Leslie Peoples believes in the Golden Rule: to treat others the way you want to be treated.

It’s a principle that Peoples has followed in her everyday life, and in her job, working for the past 31 years as a nurse in Calgary and B.C.

“I read a quote once that said: “Try and be what was missing in your life,” Peoples says.

“I have a very strong inner-strength to do things that other people do not want to do, and I understand that about myself, and therefore it is almost a duty to help others.”

Over the years, Peoples has welcomed others facing difficult situations into her home and volunteers for the Airdrie Food Bank in her spare time.

Peoples was nominated for the Amazing Heart award six times by friends and family.

“A truly selfless person who only wants people to be happy,” nominator Robin Peoples says.

“She gave us a place to stay, she made sure we were eating, sleeping enough, we had everything we needed … She was the positive light through our darkest times,” nominator Jordan Seegmiller says.

“Leslie is a kind sweet woman who brings joy, laughter and love to anyone she meets,” says Debbie Seegmiller. “A woman with a heart of gold!”