On October 15, 2011, individuals who selflessly give of themselves for the organization year-round were honoured at the Volunteer Appreciation Event.
In addition to a slideshow and speeches thanking all volunteers, a total of seven awards were given out at the ceremony to pay tribute to those who have made particularly significant contributions to ALS Canada.
The Esmond Butler Award was given to Robert Mullen, who has volunteered his time as Hamilton WALK Coordinator for the past several years.
George Goodwin received the Jack Muirhead Award for providing support to the ALS community over the past 20 years since his diagnosis.
Carol Burgess won the Excellence in Fundraising Award for her ongoing bingo activities.
Joan Bradnam won the Excellence in Support Services Award for all she has done for clients and caregivers.
Pierangela Pica and her family received the Excellence in Public Awareness Award for their continued dedication to the cause and raising awareness about ALS.
Lindsay Robertson received the Rising Star Award for her contribution as Halton WALK Coordinator for the past seven years.
Ann Larkin, of the Kitchener-Waterloo WALK, and Mary Jo Knox, of the Acton/Georgetown WALK, both received theWalk N Roll Award for their exemplary contributions to ALS Canada's primary fundraiser.
"This event is a small way to show some of these volunteers our appreciation and while not all could be here, ALS Canada wants to thank all our volunteers across the province who go out of their way to support our clients, execute events, help with administration and the list goes on," said Kelly Entwistle, Manager, Volunteers for ALS Canada. "Our organization is built on volunteerism and we couldn't support our clients and raise awareness without them."