20May 23

Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award Recipient

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Congratulations to Jarvis Pelletier, this year’s Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award recipient at LIT UP!.


At the LIT UP! gala this year, we acknowledged a special literacy volunteer.

Currently, Foundations works with 191 volunteers who put their mission and vision to work in the community and Jarvis is no exception.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Jarvis has been a volunteer with Foundations for five years. Most notably, as board chair, he led the board and agency through the pandemic. It has not been discussed enough, but non-profit board work during the pandemic was no joke. Strong governance, decision making practices, and leadership led many agencies into stronger positions than when they entered COVID. Foundations had Jarvis leading the way. His knowledge of IT helped them trouble-shoot when everything went virtual, and he is currently helping them plan for future IT needs.

His humour, marathon running, bad golf, love of The Mandalorian, eagerness to play Santa at SIGA’s Christmas celebrations, and appreciation for learning has greatly endeared him to Foundations’ staff and his board colleagues. He was an exceptional leader in a time of great concern.

In his day job Jarvis is the Vice President of Information Technology (IT) & Gaming Systems at SIGA. Jarvis is a member of Cowessess First Nation. He is a father, grandson, son, uncle, husband, and friend to everyone he meets.

Jarvis, it is an honour to have you involved in Foundations work. In the words of the Mandalorian “You mean more to us than you will ever know.”

Congratulations, Jarvis!