Prince Edward Island—2014 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award RecipientsPublished on 29 May 2014 Hansard and Statements by Senator Catherine Callbeck (retired)
Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:
Honourable senators, earlier this month, the Red Cross in my home province named two outstanding Islanders as Humanitarians of the Year.
Wes McAleer will be the deserving recipient of the 2014 Humanitarian Award for Prince Edward Island. His community service over his lifetime has been extraordinary. He was instrumental in the establishment and growth of Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island, and has supported or served on the boards of many community organizations, like the P.E.I. Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the Salvation Army. In addition, he has been a representative on the national boards of United Way, Scouts Canada, Junior Achievement, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Wes’ service is not confined to community organizations. Between 1996 and 2007, he was elected as a member of the provincial legislature and held a number of cabinet posts, such as Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Community Affairs, and Attorney General.
He currently is Honorary Fundraising Chair of the Nichola Goddard Foundation, an active member of the Charlottetown Rotary Club, a director of the Stars for Life Foundation for Autism, and he serves on the provincial licensing board for nursing homes and community care facilities. In fact, Wes even conducts sing-songs at seniors’ events around the province.
As to the Young Humanitarian Award, Charles Sanderson will be this year’s worthy recipient. Charles is a strong advocate in a number of areas, including social justice and gay rights. He has been an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations in the province, like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Red Cross, as well as his church and other charities. He has also volunteered nationally with the Forum for Young Canadians.
He is currently teaching yoga to children at Camp Triumph, a camp on Prince Edward Island for children who have a sibling or parent with a serious chronic illness or disability. He graduated this year from UPEI with a degree in business administration and plans to return in the fall to pursue a degree in education.
Honourable senators, these two Islanders, each in their own way, are helping to make a difference in the lives of Islanders. They are shining examples of the committed and generous people who help make our province and beyond a better place in which to live. Please join with me in offering our warmest congratulations.