2019

Greg Brown

For 26 years, Greg Brown has been a member of the Oktoberfest family, volunteering with the Oktoberfest Mascots Committee. Everyone looks forward to seeing Greg – his infectious smile and willingness to assist with any task make him an invaluable team member. While he is rarely in the spotlight himself, Greg gives a standout performance when it comes to supporting the festival and his fellow volunteers, even taking it upon himself to stock the Onkel Hans vehicles with treats for everyone to enjoy while doing the Mascots tour. His dedication year after year makes him a very worthy recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Liz Degutis

With a constant smile and quiet enthusiasm, Liz Degutis has been supporting Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest for almost two decades, most recently on the A Blooming Affair Committee. Over the years, Liz has also been part of the Women’s Committee, the Pageant Committee and was a festival representative in Blumenau, Colombia. Liz is reliable, consistent, and has a unique ability to build relationships that sustain and grow the festival’s volunteers, vendors and attendees. She is quick to recognize the work of others, and now it is her turn to be recognized for her valuable contributions to the festival.

Andy Neufeld

No job is too big or too small for Andy Neufeld. Whether it be decorating, tear down, meeting and greeting, assisting with keg tappings or spearheading the keg float in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, he can be relied on for support. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Andy joined the Keg Tapping Team (formerly the Conventions Committee) in 1998. Twenty-two year later, he still shows the same enthusiasm and dedication as he did when he first joined the Oktoberfest family – as soon as Andy puts on his tracht, he exudes the Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit.

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