Don earned this piece at Timeraiser, an event we hosted in June where attendees bid volunteer hours in order to ‘buy’ art pieces by local artists. We auctioned off 13 pieces for a total of 1,200 volunteer hours!

Don has been very busy over the past 6 months, in order to reach one hundred hours so quickly!. He volunteered on the NextGen committee, sold 50/50 tickets for the Canadian National Institution for the Blind, served breakfast at Community League Day, helped out at motionball’s Marathon of Sport, and was a bartender at both Interstellar Rodeo and Fringe Festival.

With as many reasons to volunteer as he has volunteer gigs, Don enjoys the experience of festivals and the traditions he has created over the years. As a new resident to Ritchie, he wanted to get more connected in his community. 

Fun Fact: a presenter at PKN 28, Karen Unger, introduced Don to Motionball. His passion for inclusion is what drew him to volunteer at Marathon of Sport.

Don’s favourite part of the unique timeraiser event was seeing a new crowd of people who would not otherwise attend NextGen events. It felt very grassroots and was a great introduction to the arts scene. Don loved how it brought attention to local artists and non-profits.

Clearly, Don is very motivated. He said that he is most productive when he is busy, so he makes an effort to keep his schedule full. If you are lucky enough to get invited over to Don’s house, you will see his piece hanging behind his couch. 

Thank You Don!

Edmonton is a better place because of you. You showed so much commitment and organization in order to make this happen - for you, for our artists, and for your community.