The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award

  • 2015 Award: Don and Donna Winstone

    This year’s recipients of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award have volunteered extensively toward increasing awareness of social justive issues. 13 years ago, they were the driving force behind establishing the Global Justice Film Festival, which has become an annual collaborative effort between MCIC and 12 other organizations. Don is treasurer for the festival’s steering committee, and together he and Donna continue to put in countless volunteer hours to make the festival a success each year.

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  • 2014 Award: Dr. Zephania Matanga

    This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is a long serving volunteer the MCIC , and has many of Paul Lejeune’s ideas and commitments towards the disability community. He is a powerful advocate for persons with disability both in Canada and internationally. This year’s recipient has been a volunteer with MCIC since 2007 as a board member. Dispute his disability, which he has had since the age of 5, he has not let anything slow him down. After getting his degree and moving to Canada, he has devoted his time exploring ways to remove barriers and enable persons with disabilities in Canada and internationally to prosper.

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  • 2013 Award: Ryan Sparkes

    This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is a long serving volunteer to MCIC. This year’s recipient volunteered with one of MCIC’s member agencies in northern Uganda in 2002-2003. His involvement with MCIC started in 2005 when he was elected to the MCIC board. He was re-elected two more times, serving on the board until 2011. He served as Vice-President of MCIC’s Board of Directors for three years from 2008-2011. He also served on the Overseas Projects Committee from 2005-2009, and in 2009 when we started a separate committee to review Community Solidarity Fund projects he moved to that committee for two years. In 2012 when we decided to have a separate committee to review Relief and Rehabilitation projects he was a willing volunteer. This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is Ryan Sparkes.

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  • 2012 Award: Jo-Ellen Parry

    This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is a long serving volunteer to MCIC. The recipient’s interest in international development started at a very early age, as she had an opportunity to travel extensively with her family. She has lived or worked in Chile, Ghana, Nigeria, and Pakistan. She has also travelled to many other countries with her current job. Her involvement with MCIC started in 2000, when she did a short contract, where she managed a public deliberation project for youth on globalization. For the past nine years she has served on MCIC’s Overseas Projects Committee. She was a Board member for six years from 2005 to 2011. During that time she was a member of the Executive Committee for four of those years, and she also chaired the Resolutions Committee for the last four years. This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is Jo-Ellen Parry.

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  • 2011 Award: Robert (Bob) Kroeker

    This year’s recipient’s involvement with MCIC has spanned 2 centuries and 3 decades. He served on the board for six years from 1995–2001. He was Treasurer for 5.5 of those years. He has continued to serve on the Finance Committee since leaving the board. He has been on the Finance Committee for 16 consecutive years! This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is Bob Kroeker.

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  • 2010 Award: Thomas Novak and Reena Kreindler

    This year we are recognizing two volunteers that often work as a team. This is also the first year that we are recognizing volunteers that have contributed greatly to our public engagement work with youth. Past winners have been volunteers that have contributed to MCIC’s governance and committee work.

    This year’s recipients of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award are Thomas Novak and Reena Kreindler. Thomas has facilitated the Theatre workshops for MCIC’s Generating Momentum High School Conferences from the first one in March 2002 to the last one in 2007. Reena assisted him from 2003-2007. Thomas also assisted MCIC with the first few Generating Momentum Middle Years conferences. Spring 2006 in Winnipeg, and three in 2007 in Winnipeg and Gimli and three in 2008 in Winnipeg and Morden.

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  • 2009 Award: Robert Granke

    This year’s recipient was raised in Winnipeg, and his involvement with MCIC has spanned all 4 decades of MCIC’s existence! He has served on the board from 1978 - 1986 and then again 1988-1992 and then again 2006-2008. He was President in 1990-1992 and again in 2007-2008. He also served on the Overseas Projects Committee in the 80’s and 90’s. This year’s recipient of the Paul LeJeune Volunteer Service Award is Robert Granke.

    Bob is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief. He previously worked for CLWR from 1977 - 1992, first as Development Education Manager, and then Project Manager.

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