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Our 2024 Nominees

Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award presented by Steam Est. Industries

Verdeen Matthewson

Verdeen was born in Oxbow and raised in Carnduff. After grade school she went off to university and returned to work in the family business. She married her husband Grant and went on to raiser three very active children. Following in her family footprints Verdeen jumped in to all things community. Volunteering through her life in many community activities and projects. Verdeen also ventured into local politics serving on the Moose Mountain School Division and then Town of Carnduff council. Always leading by example!


Lynn Trobert

It is hard to imagine what Estevan would look like without Lynn Trobert. When she had her retail stores on Fourth Street, she donated to every community cause that asked for help. Later she became and still is, one of the most ardent supporters of the United Way. As the treasurer and the chair of the banking committee, she takes the time to understand the social services organizations and their impact. Lynn is a fixture at the Estevan Motor Speedway serving on the board as treasurer and coordinating the race day volunteers. Whether serving on boards, working at community events, taking coffee to people she knows need a friend, her impact on Estevan and its citizens is profound.


Misty Pennington

Misty Pennington, is a small town girl, growing up in Assiniboia, SK, where she and her husband still farm with her family. After earning a Business Degree with a major in Human Resources from the University of Regina, she relocated to Estevan. Transitioning from a decade long career in the finance industry, Misty found her calling in the non-profit sector. At the Estevan Family Resource Centre, she helped to increase visits to the centre to its highest numbers in history. She volunteers for Estevan Minor Hockey and the Estevan Gymnastics Club. The pride Misty has for her community is visible in her outstanding contributions to Estevan.


Daniyale Woolsey - Winner!

Nothing is more inspirational than an individual doing multiple unpaid jobs that no one else wants to do, that benefits and entire community - especially children! Daniyale has been an active member on many boards in Bienfait including Beinfait Minor Ball, Beinfait Minor Hockey, the Rink Board, and Beinfait Recreation. She has organized numerous fundraisers for items ranging from fire equipment to a new ice plant. She was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for three years and a dedicated coach in minor ball and minor hockey. Daniyale has organized Bienfait’s Canada Day Parade since 2012 and has coordinated July 1st activities for years. She is continuously making the community better through her creative new ideas.


Nancy Samoluk

Nancy was born in a very small community in southern Ontario. At 20 years of age she moved to Kamsack, SK to teach girls' physical education at the Kamsack Junior High. It was there that she met her future husband, Ron Samoluk.  In 1973, Nancy took a teaching position at Westview School and remained in the Public School Division as a classroom teacher and librarian before becoming the Library Consultant for the SE School Division. Nancy has volunteered for a number of organizations throughout her 51 plus years in Estevan, such as the Estevan Pottery Club, the Arts Council and the Estevan Music Festival.


Jeri-Lee Jones

In the two short years that Jeri-Lee has been working at the Midale Public Library, she has been recognized for her dedication and outstanding job, time and time again, by HQ of the Southeast Public Library. Besides working at the Midale Public Library, Jeri-Lee works at the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division as a bus driver since 2015, and now drives a rural route in Midale. Jeri-Lee also volunteers with the Midale Central School SCC committee, and the Midale Swimming Pool board. Jeri-lee also spends part of her time at the Midale Come on Inn Motel. Jeri-Lee never hesitates to lend a hand when it comes to the children she raises, her friends, or the community.


Kasey McIntyre

Kasey McIntyre was born in Estevan and raised in the Roche Percee Valley. Her journey began in 2009, when her son Liam, was born with the disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Ever since her goal has been, to bring awareness to CF, not only in Saskatchewan - All over Canada! Kasey advocated so all provinces that didn't offer any pre-screening at birth would provide it, because she knows that early detection is vital. With the support of her family & friends she advocated to have a special CF medication paid under Sask Health. In 2012, she became team captain for Estevan's CF Strides Walk and then joined the Estevan Kinette Club for a few years. In 2021, Kasey was recognized nationally by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, being awarded as a Volunteer Fundraising Champion for Western Canada Prairie Region. She is currently the coordinator for the Estevan CF Walk. She is considered a Legacy Walker for participating in her 10th Walk To Make Cystic Fibrosis History.


Outstanding Contribution to the Workplace presented by TS&M Supply

Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson of Carievale, embodies multiple roles: she's a devoted wife, mother, sister, friend and soon to be a Grandma. She excels as a nurse, coworker, volunteer, and leader. Jen, has been working in LTC for 38 years. Her career began as Nursing Aide at the age of 16, graduating as an LPN, also serving as a first responder. She has elevated her role with pride and a sense of duty beyond expectations. She actively assumes leadership positions in the workplace, fosters great teamwork, and readily volunteers her assistance whenever needed, continuously showcasing her dedication.


Michelle Beaulieu - Winner!

When Michelle is on shift, whether it be in traffic, forensics, or as platoon sergeant, she finds time to engage with the community and her peers. Michelle is breaking barriers as a female working in a non-traditional field as a Police Officer for the Estevan Police Service. In her role at EPS, Michelle has worked hard to be a community leader, while also developing her skills to become one of only 2 forensics officers in the city. Her passion for the community extends outside of her workplace, evidenced by her role as the past president for United Way Estevan, and as a volunteer on various other committees and boards in our community. In her personal life, Michelle is married to her husband Matthew and together they have 4 fur-babies. In their free time, they enjoy snowboarding in the winter and kayaking in the summer.


Jackie Wall

Jackie Wall is the Estevan Chamber’s first female Executive Director. Jackie has led by example, displaying courage, integrity, and creativity to not only transform the Chamber, but lead and support the community. She is an ‘art-repreneur’, creative consultant, and published author, in addition to being a full-time mother. Through good and bad times, Jackie epitomises the pioneer spirit. Jackie was named 2022 Executive of the year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, additionally being awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal the same year. Jackie has overcome many barriers to be recognized as a leading advocate for local business, the community, and the role of women in both.

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Innovative Leadership Award presented by SaskTel

Vi Day - Winner!

Vi and her late husband Tony Day, Carnduff's dynamic duo, were the driving force behind Fast Trucking from the moment they tied the knot in 1960. From maneuvering bed trucks to managing the farm while Tony was on the road, Vi proved she could handle anything. As time went by, she seamlessly transitioned to the administrative side of the business, juggling tasks from accounting to permits, all while whipping up hearty meals and chauffeuring everyone around. And let's not forget, she managed all of this while raising four kids! Outside of Fast Trucking, Vi and her family have operated various ventures, situating them as a cornerstone of employment in Southeast Saskatchewans.  Vi's dedication extends beyond her family and employees; she's a true champion for her community's needs.


Chandra Marchuk

Since 2015, Chandra has been immersed in the beauty industry, initially operating a mobile makeup venture. Over time, she transitioned to a downtown salon, expanding her repertoire and gaining recognition in Estevan. Chandra pursued additional education, notably in eyelash extensions, ultimately becoming an accredited educator. Her dedication extends beyond gender, impacting numerous individuals seeking confidence boosts. In 2023, she and her husband revamped a downtown building into Onyx + Ivory House of Beauty, a sanctuary known for its inviting ambiance. Since opening in July 2023, the establishment has experienced continuous growth.


Sara East

Sara was born and raised in southeast Saskatchewan. Sara attended Minot State University 2003- 2009 obtaining her degree and designation as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She returned to the southeast and began her career in Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division in 2010. In 2023, Sara ventured out on her own and began her private practice, Sara East Speech and Language Services. She strives to provide new and innovative programs and services to meet the need in the community. Sara is passionate about helping young learners with not only with speech articulation, but also assessing and meeting the needs of their language and literacy skills.


Trina Battersby

Trina was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She raised her family while working full time and getting her degree in Social Work. Starting in the SE Cornerstone School Division in 2007, she worked in many schools in Southeast Saskatchewan as a school counselor. She obtained her Master's in Social work in June of 2022. In September, she left the school division to teach a class in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina and pursue her private practice. In January, she has opened her own private practice full time to serve not only adults, but also children and youth under her new business name Prairie Pathway Services.


Kylie Jo McGregor

Kylie Jo McGregor is the owner and operator of Big Bob's Meats in Midale. She has followed in the footsteps of her father (Big Bob's Meats, Regina) and her grandfather, the original Big Bob, in the male dominated industr of meat processing. Kylie attended the University of Regina and Lakeland College, where she received a diploma in Environmental Sciences. After eight years as a land manager, she decided it was time to open her own branch of the family business. She is passionate about agriculture and has a love for local businesses.


Daralee Kittelson

Born and raised in Estevan, Daralee is the owner and designer behind Jewels and Jems Furniture and Interior Redesigns. The business was named after her two labradors Jules and Jemma. Daralee is an active volunteer with her son’s activities, the blogger behind DK Design Inspirations, and a full time furniture refinisher and interior redesigner. Daralee brings creativity and passion to her work. All while leading the way as an entrepreneur and employing an all female team. She’s a leader and inspiration. Daralee might be a busy entrepreneur but she found time to publish her firsts children’s book in March 2024.

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Brooke Wilson

Brooke is originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where her love of dance started from as early as she can remember. When her family moved to Estevan in 2012, she was quick to find her arts community and alongside dedicated adults in her world, Estevan Recreational Dance Club was founded in 2016. After graduation, she went on to independently conduct business for ERDC to support local youth on their journey with the art and discipline of dance. When she is not at the studio, you will often find her working on her next lesson or team building activity for her students.


Equity & Inclusion Award presented by Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Aimee Haralson

Aimee, a devoted SWIS (Settlement Workers In Schools) Coordinator in Estevan, has tirelessly supported newcomers, exceeding her role's expectations. With unwavering dedication, she selflessly dedicates personal time to assist individuals transitioning to their new lives. Aimee's compassionate nature and commitment have left an indelible mark on countless lives, embodying the spirit of community and inclusivity in Estevan. Having been with SWIS for 7 years, her experience and dedication have made her an invaluable asset to the organization and the community at large.


Pam Gunnlaugson - Winner!

Pam was born in Estevan and has made it her lifelong community. Pam’s career has been dedicated to helping individuals develop their potential academically and personally and creating an inclusive environment to support them in achieving their career and life goals. Pam thrives when working with newcomer and indigenous persons. Pam obtained her Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan and has taught various subjects and grade levels for the Regina Public and Cornerstone School Divisions. In 2007, Pam took her passion for teaching and creating equity in a new direction by undertaking the role of Literacy Coordinator for the Estevan and Area Literacy Group. In 2011, Pam transitioned to teaching adults at Southeast College. Pam has successfully used her diverse expertise to teach within the brokered SaskPolytechnic/STA, Adult Basic Education and Essential Skills programs. Pam embraces life-long learning and self-development and is completing her Masters of Indigenous Education at the First Nations University.

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Young Visionary Award presented by Impact Creative Digital Services

Aivry Culy

Aivry was born and raised in Estevan. Her parents are Kevin and Shannon Culy. At school, Aivry has always walked through the halls with all the kindness and spunk you would expect from an outgoing and polite girl. She has decided to study nursing, so that she can continue to have a positive impact in society. She is currently one of the hardest working employees at Sobeys, and has been for 3 years. Aivry is always someone you can count on for help when needed.


Teigha Lesy

Teigha Lesy is an honor roll student completing her grade 12 year at the Estevan Comprehensive School. She is a kind, creative, and hard-working student. Teigha is a member of SHOUTS program at school mentoring students who are new to the Comprehensive School. She also has a vast love of music and theatre. She partakes in choir and drama. She was recently cast as Ursula in the school musical, The Little Mermaid. She has also been asked to sing the National Anthem for the school events. Teigha has worked at McDonald’s since she was 15 years old. In September of 2022 she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of cancer. Due to her treatment plan, she was unable to attend in-person classes, so she enrolled in Cyberstone and pushed through to complete her credits. Teigha will attend the University of Regina to start her Bachelor of Education degree this fall.


Sasha Mantei - Winner!

Sasha Mantei has overcome medical challenges in her youth to become a high achieving student and active volunteer and athlete. She works hard at any activity or project she attempts. Sasha’s interests include artistic swimming, showing cattle, and playing roller derby. She spends many hours volunteering in the community,  involved in the Student Representative Council at the Estevan Comprehensive School and as secretary of her 4-H Club. When Sasha is not busy with her activities, she can be found on her family’s farm working with cattle, riding her horse, or operating different farm machinery during haying and harvest. Sasha is an avid artist and enjoys reading. She has recently been accepted to the University of Calgary in the Architecture program.


Izzy Semenuik

Isabella Semenuik (affectionately known as Izzy) is a 17 year old grade 12 student at Estevan Comprehensive School. She loves playing sports, with her current passion being volleyball. She is a well rounded young lady, who enjoys giving back to her community and supporting her peers and encouraging them to be better versions of themselves. She has taken the initiative to bring awareness to mental health among athletes and convinced her own volleyball club to brand their own warm up shirts with the Smash the Stigma Mental health Matters logos. She has spearheaded fundraising and bringing mental health awareness to our community during her time at the Estevan Comprehensive School. She is the type of person who people are drawn to because she makes them feel welcome, seen and appreciated. She will be graduating high school this June with a bilingual diploma and has aspirations to attend the University of Calgary to continue her passion for mental health in the psychology program.


Andri Groenveld

Andri attended pre-K to grade 3 at Balcarres Community School, grades 3-8 at Sacred Heart, and grades 9-12 at ECS. She has been involved in many activities over the years: safety patrol, archery, football and band to name a few, but her favorite activity has been artistic swimming. Andri has taken on coaching 3 teams with the Estevan Mermaids and is tutoring with South East Tutoring Services. Andri's future plans include attending the U of R working simultaneously towards a Bachelor of Education and pre-med major.


Keira Lindsay Zepeda

Keira Zepeda was born in 2006 in the Philippines and moved to Estevan in 2014. Keira is a grade 12 student at ECS. She plays senior basketball, senior badminton, and is the SRC co-president. She maintains a high level of academic excellence, earning honour roll and Principal’s Distinction each year. Keira also works two jobs, as a server at Eddie Websters and at the Leisure Centre information desk. After graduation, Keira plans to attend Sask Polytech in Regina to study dental hygiene.


Tayla Gervais

Tayla Gervais is currently a grade 12 student at Estevan Comprehensive High School who will be graduating in June. She has been on the honor roll every year while attending high school and achieved "Principal Distinction" one of those years. Tayla grew up on a farm, where her parents instilled the values of hard work and weekly chores, taking care of animals, yard maintenance, and whatever else needed to be done around the farm. Tayla has a part-time job at Unique Edge Boarding and Grooming, and volunteers her time within the community - all making it seem effortless to manage all of these things at once.

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