Leader with a heart in Alberni

Alberni's Sharlene Check is the winner the Community Heart Leader contest - a promotion of Shaw Cable and Peak FM. Check's prize was a notebook computer.

Sharlene Check has won the title of Community Heart Leader in a contest co-sponsored by Shaw Cable and 93.3 The PEAK.

Sharlene Check has won the title of Community Heart Leader in a contest co-sponsored by Shaw Cable and 93.3 The PEAK.

If Port Alberni is known as the “community with heart”, Sharlene Check is known as the Community Heart Leader.

Check was one of 15 people nominated for the title in a Shaw Cable and PEAK FM promotion. Community members voted for nominees on the PEAK’s website. She received her prize at the PEAK office Tuesday afternoon.

Check volunteers with Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association and Alberni Valley Fast Pitch Association. She also works at West Coast General Hospital.

“She is very passionate in her work and her volunteering,” said Carla Groeneveld, who nominated Check. “She puts in countless hours for our children. A lot of parents are in it for the socializing whereas she will do things for kids that aren’t even hers,” Groeneveld said.

Check has two children, one of whom is still involved in minor hockey. She has been involved with the AVMHA for six years.

Check won a notebook computer in the contest, which she says will come in handy. “The computer I use now is 17 years old. Last week when I was using it, it sounded like it might quit so this is a very timely win.”

– With files from Sonja Drinkwater