On October 21, 2023, at the 2023 GUTS Volunteer Conference, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada announced the recipients of the 2023 Volunteer Awards.
Thank you to all volunteers for your impactful contributions to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and congratulations to all the 2023 recipients on this achievement!
The Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero award is intended to highlight the achievements of individual Crohn’s and Colitis Canada volunteers and their contribution to the fulfillment of our mission. The award recognizes a volunteer who has made a substantial contribution to the work of the organization over time and may or may not have held any particular office or been previously recognized for their efforts.
Unsung Hero Award
- AB - Ron Abramson
- BC - Krista Olson
- MB - Matthew MacNeil
- NFL - Rick Slade
- ON - Chantal Wicks*
- PEI - Carrie MacLellan
- QC - Marie-Eve Labadie
- SK - Jennifer Chami
* Recipient of National Unsung Hero Award
- AB - Karen Gay
- BC - Hailey Kolenda
- MB - Caitlynn Danchuk
- NL - Beverly Swackhamer
- NB - Louise Levesque-Burley
- ON - Sarah Bouchard*
- QC - Edden Gitelman
- SK - Ryan Heistad
Volunteer Team Excellence Award
The Volunteer Team Excellence Award is intended to recognize a group of volunteers (Chapters, Affiliates, committees or other Crohn’s and Colitis Canada volunteer groups) who demonstrate collaboration and innovation while reaching outstanding achievements in advancing our mission with particular emphasis on the impact made on improving the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s or colitis. The impact could be made in any area including, but not limited to, awareness, outreach, patient support, volunteer engagement and/or fundraising.
Team Excellence Award Recipients
- AB- Youth IBD Group
- BC- BC Virtual Auction*
- MB- Winnipeg Gala
- NFL- Christina and Madelyn Swackhamer
- ON- Martini Madness
- QC- Montreal Chapter
* Recipient of National Team Excellence Award
- AB - Lethbridge Gusty Walk Committee*
Gutsiest Walk - Team Award
The Gutsiest Walk Award seeks to highlight a special combination of hard work, achievement and spirit by a Gutsy Walk committee. It is a mixture of achieving strong fundraising outcomes, along with a great team attitude, creativity in bringing the event to life and strong engagement of the local community through volunteerism, participation and donations.
Regional Gutsiest Walk Team Award recipients
- ON - Hamilton Gutsy Walk Committee*
- ON- Simcoe County Gutsy Walk Committee*
* Recipient of National Gutsiest Walk Team Award