2015 Scotties banquet director wins Citizen of the Year

Lisa Goudy
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Darlene Guy has volunteered with many events and she doesn’t see that stopping any time soon.

“I am doing the banquet for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2015. I don’t see it ending, no, and even my friends in Regina said, next time Regina has a big function, they’re calling me,” said Guy. “I just enjoy it. I enjoy the people that I’ve met.”

She was awarded the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award at the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen and Group of the Year Awards luncheon on Thursday at the Heritage Inn. She was surprised to win the award.

“(Nominee) Kelvin (Bradford) does so many things in the community and I’ve known Kelvin for almost the 25 years he’s been with the Kinsmen,” said Guy. “I was against a lot of really, really good people. So yeah, I was surprised, but very happy.”

Guy first started volunteering in 2004 to add something to her resume. She has helped with events such as the Saskatchewan Air Show, Moose Jawg Charity Road Race, Sidewalk Days, Canada Cup of Curling, the 2010 Winter Games and she volunteers with six functions for Wakamow Valley each year.

“It’s just kind of exploded since then. 2013 was actually probably my biggest year what with the Grey Cup and Juno Awards,” said Guy, adding she volunteers because of the people she meets.

“It’s really amazing when you sit back and you see something that you’ve worked on take place and you get to be friends,” said Guy. “You may start off not knowing them and at the end, everybody’s hugging everybody to see that the event happened. So I think that’s probably why I do it and to bring the events to the city. I live in the city. I love the city and I like to see events come to the city.”

Kids Helping Kids received the Group of the Year Award. The group, comprised of 30 teenagers, organized and held a first annual dance-a-thon at Dance Images by B.J. on Dec. 8. The event raised more than $11,000 for the charity Creative Kids of Saskatchewan, which gives money to kids to get them involved with things such as dancing, music and art.

“We’re very honoured. We weren’t really expecting it, but it’s so great for us to get that opportunity and get that recognition,” said Grade 12 Vanier Collegiate student Jessica Froehlich, who helped organize the event. “We were so thankful just to be nominated. So to actually receive the award is very, very special and we’re very, very proud.”

She said more than 100 dancers of all ages took part in the event. The goal of the dance-a-thon was to raise $1,000.

“So to get $11,000 that was beyond belief and I think it was nice because it was our entire studio, right from the six year olds and up,” said Froehlich. “For us to all come together and raise that money really shows what a family we are and how determined we are and how much we really care about that cause to help other kids dance.”

Putting on the event was certainly worth it for Froehlich.

“It would’ve been worth it if we’d raised $2 just because of the whole process. I mean we had so much fun doing the dance-a-thon and letting the students getting to choreograph for younger students. It was very valuable,” she said. “I’m going to graduate this year. So sadly I won’t get to be there when they do it next year, but I’m sure I’ll come back and see how it goes, but I think they’re planning on making it annual. So that’s good to know.”

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Citizen of the Year Nominees

Al Cameron

Christine Boyczuk

Darlene Guy

Jennifer Shrubsole

Kelvin Bradford

Group of the Year Nominees

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Program

Kids Helping Kids

Moose Jaw Real Estate Board

Moose Jaw YMCA

Volunteer Board of Directors at Southwest Day Care & Early Learning Centre

WOW Factor Media

Organizations: Citizen and Group of the Year, Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Inn Creative Kids

Geographic location: Regina, Canada, Wakamow Valley Saskatchewan

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