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***Please note the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Night has been cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic***

The Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award celebrates a Riverview resident, group, organization or business owner for their valued contributions to creating and strengthening our vibrant community.

The award was created in 2013 and named for Jim DeWolfe, a longtime resident whose generous contributions and volunteer efforts in Riverview have stretched over six decades. Jim has a long history of working on the Dobson Trail and volunteering with Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada, Scouts Canada, Telephone Pioneers of America, the Masonic Order, the Albert Historical Society, and many other organizations. He continues to demonstrate an outstanding personal commitment to improving the lives of others in Riverview.

Once per year a special selection committee 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 who have made valuable contributions to the community 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 this award are not eligible. 


How do I make a nomination?

Complete the nomination form, and submit a detailed letter of support for the nominee. Information should include a comprehensive overview of the nominee's volunteer work or community service in Riverview. Members of the selection committee who will judge the nominations require as much knowledge as possible in order to choose the most deserving recipient. The following criteria will guide the selection committee's decision.

  • Nature of nominee's voluntary contributions, actions and community service
  • Enhancement of and impact upon the community
  • Ongoing leadership and dedication
  • Include specific projects or committees in which the volunteer was involved

Additional materials such as publications, photographs, media stories, and testimonials to support your nomination are welcome. Documents will not be returned so please ensure you retain original copies.  


Where do I send my nomination package?

Applications can be submitted online or submitted as a printed application. 

Nominators can pick up a print copy at Riverview Town Hall on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Printed materials can be accepted at Riverview Town Hall:

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

Nominations for the 2020 Jim DeWolfe Community Spirit Award will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020. 


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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