2012

Deb Blundell-Docherty
As Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s most requested VIP, Onkel Hans’ schedule requires more than just a simple day planner. Add the Steiner Brothers into the mix and things just start to get crazy! Enter Deb Blundell-Docherty, who not only ensures Onkel Hans and the Steiners make it to all of their engagements, but also often escorts them around town. Deb has been with the Festival since 1993, starting with the Women of the Year Committee, then moving to the Onkel Hans and the Hospitality Committees. In 2007, Deb stepped into the role of Chair of the Onkel Hans Committee (now the Oktoberfest Mascots Committee) and has been taking care of the mascots ever since. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest thanks and recognizes Deb Blundell-Docherty as one of the Volunteers of the Year for 2012.

Allan Cayenne
For the past five years, Allan Cayenne has brought his infectious humour and dedication to the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest team. Allan first joined the Public Relations Committee in 2007, then moved to the Marketing Committee in 2008. He became the Chair of this Committee in 2010 and has managed this large and busy portfolio since then. Allan has been instrumental in launching a social media campaign for the Festival, developing Industry Night at Concordia Club, working with festhallen to enhance attendance on ‘off’ nights and promoting the Festival on the cities’ university and college campuses. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest thanks and recognizes Allan Cayenne as one of the Volunteers of the Year for 2012.

Nancy Koebel
Every year, more than 200,000 people watch as colourful floats, clowns and marching bands make their way down King Street in Canada’s largest Thanksgiving Day parade. What they don’t see is all of the work that happens before the parade, and at the centre of all of the pre-action is Nancy Koebel, Chair of the Parade Committee. Nancy has been with the Festival since 1990, always with one of the Parade Committees. While she is seldom in the spotlight, Nancy’s quiet competence and ‘can do, will do’ attitude is one of the main reasons the parade goes down the route smoothly every year. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest thanks and recognizes Nancy Koebel as one of the Volunteers of the Year for 2012.

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