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Nominations for the 2022 Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Do you know someone who makes a big impact in our community? Nominate them to be recognized!

The Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award celebrates a Riverview resident, group, organization or business for their valued contributions to creating and strengthening our vibrant community. Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award winners go above and beyond in devoting their time, energy and care to making Riverview an exceptional community.

The award was created in 2013 and named for Jim DeWolfe, an incredible community leader whose contributions and volunteer efforts stretched across many decades. Jim devoted over 60 years to volunteerism, leadership and community growth in countless ways. He offered his time and energy to numerous volunteer organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada, Scouts Canada, Telephone Pioneers of America, the Masonic Order, the Albert County Historical Society, and many other. Jim was also a great lover of the Dobson Trail and spent many years working on making it a source of pride for Riverview. Jim DeWolfe passed away in 2021, at the age of 93 and continues to be remembered and honoured in our community as an inspiring example of how a single person can impact an entire community.

Once per year a special selection committee of Riverview residents, reviews and selects the recipient that best fits the award's criteria.

 

Who is eligible for the award?

Any current or former long-term resident of Riverview is eligible for nomination. Riverview business owners are also eligible for the award regardless of the business owner's place of residence. Elected representatives are not eligible for nominations while they hold office. Past recipients of the Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award are not eligible to receive this award again. 

 

How do I nominate someone?

To submit a nomination, please answer all questions included in the nomination form. Both written and video nominations will be accepted. You may submit your nomination in any of the following ways:

  • Complete all fields of the online form. (click "DONE" when you are ready to submit your nomination)
  • Download the PDF nomination form and submit the completed form to:

Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Awards
c/o Town of Riverview
30 Honour House Court
Riverview, NB E1B 3Y9

Tips for nominators

Please provide as much information as possible on why you think your nominee deserves to be recognized. Detailed responses will help our committee make the best possible choice.

Additional support materials are welcome, but not required. If you choose to include extra materials, please retain your original copies. Documents will not be returned. Support materials could include:

  • Photos
  • Media stories
  • Testimonials/additional letters of support

Any submitted materials may be shared through the Town's social media accounts and/or other communication channels.

 

2018 Recipient - David Owen

Since moving to Riverview 51 years ago, David has been a dedicated and humble leader. Inspired by his young family, David took on volunteer roles with the Boys Scouts of Canada and numerous sports associations. For 20 years, he could often be found on the ice refereeing hockey and ringette games and at the ball field as a volunteer umpire for Riverview Minor Baseball. David later became the founding president of the Riverview Boys and Girls Club.

In addition to his work with youth, David was a respected member of the RCMP auxiliary and volunteered with Victim Services in Riverview and in Moncton for 10 years. His drive to help others in need didn’t end there. David became president of the Albert County Action Committee and subsequently operated the Albert County Food Bank and annual Christmas aid program.

For the last 17 years David’s been active as the volunteer Executive Director of the Lion’s Sick Children’s Fund through which he established the Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival raising much-needed funds that help families with sick children.

Furthering his other passions, David and his wife Sheila’s love for theatre brought them both to volunteer for the Riverview Arts Centre. He currently serves as president and advanced the organization to a position where it can now employee full-time staff.

For his commitment to youth, compassion for those in difficult circumstances, and exceptional generosity, David Owen embodies the meaning of community spirit.


Mayor Ann Seamans, David Owen and Deputy Mayor Wayne Bennett

 

Past Recipients

  • Ken Arsenault
  • Margaret Boushel
  • Peter Brzezicki
  • Ann Connolly
  • Alison Davidson
  • Jim DeWolfe
  • David Ford
  • Ivan and Vivian Hicks
  • Al Kavanaugh
  • Brad Lane
  • Janet Longaphie
  • Albert McEachern
  • Kelly MacKinnon
  • Melody Munro
  • Tammy Rampersaud
  • Riverview Lions Club
  • Edithann Smith
  • Mike Stone
  • Jason Surette
  • Paul Toner
  • Bernie Touesnard
  • Charles Webber
  • William A. West
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