Orange Brunch 2023

Happy National Volunteer Week!

We are Better, Together. This year, we kicked off Volunteer Week by hosting Orange Brunch — our community appreciation event which is all about saying thank you to our wonderful volunteers for their invaluable contributions over the past year, making it possible to do the work we do. Each year, we invite staff around the DI to nominate volunteers and community members for our Orange Brunch values awards.

In just one year, you have contributed 42,934 volunteer hours!
That is equivalent to 23 full-time staff members!

The brunch was held at The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre on Sunday, April 16th and was comprised of a delicious brunch buffet with live entertainment by Amy Hef, a poignant presentation by our Keynote Speaker, Alice Lam, and a volunteer awards ceremony that recognized individuals and groups who exemplify our core values as an agency.

Values Awards Definitions:


Congratulations to the 2023 Values Award Winners!

Individual Awards
Respect – Terry Horne
Kindness – Peggy Bell
Accountability – Amanda Espinoza
Wellness – Larry Boratynec
Community – Graham Petropolis-Duff
Newcomer – Elijah Joseph
Legacy – Rick Cunningham

Group Awards
Respect – TC Energy
Kindness – Ovintiv
Accountability – Youth Central
Wellness – Options
Community – Coats for Calgary
Newcomer – Morgan Stanley
Legacy – Stampede Toyota & Lexus of Calgary


It was wonderful to see everyone this year at our first community recognition event since 2019 — we truly missed you! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to celebrate our amazing community!

Check out the video and images below for highlights from Orange Brunch 2023.