Volunteers play a vital role in the work Kids Help Phone does. In 2015, we recognized the following individuals for their outstanding work as “Volunteers of the Year”!
Kids Help Phone Volunteers of the Year
Category: Adult – Aidan Scott
Aidan has been a Kids Help Phone ambassador for nine years. He has shared his personal story as a past service user and mental health survivor at fundraising events and media interviews. This past year, he supported the nation-wide launch of Kids Help Phone’s young men’s mental health service, BroTalk, by acting as a spokesperson.
Category: Youth – Winnie Lee
Starting at Kids Help Phone as a high school co-op placement, Winnie has contributed to various departments and functions including: Community Engagement, Marketing, Administration, fundraising events and serving on the National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC). Winnie has also been very active in Kids Help Phone’s School Clubs program by developing program activities and leading a video project to promote the program.
Category: Group – Caroline Teigné, Jessica Cao and Menal Huroy
As members of Kids Help Phone’s National Youth Advisory Committee, Caroline, Jessica and Menal assumed leadership roles to engage youth with the organization. They went beyond their roles to mentor other youth on the National Youth Advisory Committee, fostering a community on the committee. Their contributions resulted in the launch of Kids Help Phone’s School Clubs program, demonstrating the power of youth engagement.
Category: Adult – Odette Hildago
Odette has volunteered her considerable graphic design skills in support of the successful Homes for the Holidays event. She brands all the collateral with a uniform look and her talent and hard work has become synonymous with this high profile event.
Category: Adult – Wally Jaciuk
Wally provides motivation and organizational leadership to the Edmonton Walk Committee and works with Kids Help Phone regional staff to ensure the event is a success. He has also become somewhat of a local celebrity by annually donning his superhero costume in public to raise awareness for the Walk.
Category: Youth – Roman Vomacka
Roman is friendly and outgoing and can be found at just about every Kids Help Phone event or activity. He attends fundraising events, helps distribute information at community event booths and makes presentations to kids at summer camps.
Category: Group – London Walk Committee
The London Walk Committee is a very dedicated group who work together on all aspects of the annual Walk so Kids Can Talk. All members attend all in-person meetings, conference calls, kick-off parties, and walk-throughs. In lead up to the 2015 event, all seven members brought their families out to an early morning run-through a few weeks before the event which directly contributed to the success of London’s Walk.
Category: Adult – Valerie Hodgins and Nick Tonita
Valerie and Nick have both volunteered with Kids Help Phone for more than 10 years. They currently serve as Co-Chairs of the Windsor Walk Committee and have contributed to other community activities. Valerie has attended countless events and provided information at community event booths. Nick has helped to build many corporate partnerships for Kids Help Phone, not only in the Windsor area, but across the country.
Category: Group – BMO Wine Event
Mara Catalini , Richard Côté and Cynthia Lemme
Mara, Richard and Cynthia have been counted on year after year to lead this event.
Category: Adult – Dianne Caouette
Diane served as the Walk Committee lead in Victoriaville for the past 10 years. In addition, she has volunteered at numerous community and fundraising events.
Category: Adult – Anna Patten
Anna has been the volunteer Chair on the Girls on the Green Golf Tournament since 2012. She has provided her knowledge and support as an event planner and established numerous community connections that have allowed the fundraising event to grow year after year. In addition to volunteering her time, Anna also contributes to Kids Help Phone as a donor.
Category: Group – Karen and Dr. Howard Conter
Since 2010, Karen and Dr. Howard Conter have played an instrumental role in the success of the Ruth Goldbloom Ladies Golf Classic. Together, they have helped recruit many volunteers and participants to the event and brought in over $50,000 in revenue through sponsorships, donation requests and their own personal contributions.