A Lac La Ronge Indian Band member living in La Ronge is one of eight people who will be awarded the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal this year.

Dennis Sanderson is a community health worker who volunteers for a number of initiatives involving local youth.

He is a member of the Senator Mylve Venne School board who also volunteers on youth wilderness experiences, teaching survival skills, hunting and fishing, and traditional First Nations lifestyles.

Sanderson is also a coach and mentor for baseball and hockey teams, and helps raise funds for local youth sport teams — covering costs of meals, gas and accommodation.

As well, he organizes local recreation activities such as volleyball, floor hockey and basketball.

In addition to his volunteer work with youth, Sanderson is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band Housing Committee and the organizer of a men’s healing group.

The Medal recognizes outstanding volunteer service or exceptional community involvement.

The recipients will receive their medals this spring at Government House in Regina.

Recipients are selected by the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council from nominations submitted by the public.