Name of volunteer position:
Meals on Wheels Drivers
Name of organization / event / program:
Brooks & District Seniors Outreach Society
What time or times are volunteers needed?:
11:00 am Daily
Other (Please explain):
It is about 1 hour per day – volunteer can do as many days as they like.
Description of volunteer tasks.:
To pick up meals at Newbrook Lodge and Deliver to seniors throughout the City – own vehicle required.
Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check needed (for adults over 18 years)? :
Describe any training you will provide to the volunteer’s position. :
All new drivers are paired with a seasoned volunteer prior to being on their own.
Will a vehicle be required?:
Name of key contact:
Phone Number:
(403) 362-4131

Quality of Life Report (2023)

Quality of Life 2023 Reports

Project Description

The Quality of Life project began in the fall of 2011 seeking a means to increase understanding of communities within the Brooks-Newell Region and the Region as a whole. Grasslands Regional FCSS created a new quality of life survey which collected information within the three sectors of Government, Business and Social. The result was the Grasslands Regional FCSS Quality of Life Survey administered throughout the Brooks-Newell Region in 2013, 2017 and 2022. Survey design, data collection and analyses establish clear linkages between the business, public and social sectors.

Documents produced include Full Reports and Community Profiles/Snapshots which include summaries completed to determine how residents ranked the Importance of the nine quality of life factors compared to the ranking of Satisfaction. The analysis also includes Quality of Place results which measured level of Satisfaction with programs, services and conditions for residents within the region including Bassano.

Useful to: All levels of government, institutions, non-profit organizations and most importantly to the residents in our communities. Results can help inform future planning, supply data for grants, be used to showcase communities, help with FCSS decision making, and inform actions regarding services and programs in Brooks-Newell Region communities and the Region as a whole. The results can also point to the need for further and more in-depth exploration of areas of concern or assets in communities

General Notes

The analysis of the Quality of Life Survey provides information on the Social Sector, Business Sector and Public Sector. None of the areas in which survey residents were not satisfied can easily be resolved by one level of government or one community agency. A multi-sector approach could be helpful when working with the community to identify and resolve outstanding issues that lead to dissatisfaction. There is a role for all sectors to continue building services and programs in the areas that are working well and to examine potential community solutions in areas of concern identified by residents.

Quality of Life Gap Analysis
To complete the Gap Analysis, nine Importance Factors were first identified and then ranked by residents within the three sectors: (1) Health; (2) Education; (3) Personal Well-Being; (4) Physical Environment; (5) Economy and Employment; (6) Sense of Community; (7) Political Rights and General Values; (8) Social Programs and Conditions; and (9) Government. The Rank of Importance was compared to the Rank of Satisfaction within these nine categories to form the basis of the Gap Analysis.

Quality of Place Variable Analysis
Quality of Place may be defined as “the physical characteristics of a community – the way it is planned, designed, developed and maintained – that affect the quality of life of people living and working in it, and those visiting it, both now and into the future”2 . Quality of Place data was collected to further determine the Satisfaction levels within the community using the following World Class Places Quality of Place variables: (i) Building Maintenance; (ii) Retail and Shopping; (iii) Accessible Public Services; (iv) Sports and Leisure Facilities; (v) Green Spaces; (vi) Heritage Structures; (vii) Maintained Streets; (viii) Neighborhood Design; (ix) Transport Routes; and (x) Accessible Arts and Culture.

Individual and Household Health Conditions
Respondents asked if they had one or more Personal or Household Health Condition and/or a Household Social Condition which negatively impacted them.

Overall Satisfaction with Community
Respondents asked the question “Overall, how satisfied are you with your community?”.

Impact of COVID-19 (this question was added for 2022 only)
Respondents asked about the impact of Covid-19 in a number of health and social conditions.

Brooks-Newell Full Report

Quality of Life #3

City of Brooks Full Report

Quality of Life #3

Brooks-Newell Snapshot

Quality of Life #3

City of Brooks Snapshot

Quality of Life #3

County of Newell Snapshot

Quality of Life #3

Town of Bassano Snapshot

Quality of Life #3

Village of Duchess Snapshot

Quality of Life #3

2023 Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year

Grasslands Regional FCSS Society is pleased to announce the 2023 Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year. 

Citizen of the Year Ross Annett

It is with great admiration that we announce the Citizen of the Year Award recipient is Ross Annett, an accomplished auctioneer who has made outstanding contributions to this area. Ross Annett is a well-known name within the Brooks-Newell Region, but maybe an even better known voice! His iconic voice has been heard echoing through the halls at many community gatherings, where he has volunteered his time and skills for a number of charity auctions for many years. Ross has called the region his home for over 50 years and during this time Ross has proven to be a true leader, always willing to volunteer to lend a helping hand to a wide variety of organizations and people. 

Ross runs the Annett Auction House and dedicates countless hours to many community initiatives and organizations. Ross is a skilled auctioneer who has been a top 10 finalist at the Calgary Stampede over 14 times and holds the title of 2004 Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Champion. His exceptional skills on the auction block are matched only by his generosity and selflessness, making him a beloved figure throughout our area. 

Through Ross’ dedication to serving his community, he has helped raise a significant amount of money for various causes, having his impact felt by many. Ross carries the unique ability to energize a crowd with his warm, humorous personality; the sense of excitement he creates is unmatched and plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of fundraising events. Whether he is lending his voice to the Scandia Pie Auction, Curling Clubs, Food Bank Fundraiser, Fish & Game Fundraiser, or local Agricultural Societies; Ross’ ability to connect with people makes him a valuable asset to any fundraising event he participates in. As stated by one of his many nominators for this award, “His rhythmic voice is the heart of volunteerism in our community”. 

Ross’ hard work and commitment to giving back is a testament to his character and his community contributions are invaluable and truly inspiring. Ross has gone above and beyond in his efforts to make a difference in our communities and his passion for volunteering has been felt by many local organizations. Ross is a passionate supporter of 4H within our region and has been involved for over 45 years. During COVID-19 Ross was an instrumental part of creating a platform for local 4H participants to sell their livestock online, yet another example of how he has gone above and beyond in his efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.  

The irrefutable generosity for which Ross is known serves to inspire others to get involved. He is passionate about engaging youth and providing opportunities for young people to reach their full potential. Ross takes great pride in mentoring youth and it is obvious everyone matters to him in his actions -no one is too young or insignificant to be on his radar! 

As Citizen of the Year, Ross Annett sets an example for all of us. He reminds us that we can all make a difference in our communities and inspire others to do the same. We are honored to recognize Ross’s many accomplishments and thank him for his exceptional service to the community. Congratulations Ross, and thank you for all that you do! 

Junior Citizen of the Year Selma Abdulkadir

It is with great pleasure that we announce Selma Abdulkadir as Junior Citizen of the Year. Selma is a compassionate and well-respected student in Grade 12 at Brooks Composite High School. Selma is someone who works tirelessly to build a strong community and school environment and will go out of her way to be part of the solution to any issue she may see. Selma can often be found dedicating her time to various clubs and initiatives around the school and community. She is a quiet, natural, authentic leader who is never afraid to take the initiative to help others. Her highly motivated personality shows in her commitment to her academics and her desire to improve the community around her.  

Selma is an active member of the BCHS Student Council and Diversity Club, where she also takes responsibility for coordinating the school bulletin board used to educated students on issues and share ideas. Selma was chosen to participate in the Alberta Innovates High School Youth Summer Research Program at the University of Calgary and the ripple effects of this research project were felt throughout the school division. Through her participation she helped create opportunities for staff within the district to address their teaching resources and expand resources to suit the unique student population they teach. Selma has been awarded the opportunity to help present the findings from the research project at the largest education conference in North America, taking place in Chicago. As the child of Immigrant parents, Selma helps to pave the way for students at BCHS, helping create a welcoming, supportive environment for all students.  

Selma has helped create a more equitable environment in her school and this passion carries over to her greater community. Selma has a passion for helping others and this has driven her to seek out roles where she can assist those in need. In the community Selma shares her bilingual skills by volunteering at various non-profits where she has opportunities to assist newcomers in settling in to Canada. She plays an active role with many community organizations and has helped plan events in the city to promote cultural inclusion. Selma’s thirst for knowledge and quick learning style have made her an asset everywhere she goes. The support Selma has offered to the Region has helped create a more welcoming and inclusive community for all of us to call home.  

As stated by one of her nominators “Selma’s kindness, calmness and knowledge are beyond her years; it is rare to meet a young person as mature as her”. The work Selma has done for her school and community is to be admired and celebrated and those around her will be forever grateful for her contributions. Her kind smile is remembered everywhere she goes, she truly exemplifies the best we can wish for our youth.  

It is always inspiring to see a young person like Selma taking an active role in making positive, impactful changes in our communities. We hope that Selma’s example will inspire others to get involved in volunteer work and community service and we know she will continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around her. We are honored to recognize Selma Abdulkadir as Junior Citizen of the Year 2023. Congratulations Selma, thank you for being all you do in our communities and we wish you success in all of your future endeavours! 

Past Winners: Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year

Grasslands Regional FCSS Society would like to recognize previous Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year recipients.

Previous Recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award

  • 1972 Norma Jean Gray
  • 1972 Wally & Marian Wells
  • 1974 Ruby McMillian
  • 1975 Chris Stark Dunsmore
  • 1976 Russ Wiebe
  • 1977 Shirley Bevan & Betty Sewall
  • 1978 Tom Livingston
  • 1979 Doris Cairns
  • 1980 Norman Rust
  • 1981 George Anderson
  • 1982 Margaret & Wes Hutton
  • 1983 Hazel Wagar
  • 1984 Carl Anderson
  • 1985 Gertie Crear
  • 1986 Lawrence Johnson
  • 1987 Chris Jahren
  • 1988 Garry Johnson
  • 1989 Dale Shantz
  • 1990 Johnny Charlton
  • 1991 Doreen & Ron Brandt
  • 1992 Roberta Rogers
  • 1993 Linda Langevin
  • 1997 Maxine Charlton
  • 1998 Gloria Evans
  • 1999 Dorothy Trimmer
  • 2002 Blanche Coultis
  • 2004 Murray Denoudsten
  • 2005 Robert Brown
  • 2006 Dave Wuztke
  • 2007 Marilyn Jackson
  • 2007 Senior COY Kermith Anderson
  • 2008 Peggy Desgagne
  • 2009 Joe Yarrow
  • 2010 Albert Zagorsky
  • 2011 Kathy Holt
  • 2012 Janet Perkins
  • 2013 Ken & Aletta Langille
  • 2014 Vivian Wiebe
  • 2015 Sarah Martens
  • 2016 Debbie Schottenbauer
  • 2017 Kathy Irwin
  • 2018 Ahmed Kassem
  • 2019 Jason Thomasen
  • 2020 Johnene Amulung
  • 2021 Laurie Sim
  • 2022 Reg Radke

Previous Recipients of the Junior Citizen of the Year

  • 2000 Kari Musgrove
  • 2001 Mark Scholz
  • 2002 Mark Havens
  • 2004 Amberley Sparry
  • 2005 John Kmech
  • 2006 Holly Algra
  • 2007 Tara & Michelle Graham
  • 2008 Danny Hertz
  • 2009 Jessie Wang
  • 2010 Talon Chandler
  • 2011 Chris Wachnuk
  • 2012 Sydney Tancowny
  • 2013 Jessica McInnis
  • 2014 Gideon Mentie
  • 2015 Estela Kasaba
  • 2016 Kushagra Sharma
  • 2017 Radet Girma
  • 2018 Daniel Baek
  • 2019 Madison Gilborn
  • 2020 Aislyn McDonald
  • 2021 Joseph Galeski
  • 2022 Shelby Gilborn