Caring Canadian award celebrates examples set by Edmonton and North Central Alberta volunteers

April 28, 2014

The dedicated efforts of community volunteers were recognized today at a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award ceremony hosted at Government House by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Award recipients represented Camrose, Cold Lake, Edmonton and Ponoka.

“This award is a wonderful way to celebrate the essential work performed every day across our province and nation by dedicated people who make our home a better place to be,” said His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Hon. Donald S. Ethell. “These citizens are great role models for us all of what it means to be a Caring Canadian.”

The award recognizes those who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. These individuals share their time and effort to help their fellow citizens and they exemplify the compassion and engagement that are a part of our Canadian character. For more information visit


Recipient citations – April 28, 2014 Caring Canadian Award ceremony, Edmonton:

Charles Bernatchez (Edmonton, AB)
A volunteer with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry cadets, Charles Bernatchez created a method for instructors to track their progress through the training program, served as a marksmanship coach and trained cadets to the national level. He also created a cadet clothing store where 15% of the profits are given to the Parents’ Association.

Elizabeth (Betty) Carlson (Edmonton, AB)
Betty Carlson served as a trustee of the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation and was also the founder of its Festival of Trees, an annual Christmas fundraiser featuring seasonal displays and community events. She has been an active volunteer with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Fashion with Compassion. As well, she co-founded Sorrentino’s Compassion House, a home away from home for breast cancer patients.

Alan Fielding (Camrose, AB)
For nearly 50 years, Alan Fielding has given his time to support local and international organizations such as the Battle River Credit Union, the Battle River Community Foundation, the Camrose Daybreak Rotary Club and the Sahakarini Association, a charity that raises funds and oversees projects in developing countries.

Hugh M. Greene (Ponoka, AB)
Hugh Greene has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1946, and has served both at a local level and as Dominion President. Outside the Legion, he has served his community through the Chamber of Commerce, the Saint Augustine School Board and the Saint Augustine Board of Directors. He has also volunteered as a leader with Scouts Canada and was the chair of the Ponoka Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Megan Kaminski (Cold Lake, AB)
Members of her community say that Megan Kaminski is always busy doing something. As Student Union president of her high school, she helped initiate a fundraiser for Free the Children’s Adopt a Village campaign, a program to assist communities in developing countries by building schools, establishing sanitation and health programs, finding alternative incomes and addressing food security . In her parish, she was a reader, a greeter and a youth leader. In her community, she has fundraised for the Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, Healthy Babies, and the Tri-Town Emergency Food Bank. Most recently, she was chosen to sit on the Minister’s advisory council with Alberta Education and lend a youth voice on education issues.

Hector H. Marois (Edmonton, AB)
Hector Marois has dedicated the past 26 years to volunteering at Unit 9Y, a short term palliative care unit at the Covenant Health Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. He does the morning shift to help distribute breakfast trays and feed the patients; he takes on the orientation of newly arrived families and patients, educating them to the services available to them; and at Christmas, he is the Santa Claus at Unit 9Y and fifteen other celebrations around the Centre. In the summer, however, he takes a two-week break: this is the time he gives to serve as volunteer director at a camp for senior citizens.

Media inquiries:
Janet Resta, Communications Officer
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta