The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually at MADD Canada’s Chapter Leadership Conference to recognize an outstanding volunteer contribution. The Award recognizes individuals within MADD Canada who demonstrate volunteerism by a self-sacrificial giving of their time and talents in pursuit of our mission without expectation of reward. To be eligible the individual must be a member of MADD Canada and must be nominated by a Chapter or a member of the National Board.
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2019 National Winner
Danielle Cole, MADD Greater Fredericton
Danielle Cole came to MADD Canada after an impaired driver hit her, and her two daughters, on December 8, 2012. Danielle was trapped in the car while strangers and first responders cared for her daughters, and worked to free her.
A teacher by profession, Danielle knows the value of sharing her story to bring awareness to kids, parents, schools and the public about the terrible and tragic toll impaired driving takes on individuals and families.
As President of the Chapter, Danielle gives an incredible amount of her time to many roles and activities, including awareness efforts, media interviews, education programs, and public policy work. She also attends court cases with victims and families, and supports them through those difficult periods.
She has cultivated relationships with the RCMP, Fredericton Police Service, fire departments, city officials, government officials, military police and paramedics associations, and has engaged them in a number of Chapter initiatives, including Project Red Ribbon, Sobriety Check Stops, awareness campaigns, education sessions, memorial vigils and provincial memorial monument ceremonies. She has also been instrumental in building relationships with provincial elected officials and has actively promoted changes to the Motor Vehicle Act via Bill 16. As a result, the Chapter was invited to every reading of the Bill and its passage in the provincial legislature.
She has increased social media awareness of the Chapter and the sober driving message, regularly posting pictures and information on the Chapter Facebook and Twitter pages.
Danielle leads by example, ensuring everyone made to feel welcome to the MADD Canada team. Her contagious enthusiasm helps to keep volunteers engaged, and she is constantly working on creative new ideas to get the Chapter’s message out into the community.
Danielle has done all this while healing from her extensive injuries. She has made her community safer, supported victims, and saved lives, without ever looking for anything in return.
Past recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award
1995 Lillian and Dean Pegg, MADD Windsor and Essex County
1996 Norma King, MADD Halton Region
1997 Stephanie and Bill Dooley, MADD Halton Region
1998 Geraldine Dedrick, MADD Halifax Regional
1999 Theresa-Anne Kramer, MADD Montreal
2000 Pat Dutton, MADD Annapolis Valley
2001 Lindsay Hoshal, MADD St. Thomas Chapter
2002 Carolyn Swinson. MADD Toronto
2003 Denise Dubyk, MADD Calgary, AB
2004 Laurie Dinning, MADD Huron/Bruce County
2005 Sandra Henderson, MADD Waterloo Region
2006 Dianne Garner, MADD Upper Fraser Valley, BC
2007 Jerry Smits, MADD Cape Breton, NS
2008 Josephine Gaulton-Rowe, MADD Labrador West, NL
2009 Jason Larkin, MADD Barrie/Simcoe, ON
2010 Charline Manuel, MADD Kent County, NB
2011 Chaouki Hamka, MADD Windsor & Essex County Community Leader, ON
2012 Margaret Miller, MADD Cobequid, NS
2013 Daniela Martinson, Whitehorse, Yukon
2014 Russell Stewart, MADD Charlottetown Chapter, Prince Edward Island
2015 Donald Slaney, MADD Burin Peninsula and Avalon Chapters
2016 Amanda Price – MADD Whitehorse
2017 – Sharon Allen, MADD Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
2018 – Anita Huchala, MADD Lethbridge & Area, Alberta
Past Regional Award Winners
BC/Yukon Region: Norm Prince, MADD North Island
Western Region: Denise Dubyk, MADD Calgary
Ontario East Region: Nancy Codlin, MADD Durham
Ontario West Region: Gary MacDonald , MADD London
Atlantic Region: Mike Higgs, MADD Halifax and Region.
British Columbia/Yukon Region:Bob Rorison, MADD Greater Vancouver
Prairie Provinces/Northwest Territories Region:Bob Hykaway, MADD Medicine Hat
Ontario West Region Award: Laurie Dinning, MADD
Huron/Bruce Ontario East Region Award: Helen Fleming, MADD Dufferin County
Atlantic Region: Paul King, MADD Annapolis Valley
BC/Yukon Region: Helen Hoeflicker, MADD Greater Vancouver
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region: Greg Miller, MADD Edmonton & Area
Ontario West Region: Sandra Henderson, MADD Waterloo Region
Ontario East Region: Gregg Thomson, MADD Ottawa Chapter
Quebec Region: Eric Sicotte, MADD Montreal
Atlantic Region: Kathleen Foster-Alfred, MADD Cobequid
BC/Yukon Region: Dianne Garner, MADD Upper Fraser Valley, BC
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region: Michelle Meshen, MADD Medicine Hat, AB
Ontario East Region: Fran and Bill Charlton, MADD Quinte, ON
Atlantic Region: Nick Denny, MADD Cape Breton, NS
BC/Yukon Region: Christine Rundell, MADD Victoria & Area, BC
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region: Joan McLeod, MADD Edmonton and Area, AB
Ontario West Region: Kim Henry, MADD Waterloo Region, ON
Ontario East Region: Kim Butler, MADD Barrie/Simcoe, ON
Quebec Region: Jason Dubeau, MADD Upper Laurentians, QC
Atlantic Region: Jerry Smits, MADD Cape Breton, NS
Prairie Provinces/NWT/Nunavut Region – Dave Hall, MADD Edmonton & Area
Ontario West Region – Lesley Read, MADD Thunder Bay
Ontario East Region – Elizabeth Simser, MADD Kawartha Lakes
Quebec Region – Carole Giroux, MADD Beauce
Atlantic Region – Josephine Gaulton-Rowe, MADD Labrador West
BC/Yukon Region – Bob Rorison, MADD Metro Vancouver, BC
Ontario East Region – Jason Larkin, MADD Barrie/Simcoe, ON
Quebec Region – James Lawler, MADD Montreal Chapter
Atlantic Region – Gloria MacNeill, MADD East Prince County, PE