Gord Rintoul: Gord was nominated by Darrell Wiens for selflessly helping out the neighbours in the busiest part of the farming season, making the workload much easier. Gord even volunteers his time to coach softball and help out at the Bezanson Community Hall. Gord’s willingness to help in any situation is greatly appreciated by his community. Thank you for being such a great neighbour, Gord!



Carol Rayburn: Carol was nominated by her neighbour Leigh for her positive and happy disposition, efforts to keep her neighbourhood clean and sharing extra produce and groceries with those who need it. Thank you for being such a great neighbour, Carol!