Our Praising Passion column celebrates inspiring Albertans who improve the health and well-being of people in their
Nominate someone in your community or vote for the person you’d like to see featured in the next issue of Apple by
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 403-943-1993. Comments are welcome and voting is open
until Feb. 10, 2015.
Agnes has helped nearly 1,000 Albertans who have suffered strokes in 19
rural communities across the province. The manager of the Cardiovascular
Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network with Alberta Health Services,
she is highly respected for being a leader who serves her patients, inspires her
colleagues and works to improve stroke care in Alberta.
Nominated for the second time, Danielle fills people’s stomachs and hearts as
the executive director of the Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank. She continues
to expand the food bank’s programs to feed and improve the lives of over
800 adults and 600 kids every month. She is also expanding the Learning
Garden—Young Chefs, Kids in the Kitchen, Outdoor Cooking and Garden
Project for Youth programs.
When it comes to oral health, Denise is a visionary who takes action. She is
the creator and manager of The Alex Dental Health Bus, a mobile dental clinic
that serves Calgarians who are unable to access or afford dental care. She is a
passionate advocate of oral health in private practice and public health, and
serves as an international volunteer.
Sparking a movement to celebrate dads is all in a day’s work for Patrick, the
provincial coordinator of the Alberta Father Involvement Initiative. He is a
passionate and dedicated advocate for healthy and resilient dads, families
and communities. Working with organizations and communities, Patrick
travels the province developing programs that support and encourage positive
fatherhood and parenting.
A paramedic, Mary was named a public hero by the Intercultural Dialogue
Institute in 2014 for helping people living on the Eden Valley Reserve in a way
that respects their aboriginal culture. Specially trained in mental health and
addictions, she also worked with social agencies to reduce the frequency that
vulnerable people in downtown Calgary need EMS care.
The Spring 2015 nominees are: