United Way volunteer is one of the Stars of Alberta

One of the youth volunteers on our Community Investment Committee has been honoured with a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. Mitchell Mulhull, a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School was one of the Youth recipients, and one of only six people in the province to receive this honour that recognizes extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the wellbeing of their community.

“I knew Mitchell was a very impressive young man when we met him at his first meeting,” said John Evans, Chair of the Community Investment Committee.

“He exemplifies so many things: maturity, generosity, humility, selflessness, and humanity.”

Volunteering over 600 hours annually, Mitchell has been a long-time leader of his school’s social justice group called “Teens for Change”. They have adopted a village in Sierra Leone. He also traveled to Kenya this summer where he worked with a community to help break the cycle of poverty.

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“It is not how much they can learn from us, but how much we can learn from them,” he said.

In addition to being a competitive swimmer and coach, Mitchell a hockey referee, baseball umpire, and an actor. He is also a passionate volunteer for the soup kitchen and Santas Anonymous.

“He is ridiculously amazing,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “We are so grateful that he spends time with the United Way, providing that valuable youth perspective to how funding get allocated.”

“The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards Program is an integral part of government’s commitment to Alberta’s voluntary sector,” reads the description on the Alberta Culture and Tourism website. “Seeking out ways to pay tribute to volunteers is part of the Government of Alberta’s way of acknowledging and thanking our volunteers whose generous efforts contribute to the vibrant quality of life Albertans so enjoy.”


Mitchell Mulhull clearly demonstrates that young people have incredible potential to be significant contributors to building a stronger, more resilient and remarkable community. That is was one of only 6 people to be acknowledge in the entire province speaks volumes to the impact he has made in Wood Buffalo. Congratulations Mitchell.



Author: Russell Thomas

​Russell is a marketing and communications professional who has spent 20 years in Wood Buffalo working with the OK Radio Group, Keyano College, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and now with The United Way of Fort McMurray. A regular blogger, Russell's writing can be seen online (www.middleagebulge.com) and in multiple publications. His paintings can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the community. Married to Heather and "Papa" to Dylan and Ben, Russell is a passionate spokesperson for United Way.