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Grimshaw woman named top volunteer in Alberta

Penny Steffen of Grimshaw is the recipient of the 2012 Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
Steffen gives hundreds of hours each year to numerous organizations without ever asking for anything in return.
“Ms. Steffen’s commitment to Grimshaw demonstrated through her involvement in over 13 community organizations and programs, makes her the epitome of a volunteer citizen,” said Tanis Kozak, Direct Energy’s vice-president and general manager, Canada. “Her continuous dedication makes her a true example of what “giving back to the community where you work and live” means.”
Steffen will receive a $1,000 cash award from Direct Energy as well as a plaque signifying her achievement. In addition, Direct Energy will make a donation of $5,000 to the Peace River SPCA, a charity chosen by Steffen, in her name.
Steffen has become an instrumental part of the Peace River SPCA where she started as an active volunteer for a number of years, and four years ago became a director on the board.
Steffen also volunteers with Grimshaw Curling Club, Grimshaw high school, Alberta Winter and Summer Games committees, Alberta Pond Hockey Championships, Community Services Advisory Board, Centennial Park Society, Grimshaw Agricultural Society and Grande Prairie Regional College Animal Health Technology Advisory Board.
In its eighth year, the award is sponsored jointly by Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association.
Nominations came from more than 100 Alberta communities.
Four finalists were also selected for outstanding volunteer efforts in their communities and will each receive $1,000 toward their charitable organization of choice: Norma McDonald of Cayley; Laurie Keindel of Devon; Joyce Venables of Barrhead and Melanie O’Reilly of Red Deer.