Dan Rotzien first became aware of The Angels Anonymous Connection when a wish was granted to his niece Keri to go to Disneyland with her Mom and sister. He, his wife Sharon and Keri’s sister, Jamie came to their first July fundraising dinner in 2006 where Dan made an emotional speech about Keri and the significance that the wish had on her and her family.
Dan became a Board Member the following October and his contributions have been instrumental to the success of Angels Anonymous. When prospective Board members are being interviewed, they are asked “Why do you want to become a board member?” Dan’s reply was “I want to give back for Keri”.
And give back he did. Not only was Dan committed to Angels Anonymous but his wife Sharon, their families, friends and co-workers were and still are there to donate their time, money, support events and help out when needed. Within a year Dan became Vice-President of the Board and handled that job with the same passion and commitment. In 2009 Dan’s career responsibilities changed and he felt that he could not continue on the Board and provide the same level of dedication as he had in the past. Although Dan is no longer a Board Member he has never stopped supporting The Angels Anonymous Connection. Keri would be so very proud.
This July we were honored to make J’lyn an Honorary Board Member. For the past ten years she has worked with us at our Annual Fundraiser as MC, even going so far as to re-schedule her holidays so that she could be at the Event. She has interviewed applicants for us and even helped grant a wish for a young man to go and see a hockey game.
J’lyn is an award winning journalist with 23 years experience in television and radio, as well as being a published author. J’lyn has a passion for military history and more importantly, our military families. She is Patron of the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre. One of her greatest commitments is the Annual Provincial Remembrance Day Service at the Butterdome in Edmonton. She has spent countless hours writing the service for the yearly event and then presenting it every November 11th.
She works tirelessly to give a voice to those that cannot through her career as radio host at CHED in Edmonton. She inspires those around her to do their best, and we are grateful that she has been involved with our organization.
Bob was co-owner of Michener Allen Auctioneering, one of the largest public car and truck auctions in Canada. We are fortunate to not only have him as our auctioneer at our annual fundraising dinners but he also agreed to be on our Honorary Board of Directors. Bob and his wife Margaret love travelling and have been on the go since his retirement 12 years ago.
When asked to prepare a short biography for us, Bob was more inclined to write about what Angels Anonymous means to him than to talk about himself. He wrote: “Last July 2003 I was asked to conduct a Charity Auction for Angels Anonymous. It was their first fundraiser. I met Wendy Grahl and her terrific Board at the fundraiser. I had the pleasure of meeting Brenda, a dream recipient, whose dream was to go to Last Vegas and Angels Anonymous made the dream come true. Brenda brought the house down that evening with her singing. Angels Anonymous is a cause I really support.”
We like to say that Bob has the ability to take your money and make you feel good that he did!