This annual event honours excellence in the field of social services across our region, including front-line workers, teams, and community supporters.

The 2023 Passionate Heart Awards luncheon will be held at the Bonnetts Energy Centre on February 14th, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Award Categories

Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Award 

Awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional front line service for two or more years in the following professions:

  • Policing Services
  • Child and Family Services
  • Youth Services
  • Social prevention
  • Education
  • Social Services 
Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award
Awarded to a team demonstrating exceptional front line service in the following categories:
  • Non-profit social agencies
  • Teams providing social services
 Passionate Heart Business Award

Awarded to a business that provides outstanding support developing the community. This can include ongoing financial support, in-kind or service to the community

 The Chris Henderson Lifetime Service Award

Awarded to an individual with 10 years or more of significant social purpose service in their community.

Recipients of the 2023 Passionate Heart Awards


Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Award: 

  • Rick Zimmerman, Operations Manager - Rising Above

  • Myles Edgar, Teacher, Athletic Director & Leadership Advisor, Beaverlodge Regional High School - Peace Wapiti School Division   

  • Stacy Rorem, Assistant Principal, Robert W. Zahara - Peace Wapiti School Division 

  • Lee Boylan, Principal, Holy Cross School - Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools   

  • Corrine Shmyruk, Principal. Parkside Montessori - Grande Prairie Public School Division

  • Jill Kergen, Community Outreach Librarian - Grande Prairie Public Library  

Passionate Heart Exceptional Team Award: 

  • Community Foundation of NW Alberta 

  • Peace Collaborative Services Team  

Passionate Heart Business Award: 

  • The Minhas Group

  • ABC Recycling 

Chris Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award: 

  • Kathleen Turner - County of Grande Prairie FCSS