Mayor's Special Award Recipients

The Mayor’s Special Award is the highest possible recognition from The City of Red Deer. Chosen by the Mayor, these individuals have demonstrated exceptional achievement, humanitarianism or an act of heroism or bravery.

Mayor's Special Award Recipients

2019 Canada Winter Games Volunteers

A Mayor’s Special Award was presented to the 5,000 volunteers who made the 2019 Canada Winter Games the massive success it was and continues to be. The eyes of the nation were on Red Deer as we welcomed athletes, coaches, families and media from across the country as the host city of the Canada Winter Games, and this amazing army of volunteers stepped up and created an overwhelmingly successful Games. It was truly a team effort like no other, and it couldn’t have been done without them.

Early 2019 was our time to shine as we welcomed our country, but the planning and coordination to pull off such a massive undertaking began months and years beforehand. From submitting and winning the bid, to establishing a board of governors, recruiting the volunteers to building new infrastructure, planning venues to securing athlete accommodations, finding marketing partnerships and donors, and the list goes on. The call went out for volunteers and our community stepped up, literally thousands of you!

While we would like to present a personal award to each and every one of the 5,000 Red Deerians who gave their time to ensure the success of this event, Patricia Martens was chosen to represent the more than 5,000 volunteers and recently accepted the award from Mayor Veer.

Congratulations to the more than 5,000 Canada Winter Games volunteers! Red Deer thanks you!

Accepting on behalf of the Canada Winter Games Volunteers is Patricia Martens
Accepting on behalf of the Canada Winter Games Volunteers is Patricia Martens.

Central Alberta Refugee Effort
Translation and Interpretation Program

Recipient of a Mayor’s Special Award, this very dedicated group of people provide a critical service to our newest and often most vulnerable neighbours. This program provides support translating documents, connecting newcomers to essential services and support to overcome the language barrier for day to day activities free of charge, to new Canadians who speak little to no English.

Imagine moving to a new country, a new city, and trying to establish a life for your family, without being able to speak the language. That is the reality thousands of new Canadians are faced with each and every year as they settle in Red Deer and the surrounding area. The Central Alberta Refugee Effort’s Volunteer Translation and Interpretation Program is there every step of the way, providing this important service.

Since 2010, thousands of volunteers have translated over six-thousand documents and been present at over 17-hundred meetings and services to assist 25-hundred immigrant and refugee clients and families in Red Deer. This is all thanks to the many volunteers giving their time in order to provide this invaluable service to residents. Congratulations to the volunteers working for this amazing program. 

Accepting on behalf of the Central Alberta Refugee Effort are members of the Translation and Interpretation Program
Volunteers being recognized:
Ola Zein Alabdin
Marwa Alwakaa
Adel Aktaibi
Dalia Hmaidan
Inna Kulikov
Salah Malouhi
Viktoriya Moroz
Eunice Salazar
Ethel Suarez
Joyce Wang
NOTE: Not all recognized volunteers are shown in this picture.

Picture also includes, C.A.R.E. staff, as follows:
Frank Bauer, Executive Director
Juan Arias, Settlement Assistant & Interpretation Coordinator
Elzbieta Sawicka, Volunteer Coordinator