Stettler Heartland Youth Centre recognizes deserving youth and volunteers

Community Boys Group discussed at awards ceremony Mar. 18

By Emily Jaycox For the Independent

The Heartland Youth Centre (HYC) recognized some deserving members and volunteers at its annual general meeting and volunteer recognition night on March 18.

“It was a very uplifting, positive evening recognizing not only the award winners, but recognizing the volunteers who help out throughout the year,” said Winnie Bissett, executive director of HYC.

About 45 people attended the event, which included a brief meeting, the awards and light refreshments.

A guest speaker, Deacon Barclay, spoke about the Community Boys Group, a program offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and the need for big brothers and male mentors.

The Corporate Cares award, in recognition of outstanding and long-term support from a local business, was presented to Boston Pizza and Jewel Theatre.

The Jewel supports the HYC with advertising the need for mentors during movie previews and supports HYC programs.

Boston Pizza helps with different fundraisers and has donated pizza for events. They also hosted the Community Boys for a day of learning how to make pizza.

Celeste Reid was given the Marg Forrester Memorial award in recognition of volunteer contribution to the HYC program by an adult.

Reid has been a Big Sister for two years and volunteers for Rainbows, a program ran in schools for students who have suffered a loss, such as a death, divorce or other major transitions.

The remaining awards were given to HYC members.

Dakota Derr received the Benny Green Memorial “Whistle while you work” award, given to an individual that embraces community service with a smile and positive attitude.

“He’s got a great attitude and he is supportive of other kids,” said Bissett.

The Nicole Blumhagen Memorial award recipients were Evan Bogner, of the Keystone Club for ages 14 to 18, and Jack Timmins of the Torch Club, for ages 11 to 14.

The award is given to club members with outstanding volunteer contribution to the club and community.

Bogner has about 46 hours of community service and Timmins has around 33, according to Bissett.

A memorial award for Kalysta Miller, the “Kalysta Kindness award,” in recognition of a member that role models kindness and compassion to others, was given to Keira Perry and August Roenspies.

Lloyd’s Leaders award, given for outstanding leadership and effort by a teen, was awarded to Kevin Missikewitz, who has been a school mentor for three years.

HYC can be found on Facebook, or for more information on Stettler BBBS, visit

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