Friend of the Family Award


Lethbridge Family Services presented its first “Friend of the Family “award on September 8, 1988.This award honored and celebrated those individuals, groups, and organizations in southern Alberta who have meaningfully contributed to the strengthening of family life and the promotion of its values in society. In the beginning, the award was presented monthly (September-May) to the most outstanding nominee based on:

From 1992-1995, the “Friend of the Family” award given out every quarter. Another change occurred in 1996; the awards were presented annually to one nominee from each of the following two categories:

Friend of the Family Award Recipients

Date Award Winner
September 1988 Leonard Bastien
October 1988 Palliative Care Coordinating Council
November 1988 Wendy Jo Miller
December 1988 Lethbridge Lodge Laundry
January 1989 Eric Kokko
February 1989 The Samaritans 
March 1989 Dr. Gene & Mrs. Lorraine Boehme
April 1989 Randal Arndt, Director of Rehabilitation Services with the Canadian Paraplegic Association 
May 1989 Bill and Eleanor Skelton
September 1989 Grant Harker, Director of the Social Work Department, Lethbridge Regional Hospital 
October 1989 Lethbridge Soup Kitchen
November 1989 Jenny Skinner, Lethbridge Food Bank
November 1989 Ed Taylor, Lethbridge Food Bank
December 1989 CATV Channel 12
January 1990 Elspeth Walker
February 1990 Diana Johnson
March 1990 Pastor Ron Bjorgan
April 1990 Catholic Charities Food Bank
May 1990 Dr. David Davies
September 1990 Shannon Geer
October 1990 Margaret van Biert
November 1990 Lorita Ichikawa
December 1990 Tom Cain, Peoples First Associatioon 
January 1991 Craig & Darcy Sorpold - Rax Restaurant
February 1991 Pat & Greg Robinson
March 1991 Dan Neihaus - Westwind Gymnastic Club
Fall 1991 Dr. Terrence C Smith
Winter 1992 The Samaritans
Spring 1992 Reverend & Mrs. William Roycroft
Summer 1992 Mona Sams
Fall 1992 Lee Spice
Winter 1993 Camille Kobayshi
Spring 1993 Maureen Burke
Spring 1993 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effect Conference Coordinating Committee
Summer 1993 Bill & Judy Peta
Summer 1993 Constable Jackie Sudworth
Fall 1993 Derek Malcolm
Fall 1993 Cara Tiechrob
Fall 1993 Gerard Van Schothorst
Winter 1994 Yvonne & Dick Kerber
Spring 1994 Mary Oordt
Summer 1994 YMCA
Fall 1994 Betty Cronquist
Winter 1995 Constable Gary Clark
Spring 1995 John Williams
Summer 1995 Murphy Urness
Fall 1995 Lud & Marlene Sterba
Winter 1996 Leroy Lyczewski
Winter 1996 John Cronquist
Spring 1996 Cybelle Noronha
Spring 1996 Rick & Darlene Smith
Summer 1996 Read On Adult Literacy Program
Summer 1996 Staff of Beehive Craft & Wedding Shoppe
Fall 1996 Sisters of Saint Martha
Fall 1996 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effect Support Group
Winter 1997 Mary Ann Zimmer
1996-1997 Jackie Fiorino
1996-1997 Marian Biggins
1996-1997 Moxie's Lethbridge
1996-1997 Independent Order of Foresters Court - Windy West
1997-1998 Leonard Binning
1997-1998 Family Festival Committee
1997-1998 Dr. Don Massey
1997-1998 Dr. Doug Myhre
1997-1998 Dr. William (Bill) Nelson
1998-1999 Bert & Mac's Sportsw
1998-1999 Dave Parsons
1998-1999 Taber Response Project
1998-1999 Taber Response Team
1998-1999 Sharon Herman-Loran
1998-1999 Crowsnest Pass Women's Resource Crisis Centre
1999-2000 Ron Burr
September 2001 Val Scheck
September 2001 Domestic Violence Action Team
2001-2002 Adoptive Parents Support Group
2001-2002 St. Patricks Church Refugee Committee
2002-2003 Woja Yongo
2002-2003 Rotary Club East
2003-2004  The Staff of Thriftlodge Motel
2003-2004 Sobeys Scenic Square
2004-2005 1st Choice Savings & Credit Union Ltd
2005-2006  Dr. James Evanson
2005-2006 Val Christman
2005-2006 Dr. Merrill Steed
2006-2007 Connie Cook
2006-2007 Mary & Garry  Allison
2007-2008 Mark Campbell
2007-2008 Erv Fehr
2008-2009 Ali Ajani
2009-2010 Host Program Volunteers (10) LFS Immigrant Services
2009-2010 The Real Canadian Superstore - Ken Tanagam, Manager
2010-2011 McDonalds Restaurant #3846 - Ivan Harris and Helen Wall
2011-2012 Hometime Property Servicea Ltd - Stuart Maddaford and Team
2012-2013 Kamal Dahal
2012-2013 Crazy Cakes
2013-2014 The Ensuite by Emco
2013-2014 Zakari Murakami of Stokes Pharmacy
2014-2015 Steve Keiver of College Ford
2014-2015 Mike spencer of Geomatic Attic
2014-2015 Stantec
2014-2015 Browns Socialhouse
2015-2016 Trevor Stuart
2015-2016  Lethbridge Food Bank
2016-2017 George Ney
2016-2017 Canadian Tire (South and North) 
2017-2018 Bob and Ruth Thompson
2017-2018 Lethbridge School District #51
2018-2019 Alexis and Ron Sakamoto
2018-2019 Lethbridge Fit Body Boot Camp
2019-2020 Trina Tymko
2019-2020 Home Depot (Lane Shumlich rep)
2020-2021 All Things Cedar
2020-2021 Glenda Light




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