Friends of the Family Awarded for Contributions

September 23, 2021

News Release
September 23, 10:30 AM, MST

Friends of the Family Awarded for Contributions

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta—September 23, 2021 Lethbridge Family Services is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Friend of the Family awards. Our Friends of the Family have been recognized since 1988, and to date there have been 112 recipients. This prestigious community award is presented annually to both an individual and corporate nominee (a business, group, or non-profit), the awards recognize those who have shown “excellence in service to a family life cause or issue, excellence in direct service to a family or families, and exemplary action on behalf of an individual or distressed family.”

Join Lethbridge Family Services in honouring and celebrating our 2021 recipients:

Individual: Glenda Light
“Glenda Light has been volunteering with the LFS Immigrant Services Community Connections Volunteer program since 2015. Glenda was one of the first volunteers to pitch in when a large groups of Syrian refugees arrived that year. Glenda has given countless hours of her time to assist newcomer families make Lethbridge their home. When I think about Glenda and the type of person she is, these three words come to mind: kind, generous, and thoughtful. Since starting with the program in 2015, Glenda has been matched with over eight individual newcomer families (sometimes two or three times if they still need support). Whether she is helping practice English, attending appointments, connecting newcomers to the community, going to cooking classes, or just being a friend in a time of need; Glenda has always gone beyond the call of duty and we are so lucky to have her as our dedicated volunteer in the Community Connections Volunteer Program.”

Corporate: All Things Cedar
“All Things Cedar has been a partner with the DaCapo Employment team for over 4 years. Their involvement started with one contracted position and has expanded to include three contract jobs. The contracts include moving wood planks and packaging chains at All Things Cedar, in addition to assembling hardware bags onsite at DaCapo. The most recent contract started during the COVID-19 pandemic and was a perfect way for clients to access employment during a time when they had lost employment or were unable to find employment. Participants have acquired new skills and keep busy with meaningful activities which has been essential over the past year. The team at All Things Cedar is flexible, inclusive and positive. They treat all employees as part of their team and are also very accommodating with having DaCapo job coaches onsite.”

Lethbridge Family Services is a highly accredited charitable agency which is the largest community social and health services organization in Lethbridge and has been operating since 1910. LFS helps over 8,100 people improve their quality of life on an annual basis with the support of four key Departments; Home Services, Immigrant Services, Counselling, Outreach & Education, and DaCapo Disability Services alongside 380 employees.

Media Contact:
Michelle Gallucci
Director, Advancement & Communication
Lethbridge Family Services
Cell: 403-915-8028

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