Volunteer of the Year Award

Have you ever thought about the logistics in hosting over 700,000 Festival-goers during a 9-day international Festival promoting the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit? Although Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest employs eight full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of our over 500 volunteers to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival — Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Since 1969, our constant growth and success promoting a unique German heritage experience is a testament to our dynamic volunteers.

Each year Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest volunteers are nominated to win the Volunteer of the Year award. The recipients are chosen by an impartial panel and awards are presented at the President’s Invitational Luncheon on the Thursday of the Festival.


Christina Yee  She has been a volunteer for over 17 years

Volunteer of the Year 2015 Brigitte Budaker

Brigitte Budaker Brigitte Budaker, a former Miss Transylvania, is in her 26 year

Anne Foster

2104 Volunteers of the Year, Cindy Coombes and Anne Foster.

President Harry Vogt and Brenda Fisher

2013 Volunteers of the Year, Brenda Fisher and Chris Seehawer.

Nancy Koebel, Allan Cayenne, Deb Blundell-Docherty

2012 Volunteers of the Year, Nancy Koebel, Allan Cayenne, Deb Blundell-Docherty.

Mark Potter with Past President, Vic Degutis

2011 Volunteer of the Year, Mark Potter.

Stefan Schuster, Wendy Schuster and Kevin Schmitt

2010 Volunteers of the Year, Stefan Schuster, Wendy Schuster, Kevin Schmitt.

Jane Jantzi

2009 Volunteers of the Year, Jane Jantzi, Lorraine Cress, Paul Hauck.