Christina Ray- Community Building 2019

Christina is a passionate, strong, community-minded woman who has taken it upon herself to empower the women around her. Local Women Unite is a group that was started by Christina in April of 2017 and has grown into a social community of over 700 on Facebook. The concept started as a space for women to come together and grow, discuss, heal and talk about issues. Christina has planned a Women’s Empowering Day, large group coffee dates, a breakfast meeting, and the first International Women’s Day event in Olds. Christina also started modelling as a curve model a year ago. Her personal Instagram feed is full of her empowering messages and images from campaigns with which she has been involved.

Elsie Machell- Human Service 2019

Elsie Machell is a long-time volunteer and role model. In 60 years of service to the Olds Hospital Auxiliary, she has worked in the hospital gardens, tuck shop, volunteered in the extended care unit and helped with bake sales. Her dedication to the community doesn’t stop there… She has been working with the Meals on Wheels group for such a long time they asked her to become the coordinator and she serves on the board. Elsie is a tireless volunteer with her church community and can also be found canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Her leadership, dedication and volunteerism have not gone unnoticed as she received the Olds and District Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2016.

Rachel Andres- Athletic, Recreation and Fitness 2019

Rachel is a powerhouse athlete that is pavi ng the way for other discus, javelin, hammer and shotput thrower’s in the Olds area. She became the 2018 Canadian discus champion and represented Team Canada at the NACAC Championship in Toronto in 2018. Having been involved in the four sports for many years, she was disappointed that the new high school in Olds didn’t have the facilities to train. In 2013, she started coaching students in the parking lot and has grown her program, through fundraising, to include a new shotput and discus/hammer ring. Her students have gone on to win the U16 women’s hammer and discus throw in 2018. Watch out for this amazing athlete as she continues her journey!

Doreen Bergum- Arts, culture and Heritage 2019

Born in an era when it was illegal to express one’s Métis culture, Doreen Bergum has become an inspiration to Métis peoples. Doreen dove into her culture at age 55, when laws changed. She learned music, dances, and handicrafts secretly shared in her childhood. Currently, Doreen is the Métis Elder for the Homeland of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region #3 and an internationally recognized jigger. She shares her culture with students in schools, Colleges and Universities and creates storyboards and museum displays. Through her prayers, beading and jigging, she has, one event at a time and one person at a time, fostered understanding of and pride in the Métis culture locally, and nationally. Doreen is a strong Métis advocate.  

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