Five volunteers across P.E.I. are now known as Game Changers.
The United Way of P.E.I., Vogue Optical and the Island Storm teamed up to recognize residents making a difference in their communities.
The Game Changer award was presented to five people who were nominated because of their volunteer work and its impact in their community.
Each winner was invited to bring family and friends to a recent Island Storm basketball game where they were presented with the award on the court.
“We wanted to put a little spotlight on people who donate their time to help others,” said United Way of P.E.I. CEO Andrea MacDonald.
“Volunteers in our communities can sometimes go unrecognized. These people give a lot of time and energy at the local level and are often backbone of organizations.”
Marlee Gregory, a first-year UPEI student from North Winsloe, volunteers through a variety of groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Milton Community Hall, the P.E.I. 4-H council, Sports Centre Physiotherapy and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
“We wanted to put a little spotlight on people who donate their time to help others. Volunteers in our communities can sometimes go unrecognized. These people give a lot of time and energy at the local level and are often backbone of organizations.”
Judy Gallant of Charlottetown has been a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics as a coach with the Charlottetown Softball program for 12 years. She also gives her time to youth programs and many fundraising events.
Fortune Bridge’s Lisa Rose has been a Girl Guide leader, mentor and fundraiser for more than six years. As a Fortune Community Centre volunteer, Rose floods the outdoor rink, takes care of ongoing yard sales and gardening. She also helps a family at Christmas and supports new moms through Island Mothers Helping Mothers.
Erin Veale and Brian Strongman of Tyne Valley volunteer their time encouraging kids in their region to be healthy and active. They coach minor soccer, as well as the Try Hockey Program, and are primary volunteers with the Pickleball Program.