The Deeds Well Done Results Are In
Jan 17, 2018
Here's to another year of Deeds Well Done!
The communities in which we operate are very special to us so every year we like to recognize the amazing local charities and individuals that go above and beyond. Since we've started the Deeds Well Done campaign 5 years ago, we've donated $60,000 to charities in our local communities and we're very proud to keep this tradition going.
This year we asked guests to nominate a charity in their local community that consistently goes above and beyond, and we received over 1,300 entries across Canada. The winning charities win a $500 donation from MR MIKES and we've had some heartwarming stories submitted this year. Without further ado…here are the winning charities:
Airdrie, AB – Tails To Tell Animal Rescue
Tails To Tell Animal Rescue is a volunteer-run animal shelter from which many have adopted their pets in the community.
Bonnyville, AB – Bonnyville Health Foundation
Vic Sladowski received countless nominations for his contributions to the Bonnyville Health Foundation, especially the annual gala they put on to raise money to buy medical equipment.
Camrose, AB – Camrose Women's Shelter
The Camrose Women's Shelter helps women and children escape abusive situations and provides them a safe place to stay.
Chilliwack, BC – Starfish Pack Program provided by: Chilliwack Community Services
The Starfish Pack Program provides food for the weekend for elementary school children that are in need. This program ensures that underprivileged children are fed over the weekend and was nominated by many teachers.
Cochrane, AB – Cochrane and Area Humane Society
The Cochrane and Area Humane Society was nominated by volunteers and local families for their efforts to rescue animals and find them a forever home.
Coquitlam, BC – Citadel Canine Society
Citadel Canine trains companion dogs, and PTSD service dogs for new military veterans and first responders (Police, Fire, EMT, Nursing & 9-1- 1 personnel) as a therapeutic means.
Cranbrook, BC – Bellies to Babies Program provided by: Community Connections Society of Southeast BC
The Bellies to Babies program helps expecting mothers and provides them with everything they need during their pregnancy, ranging from pre-natal classes to vitamins.
Dauphin, MB – Parkland Humane Society
Many nominated this shelter for the amazing work they do in the community, rescuing animals and finding them a safe, loving home.
Dawson Creek, BC – Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation
The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation raises funds for crucial patient care equipment and was nominated for saving one of our guests' son.
Drayton Valley, AB – Drayton Valley Health Care Auxiliary Association
The volunteers at this auxiliary association are devoted and were mentioned for their dedication to raise funds for new equipment for the local hospital.
Duncan, BC – Clements Centre Society
Nominated for their outstanding program that helps enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families.
Edmonton, AB – Calican Rescue Foundation
The Calican Rescue Foundation helped many in the community adopt rescue animals and have been nominated for their outstanding adoption process.
Estevan, SK – Estevan Family Resource Centre
This resource centre was nominated by parents who have received help raising their children. It's a central family-focused facility which links families to existing programming and offers.
Fort St John, BC – Fort St John Women's Resource Society
The Fort St John Women's Resource Centre was nominated by local women for their commitment to supplying food, clothing, housing, psychiatric support and much more to the local women who are in need.
Grande Prairie, AB – Odyssey House
The Odyssey House is a Women's Shelter that provides a safe place to stay for mothers and their children that are victims of domestic violence.
Hinton, AB – Hinton Food Bank Association
The Hinton Food Bank was nominated by locals who have used their services in times of need. The Food Bank also helps send children to school with lunches and nutritious meals at home.
Kamloops, BC – People in Motion
People in Motion provides programs and services to people with disabilities to ensure accessibility and inclusiveness in the community. Kari Rubel was also mentioned as one of the superstars of the organization who always goes above and beyond.
Kitimat, BC – Kitimat Food Share
The Kitimat Food Share is a food recovery program that collects perishable food from local grocery stores that would otherwise be disposed of and redistributes it to those in need.
Langford, BC – C Fax Santas Anonymous Society
This charity was nominated by countless families who received help along with its dedicated volunteers for supporting families during Christmas. At Christmas over 1800 families and approx. 3500 children receive 2 gifts and many stocking stuffers, a food hamper and a gift card to purchase a turkey or other perishables.
Langley, BC – Canadian Cancer Society
The Cancer Society is committed to enhancing the quality of life for those living with the disease and was nominated by a guest whose family had a great experience with the organization when a family member was battling Cancer.
Lethbridge, AB – Amazing Kids Program operated by UR Amazing Ministries
The Amazing Kids Program is an after-school program that teaches kids leadership skills, conflict resolution, and provides overall mentoring to underprivileged kids in the community.
Martensville, SK – Warman and Area KidSport
KidSport is a charitable organization that provides kids with the opportunity to play a sport when their families can't afford it.
Mission, BC – Senior Animals in Need Today Society (SAINTS)
The SAINTS organization rescues elderly animals and animals with medical needs from the community. It provides the animals with medical care and finds them new loving homes.
Peace River, AB – Peace Palliative Care Society
The Peace Palliative Care Society sponsors the palliative care room in the Peace River Community Health Centre. It is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved. It also provides help for loved ones who are going through the loss of a loved one.
Prince Albert, SK – Hopes Home
Hope's Home provides necessary care for children with complex medical needs and disabilities. It was nominated by families who have felt relief when their children with disabilities have been taken care of.
Prince George, BC – Prince George Hospice Society
The Prince George Hospice Society provides care for those at the end of their lives as well as family support and grief counselling for loved ones.
Quesnel, BC – Pet Safe Coalition Society
The Pet Safe Coalition Society in Quesnel received many nominations for gathering lost and missing animals from evacuated homes and farms during the 2017 summer wildfires in the Cariboo region.
Red Deer, AB – Central Alberta Humane Society
The Central Alberta Humane Society was nominated for its outstanding efforts in rescuing pets from the community and find them new homes.
Regina, SK – Teddy Bears Anonymous
Teddy Bears Anonymous provides a Teddy Bear to sick children in the hospital to help bring comfort to scared children when they're going through traumatizing times.
Regina, SK – Bright Eyes Dog Rescue
Bright Eyes Dog Rescue is a volunteer-run organization that rescues over 300 dogs yearly, cares for them and finds them new, loving homes.
Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Search and Rescue
Saskatoon Search and Rescue is a ground search and rescue team made up of volunteers who desire to help and assist others in need in our community by giving their time for training, search missions, preventative information and public awareness. They were nominated for their devotion to finding missing persons in the community no matter the time or weather conditions.
Slave Lake, AB – Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake
The Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake was nominated for their dedication to rescuing animals in the community and setting up foster homes in the community. They're fundraising for a new shelter that will be able to house more animals in need.
Terrace, BC – Volunteer Terrace
Volunteer Terrace was nominated for its Seniors Program where they help seniors living at home with basic tasks like grocery shopping, rides to appointments, and facilitate family visits for those who are at risk of isolation. Without this program, some seniors in the community would be isolated and unsafe.
Welland, ON – Open Arms Mission of Welland
The Open Arms Mission in Welland is a volunteer organization that has helped numerous locals struggling with poverty. They not only provide food to those in need but also provide empowerment and guidance to help people who are struggling get back on their feet.
Williams Lake, BC – Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams Lake
Big Brothers and Big Sisters matches mentors to kids in the community who are in need of individual guidance. The program lost valuable time and resources during the 2017 summer wildfires.
Winkler, MB – Genesis House
The Genesis House is a women's shelter that provides a safe place and resources for women and children who have escaped domestic abuse.
Yorkton, SK – Paws and Claws Animal Rescue
The Paws and Claws Animal Rescue was nominated for its outstanding efforts to rescue animals and find them new homes. Karen Renton was mentioned as an outstanding volunteer who always goes above and beyond to help animals in need.
Annnd that's a wrap good deed doers! Thank you for all the amazing nominations this year. We're proud to be helping some outstanding charities provide support in our local communities.