Andrew Panteluk

Andrew Panteluk

Citizens honoured for contributions, community spirit at spring gala

A Red Deerian with a talent to help non-profits develop the fundamentals to succeed, and a teen with an eye on a medical career, were both recognized for their community spirit and contributions at the 2016 Red Deer Citizen of the Year Spring Gala on Friday night.

A Red Deerian with a talent to help non-profits develop the fundamentals to succeed, and a teen with an eye on a medical career, were both recognized for their community spirit and contributions at the 2016 Red Deer Citizen of the Year Spring Gala on Friday night.

Rod Kennedy was named Citizen of the Year and Andrew Panteluk was chosen Young Citizen of the Year.

Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Red Deer, the awards recognize leadership and commitment to the community.

Kennedy said he was humbled to receive the award and proud of the diversity of volunteer organizations in Red Deer.

“I really like the idea that this community provides you that window of opportunity. If you want to volunteer there’s lots of great opportunities to participate,” said Kennedy before the start of the gala held at Red Deer Sheraton.

He has given his time to a variety of local organizations ranging from Westerner Exposition Association, Red Deer College, Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce, Red Deer Agri-trade Society, Red Deer Optimist Club, Red Deer’s Festival of Trees, and the 2019 Canada Games Host Society. He has also made a provincial impact by serving the STARS Foundation and board, and as a University of Alberta senate member.

Kennedy, 61, said over the years the sense of community in Red Deer has become stronger as the city grew and the projects have gotten bigger, like the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

“The volunteer organizations have stepped it up and grown with it. That’s just great for everybody,” said the investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities.

Kennedy was previously named Optimist of the Year and received the 2005 Outstanding Service Award Westerner with Exposition Association, the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal, and the 2009 Outstanding Service Award with the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise.

Panteluk, who will graduate from Notre Dame High School in June, intends to pursue a career in medicine and has volunteered in four different units at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

One year on the stroke unit he organized a Christmas party where he played violin and bought a stuffed animal for every patient. He recruited volunteers to spread the event to three other units the following year.

“I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor, but being at the hospital has just totally reaffirmed that,” said Panteluk, 17.

“For me, helping those other people, helping the vulnerable, giving compassion to those who don’t have it, is why I wanted to be a doctor.”

Panteluk took part in a Heritage Youth Researcher Summer Program and assisted physiology and neuroscience researchers.

The high school honours with distinction student has also received a variety of academic, athletic and musical awards, as well as scholarship offers to attend University of Alberta, Queens University and University of Calgary.

He said volunteering can play a major role in the lives of youth and they can use their energy to make a positive impact on their community.

“My dad was a Rotary member for as long as I can remember. Watching him serve has called me to serve as well. Rotary is such a great organization. I hope to become a Rotarian one day being able to, on a local and international level, serve those less fortunate.”

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Alberta vaccine rollout expanding to front-line health-care workers

More than 240,000 eligible health-care workers can begin booking vaccine appointments starting… Continue reading

File photo
The Red Deer Rebels will have three new assistant coaches when the WHL regular season starts on Friday. Brad Flynn (left), will be on the bench alongside fellow assistant Ryan Colville (right) head coach Brent Sutter (middle). (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Sutter steps down as Red Deer Rebels head coach

Red Deer Rebels Owner, GM and head coach Brent Sutter has stepped… Continue reading

Premier Jason Kenney announced $200 million more money that will benefit seniors living in continuing care on Wednesday. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta’s in-school rapid screening test program expanding

Alberta’s in-school rapid screening test program will expand to as many as… Continue reading

Parents and students learned Tuesday what the coming school year will look like. It's pretty much back to business as usual, said Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. School precautions include frequent cleaning, keeping students in the same groups where possible, planning the school day to allow for physical distancing and staying home when sick. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta’s largest school board says no to United Conservative draft school curriculum

CALGARY — Alberta’s largest school board says it will not use the… Continue reading

Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan is among those who have signed an open letter criticizing the government’s return to stricter health measures. (Advocate file photo).
Updated: Kenney tells UCP caucus COVID-19 dissent OK, breaking health rules means expulsion

15 MLAs released letter on Wednesday critical of new health restrictions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches a speaker appear by videoconference during a news conference in Ottawa, Friday, April 9, 2021. Grassroots Liberals have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling on the federal government to develop and implement a universal basic income — despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apparent lack of enthusiasm for the idea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau winds up Liberal convention with election campaign-style speech

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau wound up a three-day Liberal convention Saturday with… Continue reading

Team Canada skip Brendan Bottcher makes a shot against Italy at the Men's World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Men’s world curling championship in Calgary in COVID limbo

CALGARY — The men’s world curling championship in Calgary remained suspended Saturday… Continue reading

Pipes intended for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline are shown in Gascoyne, N.D. on Wednesday April 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta
Non-profit Quebec law centre to aid environmental group targeted by Alberta oil firm

QUEBEC — The Quebec Environmental Law Centre is coming to the aid… Continue reading

Conservative leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Conservatives cite empathy, relationships as ways to help expand their movement

OTTAWA — Conservatives should show empathy with Black residents who say they’ve… Continue reading

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. New Democrats are reconvening for the second day of a three-day policy convention as they look to push past the glitches of the virtual event's opening sessions and rally around keynote speaker John Horgan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New Democrats reconvene as hiccups, frustrations plague national policy convention

OTTAWA — New Democrats reconvened Saturday for the second day of a… Continue reading

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP's next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, April 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Trump in 2024? He says only that ‘a Republican’ will win

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his… Continue reading

A cruise ship sits docked waiting for passengers to be evacuated in Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, Friday, April 9, 2021 due to the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. (AP Photo/Orvil Samuel)
Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — People who ignored an initial warning to evacuate… Continue reading

Owner of 4 Point Taekwondo Kevin Mejia holds a board as organizer and martial artist Kevin Olsen breaks it in Edmonton on Friday, April 9, 2021. One hundred martial artists from around the world, will be breaking a board for an event called "Break for a Breakthrough." The idea is for martial artists to unite and re-engage with the arts because they may have drifted away or lost enthusiasm as a result of the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Break for a Breakthrough: Canadian hosts international martial arts demonstration

EDMONTON — Whether he’s breaking a wooden board, a clay tile, cement… Continue reading

Most Read