The County of Grande Prairie has named Rhonda Heck as the 2021 Clairmont Volunteer of the Year. The Clairmont Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a nominated individual who has demonstrated dedication and excellence in volunteerism within the Hamlet. 

Heck, a Clairmont resident of over 45 years and lifelong volunteer, is being celebrated for her volunteer contributions to local organizations including the Clairmont Senior’s Centre where she has served three consecutive terms as Vice President, the Clairmont Agricultural Society, Communities in Bloom, Bear Creek Folk Festival, minor hockey, social clubs, and many community events. 

The value of volunteerism was instilled in Heck at a very young age. Her journey began when she used to help her parents run their restaurant and then confectionary store. Her legacy of volunteering has been carried on by her now adult children.  

“Growing up I was always working with people, which I have grown to love,” said Heck. “Volunteering is a perfect way to get to know members in my community all while giving back.” 

When asked what keeps her volunteering, Heck responded, “I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many great people while volunteering. Volunteering brings people together and is what keeps our communities alive.” 

Area Councillor Daryl Beeston presented the award to Heck and thanked her for her dedication to volunteerism at the Wellington Resource Centre on Thursday. 

“It is hard to imagine what our community would be without volunteers, they are what make our community so vibrant, strong and connected,” stated Councillor Beeston. “The County of Grande Prairie is fortunate to have thousands of caring and dedicated volunteers like Rhonda.” 

The Clairmont Volunteer of the Year Award program was created in 2016 and is organized by the County’s Wellington Resource Centre, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Office. For more information, visit www.countygp.ab.ca/clairmontvolunteer or contact the Wellington Resource Centre at 780-567-2843. 

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Media contacts: 
Daryl Beeston  
Division 2 Councillor  
780-933-3464 

Rhonda Heck 
Award recipient 
780-567-3910 

Coree Ladwig
Senior, Adult and Community Programs Team Lead 
FCSS 
780-532-9727