On September 9th, 2015, Destination Imagination North Dakota lost an advocate, friend, mentor, and evangelist. VaLois McConnell’s commitment to developing children was an integral part of her life in her time as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, Regional and Affiliate Appraiser, and Affiliate Challenge Master.

From its roots, Destination Imagination North Dakota has been a community built around volunteerism. Because of these roots, and the commitment to students, the Create North Dakota Board of Directors is proud to introduce a new award to celebrate volunteers and volunteerism.

The VaLois McConnell Volunteer Award honors those who demonstrate exceptional and uncommon levels of volunteer spirit, those whose sacrifices are not for themselves, but for others.

We say thank you to VaLois and to all volunteers who came before and who will follow.

We hope this award will serve as a legacy to her commitment to the students of Destination Imagination, creating a better place to live, work, and thrive.

2016 Recipient – VaLois McConnell
2017 Recipient