We are pleased to announce that Steve Upham, Reeve for the County of St. Paul, was the recipient of the Community Futures Alberta, Volunteer of the Year Award 2019 at our annual provincial conference in Grande Prairie.The award is presented to individuals who have shown outstanding and ongoing leadership and achievement in the Community Futures program.
Steve Upham has been involved with the Community Futures program for nine years, and his term as Chair of the Community Futures St. Paul-Smoky Lake Board of Directors is ending. During the presentation of the award, it was noted Steve has led with consideration and compassion, and that he understands the ‘beating heart’ of small communities and rural life.
“I am honored to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award,” said Steve. “The interests of the County of St. Paul and the surrounding communities is a priority in my role as Reeve and as a member of Community Futures. It is in all of our interests to support small business development and rural economic diversification.”
The winner of this year's award was selected by a panel of Community Futures members from across the province. There are twenty-seven offices across Alberta with more than 250 volunteer board members.
For over 30 years, Community Futures Alberta has worked actively with entrepreneurs, community, and business leaders to foster rural economic growth and build vibrant and sustainable communities.
The ‘beating heart’ of small communities and rural life
Photo: Steve Upham - Volunteer of the Year 2019