The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members.
Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5.
Mr. Dallas Ansell – Edmonton
Born and raised in Cold Lake and currently in his fourth year as a University of Alberta student, Dallas volunteers at numerous local organizations.
One of his most significant commitments is as a youth leader with Young Life East where Dallas currently mentors fifteen Grade 11 boys. Dallas is also heavily involved with the Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB), supporting visually impaired athletes. Dallas is involved with goalball and blind hockey and has helped to coach one of the ASRAB’s athletes all the way to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Dallas’ passion for assisting individuals with disabilities is not limited to sport. Dallas is also involved with the UAlberta’s Exercise is Medicine (EIM) group that promotes the importance of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. He was instrumental in bringing the EIM movement to the University of Alberta. An accomplished competitive hockey player in his earlier years, Dallas now shares his experience and love of hockey as a first year head coach of the Parkland Athletic Club Bantam AA Saints hockey team. Dallas has also made a significant impact through his involvement with the Steadward Centre, the Paralympic Sports Association, the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships, the Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club and Camp Freedom.
Nominated by Mr. Steven Ainsley, Community Member (Steven is also a volunteer with ASRAB).
Albertans, who meet the following criteria, are eligible for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award:
- Exemplifies the spirit of community service
- Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership and creativity in his/her service to others
- Serves as a role model for others in his/her community
- Inspires others to engage in volunteer service
- Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Albertans and community as a whole
Original article from Alberta Culture and Tourism