Jamie Worman named 2017 Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year
The Rotary’s Celebration of Excellence, sponsored by Canalta, was held Saturday evening. Jamie Worman, who over the last couple of years has come to embody paying it forward, was the recipient of the Citizen of the Year, which was presented by Heather Colberg.
“To me, without the people, without the commitment from the town doing what they have done to help what I started, none of this would have been possible,” he said.
Worman represents the next generation of volunteers in the Valley. He has already raised over $100,000 for charities. Some of his endeavours include the Santa Cause campaigns, as well as raising, funds to support Brandon Hall and his family in his battle with cancer, and effort to help Fort McMurray residents during
the wildfires. Just as the community has supported his efforts, he was guided by members of the community.
“I didn’t realize what it meant until I began looking into the previous winners,” he said. “It is people like that who helped me go down the right path. These women I admire and look up to for their involvement in the community but more importantly as who they are as human beings.”
The runner-up was Linda Traquair, presented by John Sparling.
The Dr. Ken Julson Award for the Most Courteous Employee was also presented Saturday evening to Don Woodruff of Rutz Agencies was presented by Karen Crawford.
Woodruff was grateful for the award.
“It’s a great honour and I am thrilled to be part of this,” he said. “You don’t really realize that people are noticing. You do it because it makes people around you happy, but to be recognized for it is an awesome thing.”
“I have been treated with kindness so much throughout my life it seems natural to treat people with kindness in return.”
The runner- up was Jocelyn Turenne of Cafe Ole. She was presented by Sylvia Adams.
The Athlete of the Year awards were presented to Noah Miles and Bailey Faubion.
Noah is a standout for the Drumheller Titans and embodies the archetype of a student-athlete maintaining a high academic average and has been accepted into the University of Alberta’s Bachelors of Science with Honors program specializing in astrophysics and will be trying out for the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears Football Team. He also earned the Town of Drumheller’s Badlands Scholarship.
Bailey Faubion has been very active in the slow pitch, fastpitch and women/girls softball organizations. She made the Alberta Summer Games Team in the U16 category. She has been the President of the Drumheller Girls Softball.
The Leader of Tomorrow Award, also presented by the Town, for Grade 10-12 was presented to Teaghan Coultes. She has been an integral part of the DVSS Cheer team and personifies enthusiasm. In addition, she is active at her school as an advocate for students and anti-bullying
Nolan Ranger was the recipient of the Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Grade 7-9. He is known as a dependable team member and an active volunteer, including volunteering for the Gran Fondo.
At the Celebration of Excellence are (l-r) John Sparling who presented runner-up Linda Traquair, Rotary President John Shannon and Citizen of the Year Jamie Worman, who was presented by Heather Colberg.
Mayor Terry Yemen presents Teaghan Coultes with the Leader of Tomorrow award, Noah Miles with the Badlands Scholarship, with Paul Salvatore of the Town of Drumheller.
Karen Crawford presented Don Woodruff with the Most Courteous Employee with Rotary President John Shannon, runner up Jocelyn Turenne, who was presented by Sylvia Adams,
Noah Miles, left, and Bailey Faubion, right, were named Athletes of the Year. They were presented the awards by Rotary President John Shannon.