Volunteer of the Year Award

2017 winner – Gwenne Beck-Pottier

Gwenne Beck-Pottier (left) receiving award from Tammy Davis.

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.

Volunteer of the Year Information

Commencing in 2017, the Common Thread Quilt Guild began to Volunteer of the Year Award. This volunteer will be announced at the monthly Guild meeting in June. The award will be given to a guild member who has displayed ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication. In the last year, the member will have made an exceptional contribution to the Guild. This includes volunteer work on behalf of the Guild in support of charity organizations.

Any member in good standing can nominate another member in good standing for the award. The Executive Committee will assess all nominations against the criteria listed below to select the member who best fulfills the criteria. A vote will be conducted when there is a tie among candidates. Executive Members who have been nominated for Volunteer of the Year will be excluded from this process.

Prior to any announcement, the President of the Guild will contact the successful candidate to ensure they are willing to accept the award. If not, the second runner up will be approached. A member can only receive this award once. An unsuccessful nomination does not preclude the member from being nominated in successive years.

Nominations must provide specific and concrete examples that show how the nominee is outstanding and deserving of this award. The nomination must show how and where the member has made a difference.

Selection Criteria:

  •  Role – describe the member’s contribution
  •  Impact – describe how this member’s work has addressed a priority of the Guild and had a lasting impact on others
  •  Reach – describe who had benefited
  •  Engagement – describe how the member’s work has sparked others to engage in a collective effort
  •  Challenges – describe how the member has overcome challenges to make their contribution to the Guild
  •  Inspiration – describe how the member has earned the respect of, and become a role model for, Guild members


Completed nomination forms must be received via email ctqg.secretary@gmail.com, or dropped off at a Guild Meeting,  no later than the May meeting. The award will presented at the June Guild meeting.

Owly Design 2017