Kids Help Phone’s Volunteers of the Year

Kids Help Phone’s 2017 National and Regional Volunteers of the Year

Every year, Kids Help Phone honours our volunteers across Canada with awards in the youth, adult and group categories. These award winners are individuals who’ve supported our organization through exceptional actions, pure generosity and absolute dedication. On behalf of young people in Canada, we’re so thankful for their continued support!

Youth — Justin Preston

 
About Justin: There is nothing Justin Preston is more passionate about than the mental health and well-being of young people. That’s why Justin is such an incredible ally to Kids Help Phone, using his beaming personality, social media presence and kind heart to amplify our message to youth. In 2017, Justin showed his true colours as a dedicated volunteer by helping us spread the word about our new brand and website, sharing his coming out story with us and becoming the face of our Pride parade as we celebrated on Instagram in Toronto. Beyond Kids Help Phone, Justin is the founder of his own bullying awareness initiative, Rise Against Bullying, which aims to empower young people and promote bullying prevention. We cannot thank Justin enough for all that he does for youth across Canada!

Why Justin volunteers: “I had the courage to pick up the phone and dial Kids Help Phone, not ever thinking years later I’d become an ambassador for a charity so close to my heart. The main reason why I volunteer my time with Kids Help Phone and raise funds during the annual Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is because they were there for me when I needed somebody the most. This is one charity and support service I will forever stand beside.”

Adult — Destree Godwin

 
About Destree: Destree’s volunteer efforts with Kids Help Phone have followed her across Canada, beginning in 2012 in Ontario and finding her again in Alberta, showing that no matter where you are, you can support our mission and vision. Her enthusiasm toward volunteering encourages those around her to join in, and she always looks for new ways to lend her support, including signing up to become a volunteer Crisis Responder for Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone. Destree is always there for Kids Help Phone, allowing us to always be there for youth in Canada.

Why Destree volunteers: “Supporting youth mental health is as critical as ever. I support Kids Help Phone so that my own children, and one day my grandchildren, will know that they are never, ever alone.”

Group — Moncton Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO Committee

 
About the Moncton Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO Committee: We celebrate the Moncton Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO Committee for coming together to show the strength of their community by running a successful Walk each year. Since 2015, their efforts have supported more than just the Walk, but also awareness of Kids Help Phone in their community and beyond. They’ve taken their amazing teamwork and applied it to several events in their area focused on fundraising and raising awareness for Kids Help Phone. As a result, they’ve continuously supported our mission to be there for youth across Canada.

Why they volunteer:

Natasha Boudreau: “By the end of my first conversation with Kids Help Phone staff, the passion and pride I was shown, along with the stories I was told, I was positive that Kids Help Phone was a resource I wanted to make sure was available to all the young people in our community as well as for when I had a family of my own.”

Amy Clark: “I know I will never have the emotional capacity to be in the front line to help these kids, but know that I am able to help in other ways. Knowing that I can help behind the scenes to make a kid smile is worth it.”

Brittany Reid: “I support Kids Help Phone because I believe that every kid should have the chance to be able to talk to someone about anything when they need to and feel safe doing so.”

Christina Waddy: “Growing up today is very different from when I was young, and I am grateful for the service provided by Kids Help Phone. Youth in my community and across Canada benefit from this critical resource on a daily basis, and knowing young people have somewhere to turn is the reason I support Kids Help Phone.”

Brent Wheeler: “In the end, my hope is that through my involvement, people are aware of what Kids Help Phone does and are not afraid to talk to the young people in their lives about it.”

2017 Regional Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
Alberta — Sydney Williams

2017 Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
Alberta — John C. Miller

2017 Regional Youth Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Mackenzie Lambert

2017 Regional Youth Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Regan Reynolds

2017 Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Kylene Mellor

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Natasha D. Bourdeau

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Amy M. L. Clark

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Brittany Reid

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Christina Waddy

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Atlantic — Brent Wheeler

2017 Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
British Columbia — Jennifer Oswald

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
British Columbia — Sharon Barron

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
British Columbia — Sandra John

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
British Columbia — Chad Lamirande

2017 Regional Special Consideration Volunteer of the Year Award
British Columbia — Kelly Tilsley

2017 Regional Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
Manitoba — Ben Sabic

2017 Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
Manitoba — Michael Redhead Champagne

2017 Regional Special Consideration Volunteer of the Year Award
Manitoba — Kieran B. Drachenberg

2017 Regional Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Justin Preston

2017 Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Beth A. McClelland

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Cory Anderson

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Mike Devries

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Mandi Fields

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Kristen Kennedy

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Chair, London Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO Committee – Sav Neth

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Justin Peters

2017 Regional Special Consideration Volunteer of the Year Award
Ontario — Craig Reddick

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Quebec — René Douville

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Quebec — Michel Masson

2017 Regional Group Volunteer of the Year Award
Quebec — Colette Roy