At the September 2014 Awards Evening, this special award was presented for outstanding volunteerism.
Donna has ably Chaired the Garden Tour for the past three years, taking this important EHS event it to a new level of prestige that attracted media attention and sold out crowds. Donna was successful in recruiting some of Edmonton’s most attractive gardens for the tour three years running, managing a record number of enthusiastic volunteer gatekeepers, increasing the profile of the tour and the EHS through promotional activities and partnerships with the gardening/business community and local media, and raising more funds that ever before.
Always a warm and enthusiastic EHS ambassador, Donna organized a volunteer appreciation event for EHS volunteers in 2013 and is involved annually in the Edmonton Communities in Bloom program, including emceeing the Edmonton in Bloom Awards event each August.
Donna’s professional expertise in the filed of design has led to the creation of a spectacular, award-winning home garden that she and partner, Brian Heidecker tend with care and share frequently with guests. Donna has also lent her design and management skills this year to the renovation of the EHS office.
While the EHS is fortunate to have a number of talented and committed volunteers, we are pleased to recognize accomplishments above and beyond expectation in presenting Donna with a Volunteer of the Year award.
Donna received a special plaque, a $20 gift card for Flowers on 50th, as well as a Volunteer of the Year certificate.