A vital component of the National Philanthropy Day celebrations, the Generosity of Spirit Awards were created to highlight outstanding philanthropic contributions in the community, whether the community is local, regional, national or international. This is a competitive nomination program resulting in seven Honourees – individuals, companies and organizations who, through acts of kindness and generosity, have truly impacted our community in a meaningful way. While only seven honourees are recognized, all nominees are celebrated for their unique involvement and years of giving back to the community.
This year, proudly nominated by Heather Innes, I Can for Kids co-founder Sutton Garner was honoured as Calgary’s Youth Philanthropist of the Year. Privileged to be celebrated alongside fellow honourees Jim Gray, Jay Westman, Fran and Andy Porter, Shell Canada, Something2Wear and the Kinsmen Club of the Stampede City, Sutton was very humbled by the recognition, “Thank you to the Generosity of Spirit Committee and Jury for honouring me as Youth Philanthropist of the Year. Along with my fellow nominee Sunint Bindra, there are many kids deserving of this recognition, kids who want to make a difference and have the courage to stand up for others. I share this honour with them.”
As part of Philanthropy Awareness Week events, the Philanthropy Day lunch on November 15 was a day of inspiration and fellowship. Returning co-hosts Dave Kelly and Angela Knight entertained over 600 guests, introducing each of the honourees and a special video produced by Kelly Brothers Productions highlighting the honouree’s philanthropic contributions and impact on our community. Parting from tradition, this year Dave invited Sutton to join him on stage to interview Lifetime Philanthropist honouree Jim Gray, who offered words of wisdom and encouragement, a perfect way to end a week of celebrations.
Photos by Monique de St. Croix.