Celebrate Success Awards Banquet 2015
03 Nov 2015
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By: Sydney Smith


The evening portion of SARC’s annual Fall Conference is always an exciting event. The Celebrate Success banquet recognizes the recipients of our annual Employer of Excellence, Volunteer of Distinction and Al McGuire Awards. This year, we also had a new addition to our program; recognizing the first graduating class of SARC’s Leadership Excellence Advancement Program.


The banquet was attended by the Minister of Social Services, the Honourable Donna Harpauer.  She posed for photos with the award winners, and brought greetings on behalf of the province. This year’s LEAP graduates were recognized by being presented with their graduation certificates by Amy McNeil, SARC’s Executive Director.










After, we enjoyed the presentation of the Employer of Excellence award. This year’s recipient, Meadow Lake Extra Foods, is an incredible example of just how important it is to hire people of all abilities in the workforce. The employees who work at Extra Foods are all part of one big team, no matter what their abilities are. Extra Foods works with people experiencing disability and provides employment opportunities that focus on the strengths and talents of each individual.


The Volunteer of Distinction was presented to Mary Neufeld who volunteers at the Wood N’ Needle shop in Waldheim, providing the expertise of a seamstress and the comfort of a friend. Everyone who works with Mary at the Wood N’ Needle enjoys her presence thoroughly.










The Al McGuire Awards for 2015 were presented to deserving recipients in Saskatoon and Regina. In Regina, Patrick Flaman was the recipient of the Transition to Employment award for his employment at SaskTel. Patrick is an important part of the service department at SaskTel, and we were happy to be able to recognize his contributions.


This year, three award recipients came from Saskatoon: Sherri Lumbis, Jennifer Wiebe and Noah Gmeinweser.  Sherri and Jeninifer both work at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council – Saskatoon branch in the sewing department.  Jennifer was recognized for her volunteerism at St. Anne’s Seniors Village in Saskatoon.  Sherri was recognized for her continued demonstration of independence in her living situation.  Sherri and her husband Dale have been living independently for over 20 years.










Noah was the recipient of the Lifeskills Enhancement award. Through working with community supports such as Elmwood Residences and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Noah has gained a tremendous amount of independence and is now a productive member in his community.










It is incredible to see each of the award winners with their families, and to watch the videos on each recipient and hear the positive messages from the people that they work with.  It is difficult to leave the banquet without having had a few laughs and maybe even a few tears, in celebration of the major accomplishments of all of the recipients.  


To view videos of each of this year’s award winners, visit the Celebrate Success page.


Congratulations to all award winners!

To learn more, please look at the following news releases:

Employer of Excellence 2015 News Release

Volunteer of Distinction 2015 News Release

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