2014 National Volunteer of the Year:
David Mothus, Advisor, Mothus Dawes Insurance and Investment, North Central British Columbia
The 2014 Volunteer of the Year award recipient is David Mothus, Advisor, Mothus Dawes Insurance and Investment Financial Centre #77 (FC77), North Central British Columbia. David has been working as the Regional Director for the Prince George chapter of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) for the past 2 years and logged more than 500 hours of volunteer service in 2014 alone. David is involved with both the governance and fund raising efforts for the BCSPCA, and has spearheaded several large-scale fundraising events to raise money and awareness to ensure the meaningful work continues.
David also co-created a Facebook page entitled “Hell Yeah Prince George” which has become the largest social media site in Northern British Columbia. The Facebook page is dedicated to promoting community, charitable initiatives and overall positive news within the area. The site has more than 26,000 members and continues to grow every day.
With David’s encouragement, FC 77 has launched a charitable service project called “Spread the Sunshine”. David has been the driving force behind this team of local advisors who endeavour to perform 52 charitable acts for 52 different charities in 52 weeks. So far, David and team have raised several hundred thousand dollars in cash and goodwill value. They have done everything from clothing the homeless to a charity car wash in support of a child fighting cancer.
On David’s behalf, Sun Life will donate $10,000 to 3 different causes: Prince George Hospice Society, Multiple Sclerosis and the Northern BC Friends of Children Society.
National Volunteer of the Year finalists:
Jocelyne Lang, Associate Advisor, Southern Saskatchewan Financial Centre
Jocelyne Lang is an Associate Advisor at J&M Financial Services Inc., where she and her advisor husband Murray work and live - Regina, Southern Saskatchewan Financial Centre (FC51). Jocelyne is a founding member of the team that created the Sun Life Annual Charity Golf Classic and has co-chaired the event for the past 2 years. She has spent over 300 hours securing sponsorships, prizes, volunteers and co-managing the execution of the event.
Three years ago, Jocelyne also created a local networking group for women who share like-minded business principals and because of her work, over 20 women meet monthly to discuss business strategies, and to provide mentorship and new business introductions.
Jocelyne also coordinates the volunteer efforts of Sun Life advisors, managers and employees for local events such as the Alzheimer’s Forget Me Not Walk, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the Red Cross Day of Pink just to name a few. Jocelyne also sits on the Board of Directors for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. She is also mom to 2 very active boys ages 7 and 4 and volunteers to support their schools, sports team and fundraising initiatives.
Jocelyne will donate her $3,000 award to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
Sarah Loat, Manager, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial
Sarah is dedicated to a variety of volunteer roles in her pursuit to make life brighter for the people in her community. She is web master, fundraiser and Recording Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo - a worldwide organization working to empower women through service and advocacy. Sarah is Co-President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Waterloo and previously served as the Director, Partnerships, a role she created to enhance and advance the careers of communicators through regular community engagement. Sarah is also a Board member at Project READ Literacy Network, an organization dedicated to providing essential skills and literacy services in Waterloo-Wellington.
Sarah is donating $3,000 to the Zonta Club of Kitchener- Waterloo Charitable Foundation.
Jon Satok, Sun Life Senior Education Consultant, Sun Life Financial, British Columbia
Jon is a Sun Life Senior Education Consultant in British Columbia and has been an avid and passionate volunteer for the KidStart Mentorship program of the PLEA Community Services Society of British Columbia for the past 6 years. Jon has spent 140 hours directly with his KidStart mentee. The program is designed as an early intervention and prevention program for vulnerable children and at risk youth.
In the winter, Jon volunteers with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) as a ski instructor to individuals with a variety of physical and/or mental challenges. In the summer, he also volunteers in a similar capacity kayaking with challenged individuals through Power to be. Other volunteer interests include assisting with the Vancouver Folk, Film and Fringe Festivals.
Jon will be splitting the $3,000 between KidStart, VASS and Power to Be.