Airdrie resident wins Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am
Airdrie’s Al Jones was one of six people recognized for his outstanding community contributions at the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards gala on Dec. 5, in Edmonton.
“It is very heartwarming, very humbling and an incredible honour,” Jones said.
He said the award is especially humbling to him because he knows of a lot of wonderful volunteers that do a lot of work in the community and are just as deserving of the award as he is.
Jones wears many hats in his various volunteer roles including being a member of the City of Airdrie’s Environmental Advisory Board since 1996, a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1994, chair of the 2014 Alberta Summer Games and director on the Airdrie and District Community Foundation.
He has also organizes Airdrie’s annual City Wide Garage Sale, volunteers and sponsors for the Empty Bowl Festival in support of the food bank, and is an organizer and board member with the Airdrie Regional Airshow.
On top of all that, Jones also volunteers and promotes the DQ Miracle Treat Day in support of Alberta Children’s Hospital and served as director of sponsorship and media relations for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual Batting Against Breast Cancer Softball Tournament.
That all adds up to Jones spending more than 1,560 hours volunteering in the past year and said he and his wife Lois spend about 90 per cent of their social lives involved in volunteering. He added the couple has made many lasting friendships that sparked from people they met while volunteering.
“I’m proud of not only the various events and fundraisers I’ve been involved with and the end results of them, but I’m also tremendously proud of the people I’ve met (while volunteering) and the hard work they put in,” Jones said.
“Volunteers provide a vital role in communities across the province as together we continue to build Alberta for the future,” Premier Alison Redford said in a press release. “I am honoured to join with Albertans to recognize the 2013 Stars of Alberta who are shining examples of powerful spirit of volunteerism.”
The gala event included an opportunity for winners to be congratulated by Redford and a video about the winners with interviews from fellow volunteers and community members.
“It was very humbling to hear what other people think of you,” Jones said.
At the event he was presented with a token of recognition in the form of a star sculpture.
He said the gala was great because it allowed him the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow volunteers and exchange ideas of what he could do to further improve the community.
“I just want to thank anybody and everybody I have ever volunteered beside,” Jones said.
“All my volunteer successes have not been stand-alone initiatives and there are always other people involved that help bring an event to success.”