2014 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Award Winners Announced!

Organizers of the 2014 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards are very pleased to announce the 2014 Award Winners!

The Awards were held on April 23rd at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School, hosted by emcee Marty Giles from North Star Ford and with keynote speaker, Liz Weaver.

In addition to receiving a beautiful, hand crafted award sculpture, the Award Winners each received a $5,000 cash prize that they donated to the Wood Buffalo nonprofit community organization of their choice.

Social Prosperity Leadership Award, presented by Suncor Energy Foundation and sponsored by the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo
· Tervita Corporation
· Organization selected to receive the $5,000 is the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association

Volunteer Recognition Award in honour of Bill Bloomfield, presented and sponsored by Shell
· Rolando Inzunza
· Organization selected to receive the $5,000 is YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services

Board Leadership Award, presented by FuseSocial and sponsored by ATB Financial
· Ed Kamps, Multicultural Association
· Organization selected to receive the $5,000 is Multicultural Association

Executive Leadership Award, presented FuseSocial and sponsored by Syncrude Canada Ltd.
· Lynn Rhoddy, Stepping Stones Youth Homes
· Two organizations selected to receive the $5,000 is Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association and Franchophone Association of Wood Buffalo

Community Impact Award, presented by the United Way of Fort McMurray and sponsored by TOTAL E&P Canada
· Santas Anonymous
· Organization selected to receive the $5,000 is Santas Anonymous

Newcomer Engagement Award in memory of Lyle Leboldus, presented by the Wood Buffalo Food
Bank Association and sponsored by Hedco Group Inc.
· Kevin Garbuio
· Organization selected to receive the $5,000 award was the Fort McMurray Football Association

Tonight, as we recognized and honoured the nominees, finalists and winners, emcee Marty Giles spoke about the dedication and commitment to the sector and the work that these organizations and volunteers truly do. And, keynote Liz Weaver spoke about the importance of collective impact within our communities.

The Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards celebrates excellence in the nonprofit sector. They honour the achievements of social profit leaders, philanthropists and community organizations that embody the spirit of community innovation, capacity building, leadership and social prosperity. Their passion for our community and their dedication to improving the quality of life explain why they are the heart of Wood Buffalo.

This year we received 46 nominations, 44 different nominees, from which 18 finalists were selected and celebrated. We congratulate the six award winners and recognize the incredible accomplishments of all nominees. The 2014 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards were proudly presented by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and the Suncor Energy Foundation in collaboration with FuseSocial Wood Buffalo Society, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association and the United Way of Fort McMurray. In addition, this year’s awards are sponsored by Rogers Media, Hedco Group Inc., TOTAL E&P Canada, Shell, Syncrude Canada Ltd., ATB Financial, and SNAP Wood Buffalo.