April 26, 1928 to February 3, 2017
For over 59 years, Bill Rees committed his life to volunteering across two YMCAs, in Regina and Edmonton. Although he began his volunteer career being volunt-told by his boss that he had a ‘volunteer’ opportunity that he couldn’t pass up, he became a role model for volunteerism. He was a true gentleman and exemplified the highest values, moral and ethical standards, and was an incredible community builder, volunteer and a true philanthropist. He gave generously of his time, his talents, experience, skills, and treasures.
Bill had an incredible impact not only within our association but on Ys and a couple of other organizations across Canada and around the world. He became a full-time volunteer in 1992 when he retired from the Government of Alberta.
During his volunteer career at the YMCAs he held many volunteer positions in the YMCA, including youth advisor, fitness and learns to swim instructor, board member, board chair, and campaign chair.
Bill was our YMCA elder and ambassador and inspired and motivated many, many people, young and old, each and every day with his energy, passion and enthusiasm. Bill loved the YMCA and everything it stands for.
In 2006, to honour Bill and his commitment to volunteerism we named these awards in his name.
Bill passed away at the age of 88. Our Y will not be the same, but his memory and legacy will live on.
He will be greatly missed.