Congratulation to Angela Sereda who was nominated for the national Kubota Community Hero Award and placed in the top three. She was awarded $5000 to go to the charity of her choice
Sereda is chair of the board of Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw, which provides dignified end-of-life support and resources to the community. She joined the organization in 2017 and became the chair last October.
“It was humbling to know that the things I do every day are recognized,” Sereda told MooseJawToday.com. “I honestly had to think about it because I thought, ‘I don’t do a whole lot,’ but then when it was on paper it looked like a lot.”
Sereda is well-known in Moose Jaw for her prestigious career as an Advanced Care and Community Paramedic. She has spearheaded many initiatives, including additional medical support for those who struggle with mental illness and addictions.
Sereda said that when you do what you love, you don’t do it for recognition. “It just becomes what you do every day, so for someone to take the time to put my name in there was absolutely an honour.
She was nominated for the award by fellow Heartland Hospice board member Sara Bryan.
Ultimately, Sereda said, it’s about the work being done in the community and raising awareness of it. “I just want to congratulate all the entries into that award, because it is all about impacting our communities in a positive way, and to be a part of that group, I was just very honoured.”
The $5000 award will go toward helping Heartland Hospice add another two hospice beds in Moose Jaw. The Saskatchewan Health Authority approved the expansion in August, and the Heartland Hospice board met with Minister Everett Hindley in September to go over final plans. The expansion should take place in early 2022.
Sereda would like to see more people taking opportunities to volunteer, and realizing that their efforts can be significant.
“The biggest message is that anybody, whether you have a title or not, has the ability to impact someone's life every day,” Sereda affirms, “and that is what more communities need to see, is more people getting involved… because it can be the smallest thing, but it can make such a difference in someone life.”