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“Nominate a Star” Nominees from Broadway Across Canada

November 23rd, 2020 | By Lily Robinson

During this time of challenge and change, Broadway Across Canada was looking for local stars who’ve gone above and beyond for the community. These game-changers could be on the front lines, in healthcare, organizing community events, finding creative solutions to problems, teaching in social distance or leading the fight against inequality. We wanted to celebrate the stars who are helping our communities be safer, more inclusive and all together better for all of us – just like the arts!

Thank you to the wonderful members of the BAC community who nominated their friends, family, and coworkers for our Nominate a Star campaign! We reviewed the nominees and chose five winners, who will each receive four tickets to an upcoming show when Broadway returns to the BAC markets. All the nominations we received were inspiring and heartwarming, and we are thrilled to share our winners and other nominations.

 

Winners

  • Claire Pearen (Edmonton), nominated by Christina Geddes: Claire is one of the most selfless people I know. She is a rock star and advocate for the homeless in our city. With the coronavirus, our shelters have been inadequate. Claire, several times a week, will bring snacks, sandwiches and water to the area’s where the homeless now congregate. She fund raises, socializes with and advocates for them. Claire is not well off herself but works tirelessly to bring the necessities of live to those who not only don’t have food, but their homes, ie tents, are destroyed by the police if caught. She is the most caring and tireless, devoted person I know. Other than first responders, which I don’t personally know any, she is the most deserving of this recognition.

 

  • Donna Buxton (Vancouver), nominated by Andrea Duncan: Donna is an amazing woman who has been working with children forever. Although schools are closed here in Vancouver, she continues to go in to make lunches for families who can’t afford meals. Every day families line up and are handed a meal for the whole family to take home.

 

  • Karen Schafer (Surrey), nominated by Kelly Bowman: Karen is supper friendly and caring. She is the social director at Amenida Senior Community in Surrey, BC where my mom lives. She has always provided lots of fun activities for the residents. During this difficult time of COVID-19 the seniors have not been permitted to leave the grounds or have visitors. Karen has worked hard to find activities for the seniors to keep busy while social distancing. With stage 3, she has been able to bring in food trucks, music entertainment and even staff from the Vancouver Aquarium with an informative display. All of the staff have been great; Karen is our star though. She was even on video with Kelly Clarkson for her work with the residents to recreate portraits from the Getty’s book. The residents outfits and pictures were so good that they will be in the next Getty Book. You can find the pictures and interview on the Amenida Facebook page. My mom is one of them. Karen also keeps her busy with gardening and crafts. My mom is very happy there and thinks the world of Karen.

 

  • Katherine Ogilvie (Ottawa)
    • Nominated by Pamela Mosher: Katherine is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and runs a home daycare in our community. During COVID, she kept her daycare open, as it is unlicensed and considered by the province to be an essential service. She did this during the confusing and overwhelming early weeks of the pandemic, even when she was more unsure of exactly what the risk would be to her (as a person with asthma), and to older members of her household. She was supportive of our family when we chose to keep our daughter home for a month, and supportive of the families who continued to send their children each day. Because of Katherine, four families with two working parents each were able to continue working!
    • Nominated by Julie Rozon: Katherine’s daycare service was declared essential by the Government of Ontario, so she remained open throughout. In addition to taking amazing care of our daughter – which enabled us to work – she increased her health and safety protocols, creating additional hours of work for herself, for the safety of the children.
    • Nominated by Sylvia Wilkes: Katherine runs a home daycare and stayed open all throughout covid so that the parents of the children in her care could work. She trusted us all to stay safe and keep her family safe. That to me take courage and dedication to your job and a love for other families.

 

  • Marilyn Dib (Ottawa), nominated by Erika Rosenfeld: From the moment the lockdown started, the operations manager at Cedars & Co. food market (a tiny grocery store on Bank Street) decided to start offering free delivery to people in the neighbourhood who were under quarantine, as well as seniors who were unable to shop because of public health quarantine recommendations. You just have to send your order by email and she literally walks through the store collecting and packaging your items. You pay online and voila, the delivery is at your door. This struck me as a generous gesture by a small grocer. No wonder they have such a loyal clientele!

 

Nominations

  • Dr. Adam Neilson (Cochrane), nominated by Kevin Rundle: Dr. Neilson is a brilliant hard working family doctor. His patients are very lucky to have an extremely knowledgeable hard working doctor. Even though he was reduced to having appointments over the phone I feel that he saved my wife’s life. She started to have extreme breathing problems and he pulled out the stops to get her the appropriate diagnostic and treatments. So today she is doing much better.
  • Adele Cooshek (Vancouver), nominated by LeAnn Howe: Adele is my daughter’s Girl Guide (Rangers) leader and she (and Tammy Tromba) kept guiding going via Zoom during COVID, even having craft supplies delivered to our house. My daughter suffers from episodes of high anxiety and we have learned that one of her triggers was dealing with the unknown (i.e., COVID). I think that having the structure of weekly meetings prompted her to look for other activities to fill the rest of her week, like baking, sewing, painting her room, and social distancing picnics with friends. Out of the four of us in my family, I now think that Becca did the best in pivoting to our new reality and Rangers was a huge part of this.
  • Alex Turriff (Vancouver), nominated by Donna Logan: Alex works as a community worker with Vancouver’s most vulnerable populations in the DTES. Despite going through a recent loss, she has shown up and brought light to our clinic during these difficult times. She will often sing showtunes with coworkers and goes above and beyond to support clients.
  • Alicia Robblee (Ottawa), nominated by Donna Logan: ICU nurse at the Ottawa hospital. I can’t imagine the stress she is under. In order to keep her husband and kids safe, she is not able to greet them at the door upon arriving home. It’s most difficult for the youngest who is two-years-old.
  • Annette Valerio (Calgary), nominated by Shaunan Ellus: Annette is a teacher in our local Remand centre who is committed to each individual student she has without judgement in assisting them in achieving the knowledge required to continue their education. She provides imaginative and individualized care plans in a very restrictive and censored setting. All the while her own safety at risk.
  • Ashley Kenny (Calgary), nominated by Ouida Antle: Ashley is a nurse educator at Foothills Medical Centre, supporting and educating nursing and staff on the hospital’s COVID unit. She consistently sets an example to everyone with her commitment to the profession and to patients, and she serves to better the profession every day with grace and humility.
  • Brent Havelange (Russell), nominated by Veronica Havelange: My husband owns a pharmacy and has gone to work 6 and/or 7 days a week since the pandemic hit. He has successfully stocked the store with face-masks and sanitation supplies for the safety of our town. He works tirelessly to keep our community and his staff safe. He is a great educator on the virus, and other health concerns we all face. He takes after hours calls for concerned local folks, and runs to the store in off hours whenever anyone needs something. He has calmed the fears of many during this difficult time, even coming home to calm me and our kids when the fears of the COVID-19 crisis hit us. He is a true hero, who I believe should be commended!! We all look up to him, and he is so humble!! I, my kids, and our community are so lucky to have him!! He never asks for thanks, or recognition, but he certainly deserves it!!
  • Brian Mace (Ottawa), nominated by Jess Mace: My dad went above and beyond in his job when the pandemic began. He went into an empty office for weeks to ensure everything kept running. He’s 70, and still felt such a duty to fulfill his job and make sure everyone was still getting paid. I must say, he’s also my dad and spent weeks helping me move, and with all the repairs. While in a pandemic that eventually cost him his job. He’s always been my hero, but I also think he showed great dedication to his own community.
  • Carlina Schmidt (Calgary), nominated by Dean Debienne: She and her husband got married just prior to lockdown. They had to cancel their honeymoon. She, during pandemic, completed her Masters in Nursing and defended her thesis via Zoom and graduated. She works frontline at the the Sheldon Chumir Hospital often 7 days a week for 12-hour shifts. She never loses her positive attitude and deserves an amazing night out at a show!
  • Carol Hughes (Ottawa), nominated by Kevin DiFiore: Carol Hughes is a teacher in Ottawa that consistently goes above and beyond for her students. During the pandemic shutdown she went out of her way to visit students for birthdays and when they were feeling down to cheer them up.
  • Celeste Nicholson (Edmonton), nominated by Gord Sieben: Celeste has totally changed her business model even enlisting her teenagers to do no charge home deliveries for people.
  • Charlotte Cattell (Toronto), nominated by Brian Day: Charlotte is an intake administrator at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital who has been working far too many overtime shifts To find a good life balance. She is also an actor and stand-up comic who is also trying to get into voiceovers and loves theater, she deserves this break.
  • Chelsea Stewart (Strathmore), nominated by Helen Stewart: Chelsea is a young mother of three. She had her first of three children when she was still in high school. She was able to complete high school, complete her nursing degree at Mount Royal University, making the President’s List. All of this happened while she cared for her first child, met and married her husband, with whom she has had two more children. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, she courageously began her career as a nurse. She is compassionate, courageous and empathetic. She makes a difference in the lives of the patients she serves. Working on the COVID unit and other units when and where her skills are required. She is a very deserving front line worker.
  • Cheryl Mattinson (Calgary), nominated by Jason Mattinson: I have witnessed Cheryl working day and night organizing how to keep the kids safe at her elementary school, on top of that she is currently finishing her masters while working with administration to help make the safest decisions during COVID. She also organized her gymnastics kids to do a routine outside of a seniors home on the grass, with an individually written “we are thinking of you during COVID” card for each of the 102 Residents. She is truly an amazing teacher, gymnastics coach, and human being. She also volunteers for a cultural club called the GOAN association of Calgary, donates blood, and much more!
  • Chrystal Fright (Calgary), nominated by David Brown: Chrystal is the receptionist at a seniors’ manor. There are about 170 residents with various aging or health problems. Chrystal is the one person that everyone goes to if their TV isn’t working, can’t get into their parking spot, need the attention of a nurse, phone problems, or anything else for that matter!
  • Colleen Newby (Edmonton), nominated by Tracy Augustin: She works as a nurse working with critical patients who are waiting for organ transplants. In the beginning of COVID-19 she didn’t even have full PPE and continued to work with these high-needs patients and continues to see and help them for the rest of their life and helps follow up on numerous issues and concerns for their patient care. She has two boys and on top of being a hockey mom she devotes time to helping her elderly parents and friends. Please consider her as a very worthwhile nominee. She do deserves this!!!
  • Colleen O’Brien (Calgary), nominated by Hal Tuck: My wife is a nurse… of vintage age…62..lol, who has been working full time through this pandemic. She works extra shifts to cover colleges sick with COVID and lots of overtime. She is my hero.
  • Corrina Hyndman (Beaumont), nominated by Lance Hyndman: My spouse, Corrina, has been working as an RN at our local hospital throughout the COVID situation. While others are hunkering down at home, she is taking care of our most vulnerable – premature babies.
  • Czar Briones (Edmonton), nominated by Katrina Kunkle: Czar is an Occupational Therapist at a COVID outbreak hospital. As her coworker, I see her work tirelessly to rehabilitate her patients and create resources and educational materials for families as no visitors are allowed. She uses her lunch breaks to run socially distanced Zumba sessions for staff.
  • Daphne Stevenson (Calgary), nominated by Christy Labreche: Daphne is a huge Broadway fan; she is a Paramedic and has been working extra hard since March to make sure that everyone is looked after and taken care of. She never takes care of herself and 100 deserves this.
  • Dawn Martin (Ottawa), nominated by Chris Wilkinson: She is an ER nurse at the QCH. Recently I was there for some medical issues and she was my ER nurse. She could not be more professional, compassionate, and understanding. She answered a call from my daughter and took the time to explain what was going on and to assure her everything was being done EVEN though she was overwhelmed with her other patients and duties. She even called my daughter to let her know I was discharged and on my way home. Dawn deserves to have a night of entertainment and relaxation. It’s for this reason I would like to nominate Dawn.
  • Derrick Turi (Surrey), nominated by Sophia Myong: He’s a high school music teacher going above and beyond to help his students during this pandemic.
  • Diane McCaskill (Abbostford), nominated by Shirley Brooks: My cousin Diane works in a COVID-19 designated treatment hospital in food services. She’s a grandmother setting an example of care and compassion for all to see and she’s a huge Broadway fan who would love these tickets!
  • Doug Horner (Trenton), nominated by Judy Burrows: Doug has been retired for several years; he is an amazing builder of just about everything. Doug has made literally hundreds of bird houses for the neighbourhood children, senior residence, and anyone who wants one to paint and hang. He donates every thing for free. He has brought much joy to many in these difficult times!!
  • Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson (Ottawa), nominated by Barbara Martin: Elizabeth, an inclusive, community-engaged dance artist, volunteered her time to continue working with her dancers with Down Syndrome virtually when the pandemic closed the Propeller Dance studio. She also created workshops for Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre and produced a moving virtual-live performance of local dancers/musicians depicting the COVID-19 lockdown experience.
  • Eric LeFort (Edmonton), nominated by Barbara LeFort: Eric is a 20-year-old student who was promoted to manager of the liquor store where he has worked full time or more throughout all of COVID and still works now. His student friends left their jobs to stay home and collect money from the government. Fine wine, beer, and spirits help healthy people celebrate life at home. Sadly, many other people struggling with addiction need alcohol every day. A sudden closing of liquor stores would have burdened the strained healthcare system with addicts in crisis. Eric donned a mask every day and maintained safety protocols to protect his staff of essential workers and the public who rely on him. Well done!
  • Eve-Ann Lilycrop (Ancaster, Hamilton), nominated by Carol Levine: Well, as a nurse she never once cancelled work because of COVID and continued her 12-hour shifts while looking after two boys at home with their schooling.
  • Frances Tester (Nanaimo), nominated by Bernice Urbaniak: As President of the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club, Frances worked tireless to establish COVID-19 guidelines for opening the green and clubhouse enabling many senior members of the club to enjoy outside activity and fellowship, keeping the safety of participants as a top priority.
  • Fresh Prep Company (Vancouver), nominated by Steven Maduro: Have been devising and putting together a week’s worth of delicious easy to make meals and delivered to my door in a timely manner. Are always courteous and quick to respond to and rectify errors.
  • Hasna Karmy-Jones (Edmonton), nominated by Jennifer Lam: Between working as a palliative care nurse and caring for her elderly mother plus her own children, Hasna has found a way to maintain compassion and kindness in this scary world. She is a bright spot to everyone’s day and deserves the best!
  • Holly Mok (Vancouver), nominated by Warren Mui: Holly has been working tirelessly throughout the entire pandemic. She’s an avid fan of musicals and it’s been tough to see all the shows she’s purchased tickets for get cancelled. She’s been doing her absolute best to serve the community she lives in and she’s been doing her best to keep distance from all friends and family. I can tell this has taken an emotional toll on her and I’d like this opportunity to bring a smile to her face during these tough times.
  • Dr. Huma Ali (Calgary), nominated by Samina Ali: Huma is a frontline emergency doctor who has been diagnosing and treating people with COVID since March. At the same time, she is organizing wellness and supports for other frontline providers in her community and beyond. She is so giving and caring. She is a hero.
  • Dr. James Pinilla (Calgary), nominated by Shirlene McGovern: I’m nominating Dr. James Pinilla because he continued to hold clinics for cancer patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre throughout this pandemic, making sure that some of the most vulnerable people in the population – those fighting cancer and therefore extremely immunocompromised – were taken care of.
  • Janene Hoetmer (Edmonton), nominated by Colleen Jackson: My wonderful daughter, Janene Hoetmer, an inspiration, a hero, a hard working nurse at the Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton. She’s an awesome Mom to 3-year-old and 2-month-old sons. Her husband is an Edmonton Firefighter, so they are both busy frontline shift workers in this challenging time.
  • Jas Wong (Victoria), nominated by Cabio Tse: Jas is a hardworking grocery employee who extends her kindness and optimism to every customer she meets. She also works on singing Broadway songs, playing instruments, and rollerskating every day. She will do anything to make customers, coworkers, and people around her smile or laugh, even during a stressful pandemic.
  • Jason Basaraba (Calgary), nominated by Shawn Basaraba: Supervisor at Calgary Coop Rockyridge. Hasn’t taken a day off and keeps himself and others safe.
  • Jessica McDonald (Port Coquitlam), nominated by Brenda McDonald: Jessica works in retail. In her position she is in contact with the public everyday and even though we are in a pandemic, she always puts the needs of those customers first. Whether it be on the sales floor or taking a grocery order out to a customer’s car, she always has a smile on her face and makes sure that the customer is well taken care of. There have been customers come back to the store and ask for Jessica to assist them with their purchases. Jessica works hard to ensure her staff and customers have what they need, when they need it.
  • Dr. Joanne Salmon-Hofmann (Calgary), nominated by Heather Alvarez: Joanne is an infectious disease doctor, specializing in public health. During the peak of the pandemic, she was the only doctor in Calgary who was working in the tuberculosis (TB) clinic making other doctors available to work on pandemic measures. She always works crazy hours but during that time it was over 80 hours a week ensuring that the TB patients still had the care they needed.
  • Dr. John Poon (Victoria), nominated by Susan Price:  Instead of delaying appointments, Dr Poon has been working 7 days a week and until 8:00 p.m. in order to make sure all his patients are taken care of and referred to the specialists that can see them on the earliest possible dates.
  • Joyce Mooney (Red Deer), nominated by Jody Conn: Joyce, a caregiver for my Mom in her extendicare, is a shining example of the good in this mixed up world. She treats Mom, who has Alzheimer’s with dignity and a sense of humor that always puts a smile on Mom’s face, even when she is “lost” and frightened.
  • Julie Kivi (Calgary), nominated by Sandra Kivi: Julie owns a small floral business. She signed up to provide free bouquets of fresh flowers to some folks experiencing hard times during COVID-19. Very thoughtful individual bringing free joy to people in need in this difficult trying time.
  • Kadie Grusie (Edmonton), nominated by Christopher Fung: Nurse Kadie is one of the rising stars in our department. She always goes above and beyond for every patient and this has only been accentuated throughout the COVID pandemic. Her cheery disposition and wonderful patient care have helped our department ride through continued new and unprecedented challenges.
  • Karlee Squires (Leduc), nominated by Cindy Squires: Karlee is a Superstar because she shines, brings joy and smiles brighter than her mask as she welcomes shoppers into Costco. She is always there, greeting customers with kindness as she encourages them to be safe, wear a mask and sanitize their hands to think of others, including her coworkers. She is a delight and the repeat customers look forward to her friendly hello. She is awesome at making people feel at ease and calm especially when lines are long and customers must wait patiently to enter, pay or exit. She has worked steadily throughout the pandemic and definitely deserves a break. Seeing a Broadway show would make her so happy and give her a bigger reason to spread her joy and smile.
  • Kathleen Potter (Vancouver), nominated by Stacey Zorn: Kathleen is a social worker in a hospital and goes above and beyond for everyone she comes into contact with. She’s one of the most caring people I know.
  • Kaywanna Malcolm (Ottawa), nominated by Marsha Creary: Kaywana is a mother of two. She is 100¯fighter. During the birth of her youngest she went into cardiac arrest and was on life support. She fought through that and after being diagnosed with MS continues to fight for her friends, family, and patients she helps as a nurse. Throughout the pandemic she could have stayed home (high-risk) but as a dedicated RN went in day-in and day-out day looked after her young kids in the process. She is my star!
  • Kelbey Belliveau (Burnaby), nominated by Maureen Belliveau: My son Kelbey works at Whole Foods. While he does not save lives on a daily basis, he does keep the shelves stocked so people can have food in their homes. He is a thoughtful and hard-working young man.
  • Kelsey Brooks (Edmonton), nominated by Deanna Brooks: Kelsey has worked in a frontline capacity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at a major Edmonton hospital. She was transferred from her previous unit, which closed during COVID, to the emergency unit to assist with screening and patient care. Kelsey took the new training and responsibility in stride and worked hard to ensure the safety of patients and their families.
  • Kelsey Ferrill (Calgary), nominated by Allynne Chuong: I would like to nominate my friend Kelsey because she is spreading the word what Moebius is as she lives with it everyday. It’s not easy to live with a disability, especially when everyone stops and stares at you strangely. Learning from her, helps me learn one aspect of what it’s like to maybe live with one on a daily basis.
  • Kevin Tobias (Thorhild), nominated by Lori Tobias: Kevin is my stepson who took weekends this summer to make my summer so much better … we bought an acreage and it needs constant maintenance and upkeep for its to retire there in 10-12 years… he has planted 400+ trees with me and mowed six acres over and over and just been there when we needed anything bring his kids over when he had them so they could ride our quads and enjoy the great outdoors during this hard time making life better for all of us
  • Laurie Gruber (Campbell River), nominated by Kim Patrick: Laurie works at the Campbell River Hospital. My father was admitted on February 28 pre-COVID due to his dementia. This was a very difficult time for the family and Laurie was always there will a smile. March 20 came and because hospitals were shut down with no visitors allowed, this was a very trying and difficult time as my father did not understand the severity of this situation. Laurie was there to help calm him and pass on messages as there was a time that we could not even use the phones to speak with him. This is not the first family member that has been hospitalized due to dementia as our mother was admitted two years prior and Laurie was always a bright light and had a caring heart when we were having difficult times in seeing our parents digress. She is a very special care giver and Campbell River Hospital is very fortunate to have someone of her caliber caring for patients, and interacting with her knowledge to their loved ones. She deserves a night out on the town with Broadway Across Canada
  • Leanne Chow (Vancouver), nominated by Tania Vuletin: She is part of a group of teachers who would drive to Surrey to pick up students this summer and take them on various walks, hikes, kayaking, paddle boarding, and water fights to ensure they were able to have fun experiences as many of the parents were unable to do these things with them.
  • Leanne Peterkin (Ottawa), nominated by Amanda Graham: Leanne is a residential worker at a transitional home for women called JF Norwood House (The Elizabeth Fry Society). The house is for women who are moving from jail/prison into the community and need assistance making the change. She works to support each woman who comes into the shelter and keep them safe. Not only is her job emotionally and psychologically difficult, it became even more so during COVID-19. Leanne became one of the frontline workers who put her health on the line to maintain services at the shelter. She managed a house of clients under quarantine isolation for many months and maintained her sense of humour and kindness.
  • Leeanne Crisante (Ottawa), nominated by Patricia Crisante: She is the most amazing person I have ever come in contact with she puts everyone before herself and has done wonderful things threw covid she is amazing please pick her.
  • Dr. Leo Ehlers (Stony Plain), nominated by David Kerr: My family doctor is the best. He has helped me through this pandemic by being available and giving me the council that I have needed as he always does and more.
  • Lina Trepanier (Ottawa), nominated by Ken Amesbury:  Made Protective Equipment Gowns for L’Arche (A Disability Protection Charitable Organization) through the Epiphany Church Creative Connections Group.
  • Lisa Bond (North Vancouver), nominated by Andrea Giustino: Mrs. Bond is a Principal at our elementary school and she’s extraordinary!! One year ago she took on the role of new principal and led the school through many ups and downs and filling the shoes of the principal who started the school. She had a 10 year school review and the shut down of all schools with the virus. Through it all she had a smile on her face and can do attitude. She’s a star!
  • Lisa Olding (Port Coquitlam), nominated by Elena Nast: Lisa is an amazing PE teacher under normal circumstances but when classes at our elementary and middle school had to move online in the spring, Lisa got creative and inspired kids to keep moving even while “stuck” at home. She provided lots of choice and fun activities kids could do on their own or with their family. Lisa inspired our whole staff to look for creative and fun ways to keep the learning happening!
  • Lynne Jenkinson (Camrose County), nominated by Suellen Freadrich: Lynne Jenkinson runs the local Flagstaff Family and Community Services agency and the charity associated with it. During this pandemic, she worked extra hard to get money into the community of 8,440 people to help those adversely affected. She managed to receive $106,000 in grants to help so many other people through food and fuel coupons, food security, employment, and transportation to larger centres for medical appointments. Without her hard work many people in the community would have been struggling more, she is a true community hero.
  • Margaret Lee (Ottawa), nominated by Jeannine Beauregard: Margaret is a pharmacist. She tirelessly drives between Ottawa and Cornwall, ON to take care of this community as well as serving a retirement residence’s pharma needs in Kemptville, ON. She’s a true health care hero to two communities!
  • Marjorie Mclean (Edmonton), nominated by Emily Duncan: Marjorie has made so many face masks for hospital workers, restaurants, and community people to help with face protection! Her efforts have been free and different colours and fabric are so cute ! She’s my hero and many others too!
  • Mary Ramos (Edmonton), nominated by Luisa Ramos: My sister, Mary, is a local star because she works out of town at a hospital. She does all she can to help her community and spend time with her family when she can. Thanks for coming home to us as much as you can!
  • Melinda Black (Carleton Place), nominated by Carol Bemi: Mrs. Black is an RN. She has 45+ years in maternity nursing. She worked tirelessly through SARS, H1N1 and now COVID-19. She is a mom of two daughters and a caregiver to two grand daughters. She looks after our family of five and we depend on her for health and well being. Because of her we are all still alive! Three of us have serious medical illnesses
  • Melissa Reinhart (Calgary), nominated by Claire Gibson: Melissa is a labour and delivery nurse who has worked through out COVID putting herself in jeopardy. The babies keep coming. She is a very positive and comforting capable nurse who deserves a treat.
  • Mirna Nahas (Calgary), nominated by Petra Mace: Mirna is a frontline worker at an urgent care centre and the most selfless person I know. She is dedicated to helping others above herself and she is always joyous and positive! We can’t imagine life without her!
  • Monika Oliver (Edmonton), nominated by Alex Wood: Monika is a local doctor who has sacrificed more than any person I know has sacrificed this year for the safety of her patients during this difficult time.
  • Natalie Zuberbeuhler (Edmonton), nominated by Elaine Buma: Mom of two wonderful young boys, she is also a grade 1 teacher who is most loved by her students. She is very smart and conscientious about the school year and is willing to face those challenges with care and a smile. We know she will do the best she can. And this is while she suffers from severe asthma and her husband is a high school teacher himself!
  • Noah Lavender (Calgary), nominated by Cindy Lavender: Noah is a hard working young adult who works for Coca-Cola as a merchandiser. He is one of the many essential workers who stocked inventory in grocery stores, so that many of us could have our “comfort” treats. It is the little things, that make us all feel like there is some sense of normalcy through this on going pandemic. Thank you!
  • Patty Bangsund (Okotoks), nominated by Kimberly Winter: I am nominating a nurse of 45 years who has given her all during this COVID crisis especially, but her whole life has been dedicated to healthcare of others. Patty lives with her husband in a condo in Okotoks but for four months she had to live alone. She did this to make sure her family would not get COVID. Her 7-year-old granddaughter in particular named Macey. Macey had fought cancer and is so little that she didn’t want her especially to catch any germs from work, so Patty’s husband moved in with a Macey’s family for extra support and protection. Patty dedicates herself time her patients and works extremely hard giving home care. She never complains. She has a smile on her face even when she is tired and worn out. So please pick Patty. She deserves a retreat and Broadway shows would be perfect. Thanks so much.
  • Rah Bhardwaj (Calgary), nominated by Lindsay Thomas: Dr. Raj has been a calm voice of reason, hope, and clarity in the midst of this pandemic. He has advocated tirelessly for the safety of Calgarians all while continuing to provide urgent care to those in need of it. City council consulted with him as they wrestled with the notion of making masks mandatory – his direct influence has helped protect Calgarians.
  • Rebecca Lindsay (Calgary), nominated by Linda Lindsay: Rebecca is a third-year medical student at U of C. When she was pulled out of her hospital rotation for COVID, she went right into COVID tracing as a volunteer. She helped to set up the office in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. She volunteered 12 hour+ days for months. She trained many volunteers and contacted hundreds of people delivering the news that they had COVID. Rebecca starred in many community theatre and school musicals when she was growing up and loves Broadway. She would be honored to receive the tickets.
  • Richard Tasker (Ottawa), nominated by Frank Martin: Custodian for large condominium apartment building in Ottawa. Assisted many residences during isolation\stay at home periods during the pandemic.
  • Robyn Strain (St. Albert), nominated by Teresa Lindermulder: Robyn is a respiratory therapist who works at the University of Alberta Hospital. She puts her patients first.
  • Ronali Prokopowich (Sherwood Park), nominated by Karen Prokopowich: Ronali is a vice principal of a 900 student K-9 school. She has spent her summer, not holidaying, but trying to get the school safe for her students. They have created sick rooms out of bathrooms, made videos to show the students how to distance and stay safe. She has meet with her teachers to help ease their stress. She is a great educator!
  • Sandra McDonough (Maple Ridge), nominated by Audrey Sprott: Sandra is a housekeeper in Maple Ridge Hospital ER. She has worked tirelessly through the pandemic. I bought her tickets to Wicked for her birthday. She is a huge Wicked fan! Unfortunately due to the pandemic it was canceled. She really deserves some recognition!
  • Sarah Cybulski (Ottawa), nominated by Tara Lockhart: She is a nurse, has a young child at home, but she still volunteered to work at a COVID clinic in our city during the busiest months. She’s now working all night shifts as she doesn’t have daycare for her little one. All of this while being pregnant with her second child. Post-COVID she will need a night out!!
  • Dr. Sharf Khan (White Rock), nominated by Bruce Fairweather: Dr. Khan is one of our invaluable heroes who has been working so hard during this COVID pandemic. He has put in many, many hours at the local COVID clinic. A very worthy candidate. Thank you, Dr. Khan.
  • Sharyn Hewitt (Edmonton), nominated by Ameeta Singh: Sharyn is a Registered Nurse who, for the last thirty years, has put her heart and soul into providing care for our most marginalized persons. She has been nurse, friend, [and] advocate for everyone who walks through our door, often filling out forms to access more food or housing and making arrangements to get people to their healthcare visits and for other social supports.
  • Stacey Green (Hinton), nominated by Trent Green: My wife is an operating room nurse and she was on the front lines when COVID hit our town. She organized the hospital screening desk, trained the screeners and worked the screening desk as well. She helped organize a COVID ICU and COVID and ER isolation rooms and scrub in the OR on possible COVID patients. She was scared, but went to work every day even though she has a young daughter and was scared to bring it home to us and feared for her life. She is an amazing nurse!
  • Stepanka Krasova (Jasper), nominated by Margaret Munn: Stepanka is a rockstar! She is a nurse who, as part of her very important job, looks after my 83-year-old mom who has Alzheimer’s and lives in a Continuing Care home here in Jasper. Plus, Stepanka is a single mom who is raising four awesome kids! She truly deserves all the love and adulation I can give her!
  • Stephanie Woldanski (Edmonton), nominated by Laurie Woldanski: Stephanie volunteered to test for COVID at the beginning of the pandemic and when they need extra help. She also is a health unit nurse and a labor and delivery nurse. She is such a hard worker.
  • Stephen Gabell (Kemptville), nominated by Louise Gabell: My husband has worked all the way through the pandemic as a pharmacist. He looked after me from March to June as I was pregnant. Our daughter was born June 16, and he has been awesome taking care of us both and still working full time! We are also about to move house and he has organised it all!
  • Steve Thompson (Langley), nominated by Haleh Magnus: Mr.Thompson known as Mr. T is both my daughters’ school music teacher. He has been teaching them since Grade 6, and now one of my daughters is in UBC, and the other is in Grade 8. During these years he went beyond his teacher’s duty to fulfill kids’ life by music. He always direct school musicals, which honestly, the quality of these musicals is so good that you don’t even think it’s just a high school musical. He does lots of Jazz band concert outside the school and also make sure kids participate in all the music Festival. He doesn’t only teach; he creates a community of musicians and artists. Lots of his students didn’t even know they have the talent of being in any aspect of music, but he discovers them, and now they all participate in different small musicals in town, bands and orchestras. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he arranges with his jazz combo kids, which my daughter was one of them, to go to all local seniors home and perform music for seniours in front of the centers. I see seniors cry and were so happy to see these musicians. His jazz combo was combination of the school principal, a few past students they have graduate plus his current students. In every school, music shows there are always lots of alumni. They all come because he cares more than a teacher and goes beyond his way to bring up the artistic side of each kid so they can go out and share in the community! Mr.T is indeed well deserved to win this award! Thank you, Broadway, Across Canada, for the opportunity!
  • Summer Graveley (Cornwall), nominated by Shelley Graveley: I nominate my 24-year-old daughter. Although her 40 hour/week minimum wage job as a pharmacy assistant paid less than what her friends were making on CERB and less per hour [than] what her 18-year-old sister was making working at a local grocery store, she chose to go to work every day because she knew it would be impossible for her employer to hire and train someone new without affecting the service and care to their clients. I’m proud of her sense of responsibility!
  • Tamara Nunes (Okanagan Falls), nominated by Mike Lucich: Tamara teaches some of her Grade 1 students in class and others online. Those she sees in person are met with positivity, fun experiences, and caring safety protocols. Tamara works especially hard to reach her Zoom students by sending home weekly packages and being available well beyond school hours.
  • Tanya Juneau (Edmonton), nominated by Heather Harder: Tanya is my dialysis nurse and is a single mom working extra shifts, like so many healthcare workers. She always smiles even when you know she is overwhelmed and holding back tears. I’d like to see her have a beautiful night out.
  • Veronica “Vennie” Merluza (Vancouver), nominated by Owen Lock: Veronica (Vennie) is a dedicated caregiver at Holy Family Hospital & Residence which had a COVID-19 outbreak and sadly many deaths. Vennie has been working and helping the patients and residents throughout this terrible pandemic. Her commitment and care to her essential job has set an amazing example to her family and colleagues. We are all so proud of her.
  • Veronieke Buntin (Oshawa), nominated by Barbara Omolewa: A nurse by profession and really cool sister by birth. An exemplary human being who puts people in front of self even while earning a Masters Degree which she successfully completed and obtained during the pandemic.
  • Yves Carriere (Bourget), nominated by Julie Pilon: I would like to nominate my husband, Yves. On top of being an accountant. he is also a volunteer firefighter. Being a first responder is not always an easy job, and COVID has certainly added to the level of stress. Every call where the person had a cough or fever was pronounced COVID positive as a precaution measure. Regardless of the incoming call, he was just there to help the person in need. He is also a very good Dad. As a school project for our daughter he also help her with community project. They developed together a video, that was shared through a few schools in different villages around our community, to help children in case there is a fire in their house. The video is a step by step of what and what not to do in case of a fire. It also explained the importance of developing an escape plan. I do feel that for all his role and implication in our community he is a star.