The votes have been tallied for the winner of the Kubota Community Hero Contest.

A man from Magog, Quebec won first but local resident Angela Sereda placed just behind him.

Sereda made the top 3 finalists and she says to just have made that far was a victory in itself.

"Just to be nominated was a big honor and you know, I think making the top 3 across Canada is again another honor... as long as we're helping individuals within our community, I think everyone wins," says Sereda.

Sereda co-founded the Tru-Unity Girls leadership Program 6 years ago and it continuously inspires and teaches young women through the program. She has also been working in Paramedicine for almost 30 years and she's the Chair of the Heartland Hospice In Moose Jaw.

She's also recently established the ‘Community Paramedic Connected-Care Model’ which provides medical support, treatment, and resources for local people who are dealing with mental health illness and substance abuse disorder. She is also creating and teaching curriculum-based basic medical skills to elementary and high school students in the city and the surrounding area.

Even though she didn't win first place she's still bringing home $5,000 to give to a charity.

As she is on the board of Heartland Hospice, she's decided to put the money towards the expansion of their services.

"I think it just comes with great timing of our recent approval for expansion of services here in Moose Jaw, that the $5,000 can go towards that initiative to help advance and create more spaces for hospice in Moose Jaw," says Sereda.

The Hospice will begin to expand in the new year and the board will be releasing fundraisers to support the expansion at that time.



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