Passionate Heart Awards

A total of eight awards will be distributed in four category areas during the annual Passionate Heart Awards luncheon on February 14, 2020 at Revolution Place, Grande Prairie.

Sponsored by the Family Community Support Services (FCSS) in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley, and the Village of Hythe, the Passionate Heart Awards recognize outstanding contributions in the area of social services within the region.

The Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon is about recognizing the important people dedicating work to the well-being of our communities. Most people serving in the nominee categories do not expect recognition outside of the everyday benefits of helping and they often choose these roles with the intention of giving behind the scenes. The Passionate Heart Award is our way of saying thank you for all of your valued work and care.

We are honoured to recognize the award recipients and their significant contributions. The overarching goal of FCSS is to enhance the social well-being of our communities and this is could not be achieved without the dedication of our front-line workers.

Recipients of the Passionate Heart Awards will be announced and honoured at the 14th Annual Passionate Heart Awards Luncheon on February 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Revolution Place, Grande Prairie.

Tickets to the luncheon are $20 and can be purchased by contacting csd@cityofgp .com or 780-538-0380. The deadline to purchase tickets is February 5, 2020.

Recipients of the 2019 Passionate Heart awards include:

The Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Award is presented to individuals demonstrating exceptional front-line service for two or more years. The 2019 award recipients were: 

  • Cristine Bryan, Dave Barr  Community Centre
  • Barbara London, St Mary’s School
  • Natascha Okimaw, Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
  • Valerie Thiessen, Volunteer Services Bureau
  • Carrie Thomson, PACE

The Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Awards were presented to the Canadian Mental Health Association Mobile Addictions Outreach Team (Sherilee Crawlee, Penny Newhook) and the Sunrise House Youth Emergency Shelter Team (James Buckel, Paula Friesen, Real Gagne, Wyatte George, Kathryn Goertzen, Jodi Morris, Emma Noseworthy). 

The Chris Henderson Lifetime Service Award was presented to Carla Eckstrom and Charlene Eckstrom from PACE. 

The Passionate Heart Business Award went to Pizza Hut Franchisee Justin Munore for their outstanding support of community.