Volunteer instructor in Fitness Centre

Bill Rees Volunteer Awards

Bill Rees

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.

Volunteers are the Key to the YMCA’s Success

"The Y is making a trenendous effort to reach the full potential of their volunteer program. Volunteers bring themselves, their skills, and their commitment, al of which are essential to working with people. When our volunteers give themselves, they extend their spirit of helping others. That is what a healthy community is all about."
-Bill Rees

The 2020 Bill Rees Volunteer Awards celebrate volunteers who inspire, empower, and engage others in making our community a better place. Submit your nomination(s) by March 17, 2020. Nominations can be made in one of the five categories:

  • Policy: A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the management and governance of the YMCA.
  • Program or Service: A volunteer who has made a difference in the programs and services offered and/or delivered by the YMCA.
  • Fundraising: A volunteer who tells the YMCA story and provides support and leadership to fundraising efforts.
  • Youth: A volunteer, 25 years or younger, who provides leadership and makes a significant contribution to the YMCA.
  • Volunteer of the Year: A volunteer who demonstrates and models a commitment to the YMCA and goes above and beyond expectations.