Former board chair, Sandy Vander Ziel’s passion to tackle youth crime started when Sandy was a teenager herself. The actions of a young offender had a tragic impact on many lives, including Sandy and her family. Some people would have understandably withdrawn and distanced themselves from a circumstance like this, but not Sandy. She found resolve deep in her heart to reach out and make a difference somehow, so that others would not experience what she had to endure. It takes a special person to find meaning and purpose inside of a devastating event, and rise above it to improve the lives of others.
It is for this reason that we have established an award to recognize those who have been affected by crime and found it within their heart to take a negative circumstance and use it to make a positive change. This award will seek nominations every year from Calgarians. Please join me in congratulating Sandy as our first recipient of the Sandy Vander Ziel Heart of Change Award.
We invite you to nominate someone who has been negatively affected by a crime – and has turned that experience around and used it to make a positive change – in themselves, their family or their community.