Stars of Alberta Recipients - 2015

Youth Category

Ms. Ravina Anand - Edmonton

Ravina Anand

Ravina Anand is currently in her third year towards a Bachelor of Science degree as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, Misericordia Hospital, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Mission and previously the Royal Alexandria Hospital. Ravina is part of the United Nations Club, and has travelled to New York for the National Model United Nations Conference. She is the VP of communications for the Edmonton World Health Organization, an executive member of the TEDx conference, the Regional Director of Sustainable Youth Canada and a member of the Students for the Promotion of Global Health Club. Ravina is involved with the City of Edmonton Youth Council and a designated member of the Health & Wellness and Engagement committee. In her spare time she works on her fashion blog "indrastyles", watches a variety of television shows and enjoys classical music. She believes that knowledge and education can take you to extraordinary lengths no matter who you are.
Nominated by Ms. Sheila Butt, Community Member

Mr. Mohit Kumar - Edmonton

Mohit Kumar

Mohit exemplifies the power youth have to make positive changes within our society. He is an outstanding volunteer and a leader who has won the admiration of many at Frontier College. Frontier College is a national non-profit literacy-promotion organization that supports youth and adults who struggle with literacy. Mohit was instrumental in establishing a partnership between Frontier College and the Boyle Street Community Services’ Water Wings Employment Readiness Program, which assists unemployed individuals with obtaining and retaining stable employment. It is through the dedication of leaders like Mohit that Water Wings was able to help over 3,500 clients in the past two years with the process of obtaining employment. Mohit has also founded the EXCEL (Excite, Challenge, and Empower Learners) Program™, a mentorship and homework assistance program that advocates for at-risk elementary students who struggle with schoolwork. He recruits and manages a team of mentors and collaborates with teachers to improve students’ academic performance and increase self-confidence. Mohit endeavors to implement EXCEL across Edmonton. As an aspiring physician, Mohit also contributes his time to the Pre-Medical Students’ Association at the University of Alberta, as well as to the Cross Cancer Institute, the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, and many other organizations.
Nominated by Mrs. Azmina Navodia, Frontier College

Adult Category

Mrs. Deanna Lennox - Fort Saskatchewan

Deanna Lennox

Mrs. Lennox is a sixteen-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She currently dedicates her time and efforts toward the provision of critical information and support to First Responders and Frontline Service Providers who suffer the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other Occupational Stress Injuries.

In 2010, Mrs. Lennox organized the first annual War Horse Symposium where a variety of organizations from across the country came together to share information and discuss operational stress injuries. In 2011, Mrs. Lennox directed her sense of duty toward the support of her fellow frontline service providers and founded a nonprofit organization, War Horse Awareness Foundation. This foundation has been providing invaluable information, unique equine experiences and potent peer support to injured first responders throughout the province of Alberta, Canada and the United States. This year in April, Mrs. Lennox’s memoir, “Damage Done: A Mountie’s Memoir” was published and appeared on the Non-Fiction National Bestsellers List. Her book chronicles her experiences in the RCMP, her own personal struggle with depression and PTSD and how working with horses has been a powerful part of her own healing journey. Mrs. Lennox works to assist those who serve our communities and our country and to combat the stigma associated with these types of injuries. Despite many challenges associated with the journey Mrs. Lennox chose to embark on, she remains determined to restore peace, health and happiness to those who offer so much of themselves to protect our own.
Nominated by Ms. Maria Boulet, Community Member

Mrs. Roberta Rehill - Hanna

Roberta Rehill

Mrs. Rehill has contributed thousands of hours and many years to numerous events, activities, programs, committees and boards in the community of Hanna. Her passion for community engagement is paramount. Her leadership and commitment will leave a legacy with such groups as Hanna Front Row Centre Arts Council, Hanna Dance Association, Hanna Performing Arts Association, Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo Association, Hanna and District Agricultural Society and Garden Plain Community Club to name a few. But her true passion has always been to provide positive, meaningful activities for youth through Hanna and District Youth Club, where she has been taking an active leadership role since 1989. Mrs. Rehill believes youth are our future and are worth investing time and energy into. She creates opportunities for them to discover themselves and their strengths so they can move closer to achieving their goals. Mrs. Rehill’s signature youth event is the renowned Hanna Teen Fair. Mrs. Rehill is able to inspire youth and adults to come forward and give of themselves and their talents to better the community of Hanna.
Nominated by Ms. Gwendolyn Snell, Town of Hanna Community Services/FCSS

Senior Category

Ms. Dawning Boston - Edmonton

Dawning Boston

Ms. Boston exemplifies untiring energy, passion, humanitarianism and a genuine concern for seniors’ wellbeing. Her tireless contributions in addressing and raising awareness about issues faced by seniors, such as, transportation and mobility in Edmonton are immeasurable. In 2007, when Ms. Boston joined Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association (LHHSA) she became an “official” volunteer driver. Since then, Ms. Boston has put her passion, drive and determination in promoting the cause of senior mobility. To date, Ms. Boston has volunteered over 24,480 hours of volunteer driving. As a past board member and President of LHHSA, Ms. Boston has been influential in taking seniors assisted transportation to a new level in Edmonton. Ms. Boston also contributes her time at the Strathcona Lions Club, Nosy Neighbours Program and is a prominent fundraiser for the Diabetes Association, the Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke and Kidney Foundations.
Nominated by Asma Qadri, Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association

Mr. Dwayne Hlady - Vegreville

Dwayne Hlady

As a friendly and active senior, Mr. Hlady became the voice of senior citizens on a number of Vegreville boards. Numerous local community organizations have benefited from his dedication. Under Mr. Hlady’s leadership, the Vegreville Transportation Services Society Taxi Voucher program and handivan service has expanded by 30 per cent. In addition, funds to replace the “tired” old van were raised in less than a year due to an aggressive fundraising campaign.

The Senior Citizens Sunshine Club has experienced a remarkable rejuvenation and local seniors are reaping the benefits of the diversity and program options provided, one of which is an intergenerational program involving the M.O.D.E.L(Mentors Opening Doors Enriching Lives) project and the Senior Citizens Sunshine Club. Mr. Hlady can also be found providing a helping hand at Vegreville’s Lion’s Club, Agricultural Society, Two Hills and District Historical Society, Crisis Association, as well as countless community events such as Senior’s Health and Wellness Fair, vEGGfest and Senior’s Week.
Nominated by Mrs. Lisa Topilko, Volunteer Vegreville/FCSS

Last reviewed/revised: January 11, 2016
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