Previous Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
2017 winner – Gwenne Beck-Pottier
Gwenne, has, without being asked, undertaken a leadership role in the production of quilts for the CQA’s “Canada’s Big Quilt Bee”. The CQA has committed to making one thousand quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. In turn, the CTQG membership undertook to support this important cause.
Gwenne has quilted 48 quilts made by CTQG members during the past several months. She has also collected orphan blocks and, together with her friends and family, turned these blocks into quilts that will go to Ronald McDonald House families that are suffering unimaginable hardships. In total, Gwenne has quilted 71 quilts for The Big Quilt Bee.
Gwenne has donated her own time and thread, solicited the CQA and others to donate batting and backing fabric, and used her own long-arm machine to quilt beautiful, creative quilts for those in need. Gwenne has been an inspiring example of what one quilter can accomplish. Knowing that Gwenne is committed to quilting all of our Guild’s Ronald McDonald House quilts has encouraged others to produce more and more quilts.
One of the primary purposes of the CTQG is to use quilting to respond to the needs of the community. Gwenne’s leadership, dedication and sheer hard work has ensured that our Guild will make a contribution to the CQA initiative well beyond what one would expect of a guild our size. The Ronald McDonald House quilts will go to families that have taken up long-term residence in their homes across the country. These quilts will not only provide physical comfort to sick children and their families, but will also send the important message that there is a community of quilters that cares.