Deputy Mayor Clayton Walsh made the announcement at the Town of Grand Bank’s volunteer social May 16 at the Grand Bank Lions Community Centre.
Welsh outlined some of the accomplishments of the Gran-For-Line Association that has been helping challenging needs individuals for more than 35 years in the Grand Bank-Fortune-Lamaline area.
As well as special projects like building a wheel chair ramp so an individual had easier access to their home and installing a wheel chair swing in Horsebrook Park in Fortune, Walsh said the Gran-For-Line Association hosts socials, dinners and dances throughout the year at no cost to the clients.
“This work is all done by a volunteer board that receives no government funding and as a result they fundraise to run their programs,” explained Walsh.
“They do this for the sheer pleasure of seeing the faces of some very special people light up with excitement when you ask them to dance or when they win a prize.”
Gran-For-Line Association president Elvina Brushett expressed satisfaction at receiving the award.
“It is nice to know that what we do is appreciated by the community,” she said.
All volunteers at the social were recognized with tokens of appreciation. Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews paid tribute to the many volunteers who he said add immensely to the life of the community.
“During volunteer week, we hear a lot about slogans and the like, but that is not what it is all about. It’s all about you; it’s you that make the difference in your community. Without you, our community would not be like it is today. We do appreciate your efforts,” he said.
The Recreation and Youth Committee of the Town Council and the town’s Recreation Commission organized the volunteer social.