The 2021 SARC Awards Recipients

In 2021, we once again traveled around the province, awarding very worthy recipients their SARC Awards after COVID-19 forced us to take a year-long hiatus in 2020. From Watrous to Prince Albert, Regina to Swift Current, we met some incredible people working hard to create opportunities and diversity in their communities.

The 2021 SARC Awards Recipients are:

The Good Neighbour Award

The Good Neighbour Award recognizes a person who makes a difference in their community through their contribution or volunteer efforts.

Meet the 2021 Good Neighbour Award Recipient!

Lenny Smart is a true advocate for his community! Through his commitment to working with the City of Saskatoon Councillors to improve accessibility and remove barriers in his community, he is changing the urban landscape of the city’s core!

Lenny is a good neighbour because a good neighbour is someone who looks out for others and Lenny has done that day-in, day-out here. You know, he’s not asking for things just for him. He’s asking for things that are going to improve and help the lives of others for years to come. So he’s leaving quite a legacy.

Vanessa Lizotte, Saskatoon, SK

I worked at a preschool here in Watrous. I would help out the preschool kids and all of a sudden I just realized I wanted to be with little kids…I just love it!

Megan Lannan – Watrous , SK

The Great Work Award

The Great Work Award recognizes a person who demonstrates a great work ethic and professional growth in their community.

Meet the 2021 Great Work Award Recipient

Megan Lannan, from Watrous, SK. Megan knew from an early age that she enjoyed working with small children, and she never lost sight of that goal, now working at an early learning daycare centre in Watrous. Through this opportunity, Megan has really shone as a valuable employee and is absolutely adored by the children she supports.  

The Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award recognizes a person who has an amazing skill or talent and who is eager to share this talent with their community.

Meet the 2021 Spotlight Award Recipient!

Kirston Lodoen, Regina, SK.  Kirston is a wonderfully talented artist who uses her art to express herself and bring joy to others.   Throughout her two years working with the group of people who support her, Kirston has had the opportunity to expand her artistic skills and create meaningful connections through her art with everyone around her. 

I just want my art to have an impact on people. Rather than it just being art.

Kirston Lodoen, Regina, SK

The Journey Award

The Journey Award recognizes a person whose personal journey has been extraordinary. This person has worked hard to achieve their goals or create positive changes in their life.

Meet the 2021 Journey Award Recipient

Khloe Nix, Prince Albert, SK. Khloe has worked to overcome adversity through much of her life.

Through her strength and commitment and the support of many people around her, Khole has charted a new course with immense possibilities for her, her family, and the people in her community. 

[Khloe] puts herself out of her comfort zone and pushes herself to move forward. And I think it shows in the progress she’s made in the past couple of years.

Karla Ethier, Prince Albert, SK

The Community Builder Award

The Community Builder Award recognizes an organization, business, group, or individual whose efforts have a profound impact on their community.

Meet the 2021 Community Builder Award Recipient!

Ross Revill, Saskatoon, SK. As a member of the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, Ross leaves a lasting connection with everyone he works with through his infectious energy and commitment to increasing the strength of community-based organizations. To Ross, building community is all about bringing people together to share and experience their gifts, talents, and interests, and Saskatoon is certainly better with him in it.   

He helps to build community by allowing and providing opportunity and choice for people, like the folks we serve at Elmwood. Everything he does, everything he says, helps to build those things.

Linda Boyko, Saskatoon, SK

[The workplace culture] allows everyone to feel valued, and respected

Denise Cook, Swift Current, SK

The Inclusive Advantage Award

The Inclusive Advantage Award recognizes an employer who is a leader in supported employment by employing people experiencing disability.

Meet the 2021 Inclusive Advantage Award Recipient!

Original Joe’s, Swift Current, SK. The management team at Original Joe’s has created a truly diverse and inclusive environment through their commitment to making every staff member feel like family. “Creating an inclusive workplace has provided our business with an economic advantage and I would recommend any business owner to consider hiring people experiencing disability,” said Tyler Wallin, General Manager of Original Joe’s Swift Current. 

The 2019 SARC Awards Recipients

In 2019, SARC travelled to five different communities to award the six SARC Awards to incredible individuals. The SARC Awards Banquet took place on October 30, 2019 at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon.

The 2019 SARC Awards Recipients are:

The Good Neighbour Award

Terry Saretsky, from Humboldt, SK, has spent his life committed to helping whoever needs help within his community. Terry volunteers as often and wherever he can and is loved by everyone in Humboldt.

The Great Work Award

Charity Jess, from Saskatoon, has been working at the Delta Bessborough in the heart of the city for over 20 years! Charity goes above and beyond to perform her duties and help out anyone else on the team whenever necessary.

The Spotlight Award

Catherine Berntson from Saskatoon, SK is an accomplished Opera and Choir singer who has travelled around the world, sharing her gift with many different people.

The Journey Award

Aaron Brubaker from Shaunavon, SK has had an incredible journey. By learning to appreciate the value of hard work and becoming a dependable and engaged friend and employee, Aaron has proven he can overcome life’s challenges.

The Community Builder Award

The group at Rongve, Gabruch, Schell and Weikle Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities has partnered with many organizations in the Battlefords to help nonprofit organizations in whatever way they need. Their work specifically with Battlefords Trade & Education Centre (BTEC) helped BTEC secure a brand new facility for their activity centre as well as a high-tech gaming system, BEAM.

The Inclusive Advantage Award

Juliana Pizza in Regina employs four people that are supported through Partners in Employment – Regina. The owners of Juliana Pizza treat all of their staff like family and won’t hesitate to make certain accommodations to help them out, if necessary.

The 2018 SARC Awards Recipients

In 2018, SARC introduced the SARC Awards to honour diversity, inclusion, and

community across the province.

The SARC Awards recipients were presented with their awards at the 2018 SARC Awards Banquet in Regina.

The Good Neighbour Award

Presented to Susan Lariviere in 2018

The Great Work Award

Presented to Nolan Paradis in 2018

The Spotlight Award

Presented to Kristen Bryce in 2018

The Journey Award

Presented to Tracy Hage in 2018

The Community Builder Award

Presented to Lloyd Griffith in 2018

The Inclusive Advantage Award

Presented to the Swift Current Broncos in 2018


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