Community League Showcase 2015
Celebrating community leagues, their volunteers and their many successes
We would to thank everyone who attended the event June 10. We knew it would be inspirational to see some of the great work of Edmonton's amazing community leagues all in one place, accomplishments both big and small that are strengthening their communities and bringing their neighbours closer together.
As Geoff Lilge of Bellevue's community league said, "This is truly inspiring - seeing what other leagues are doing. It's amazing."
And we were incredibly touched to see how emotional the evening was for some of the volunteers who were being recognized for their years of community building.
"People felt appreciated," said a Ritchie CL member, while others mentioned that some of these wonderful volunteers teared up. That speaks volumes to the oft-times humble nature of community league volunteers.
Community League Showcase 2015 Photo Gallery
Enjoy some of the wonderful memories from this special evening when the EFCL was proud to honour and recognize the many volunteers and community leagues for all the hard work they graciously give towards their communities. Click the picture to get started.
Some very special volunteers
Jill Murrin was nominated by Queen Mary Park for a Special Volunteer award. With her are MLA Christina Gray (L) and EFCL VP Internal, Shaffeek Ali (R).
The 2015 Community League Showcase gala was also an opportunity to recognize some special volunteers. Nominated by their community leagues, these people have contributed a lot to their communities and the EFCL was proud to shine the spotlight on them.
In total, there were 25 special volunteers who were celebrated - click here to see why their leagues think so highly of these special people who exibit such great community league spirit.
Our own special volunteers
Like any great social event in Edmonton, it doesn't happen without volunteers who give of their time willingly to make the events a success. The EFCL would like to thank our own volunteers who were instrumental in making the EFCL 2015 Showcase event a memoriable experience for our leagues.
They are Russ Dahms, Christine Bremner, Dez Melenka, Mark Nicoll, Nicolas Brown, Nathalie Gahmibare, Elaine Solez, Steve Edgerton, Saba Fatmi, the Showcase set-up team, Showcase Committee members: EFCL president, Masood Makarenchian and EFCL district rep, Rob Agostinis, and all the members of the EFCL Board of Directors. We would also like to thank Councillor Amarjeet Sohi for his kind greetings from the City and MLA Christina Gray for helping to hand out the awards. (The EFCL is currently looking for volunteers to help out with K-Days and servus Heritage Days - visit our Volunteer page to learn more.)
Successful fundraising evening
The Showcase was also the perfect opportunity to unveil the EFCL's $100 Club, a special fundraising initiative in support of the EFCL 100th Anniversary Project in Hawrelak Park. The project honours Edmonton's community leagues and all they have accomplished in the past 100 years, and all they will continue to accomplish in the future.
Taking a page from the grass-roots history of community leagues and the many ways they raised funds to build halls and other community amenities, the $100 Club is the perfect way for individuals, who appreciate the efforts made by their community leagues over the years, to support the anniversary project.
The goal at the Showcase was to raise $5,000 during the evening, and thanks to the many generous individuals in attendance, the goal was met and passed. If you would like to learn more about the EFCL $100 Club, please Click Here.
Thank you to our sponsors for their many contributions to the event
But most of all, we want to thank all the community league volunteers who attended - we hope you found inspiration, connected with sister leagues and left with the knowledge that your work is truly appreciated city-wide.