Mark Hobeck - 2014 Spirit of Service Award Recipient

Sunshine announces Sergeant Mark Hobeck, the seventh recipient of the Wayne C. Dunn Spirit of Service Award.

Mark’s involvement with Sunshine began in 2000 as Sunshine’s police liaison with the Halifax Regional Police Service. As the new police liaison, he attended local Chapter meetings and furthered his involvement in the following years as first the Chapter’s Awareness Chair and then the Dream Fulfillment Chair. When the Chapter membership dwindled a few years later, Hobeck remained in contact with Sunshine’s head office and continued to deliver Dream Presentations for children across the province. According to Hobeck, “It wasn’t something I was prepared to give up.”

Throughout the following decade, Hobeck’s commitment to Sunshine remained consistent, even as he furthered his career in the Halifax Regional Police and continued to volunteer in his community as a coach.

During 2012, Hobeck contributed significantly to Sunshine in two key ways. For the Halifax DreamLift, Hobeck reviewed over 100 police officer applications before selecting the final volunteers who would be matched with the kids for the day and lifters who would help get the kids onboard safely.

Hobeck also saw an opportunity to create awareness of Sunshine in the community. That same year, he worked with Sunshine’s National Volunteer Manager, to organize the Foundation’s involvement in the 117th Natal Day Parade – an annual, city-wide celebration of Halifax’s founding. He coordinated volunteers and signage to ensure that Sunshine’s presence was noticed.

In 2013, Sunshine wanted to revitalize the Halifax-Dartmouth Chapter and Hobeck eagerly took on the role of Chapter president. Since the Chapter’s rebirth, Hobeck has organized two successful Bright Night, Big Dreams events using them as venues to engage Sunshine Alumni and new supporters, while fundraising to make more dreams come true.

He has also found time in his busy schedule to attend Sunshine’s National Partner Conference in 2013, the Chapter President’s meeting in 2014 and serve as a volunteer for events like the Bluenose Marathon in June 2014. Hobeck is a police sergeant and criminal investigator with the Halifax Regional Police and was featured in the Sunshine 2013 Spring Newsletter for his exceptional volunteer contribution.

“Mark exemplifies the best of what our Sunshine volunteers contribute every single day,” says Adam Jean, President of The Sunshine Foundation’s National Board of Directors. “He displays compassion, hope, joy and the belief that he can give a child a sense of confidence and independence by making dreams come true. On behalf of Sunshine’s Board of Directors and the children we serve across Canada, I am so grateful to congratulate Mark on receiving this award.”