The Volunteer Hall of Fame Awards celebrate the commitments of some longtime contributors in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Each year the selection committee is privileged to get a glimpse into the depth and breadth of the volunteer efforts that are the lifeblood of our communities,” says Susan Green, chair of the Volunteer Hall of Fame selection committee. “It is a really awe-inspiring opportunity to learn of the extensive contribution made by volunteers in every aspect of community life throughout our province.”
The awards gala took place Thursday evening, where three individuals and three organizations were celebrated.
Elaine Dobbin who is probably best known for her work to create Newfoundland and Labrador’s Opportunity Centre for Autism, was inducted on Thursday evening.
“I’m so proud,” she said. “I’ve had so many great people help me out over the years, it’s such an honour to be here.”
Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador are devoted to helping children in need of specialized medical care, and were inductees at the 2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame Awards.
Gary Corbett has dedicated his life to enhance sport, education, culture and community. He was inducted on Thursday evening.
Diane Daly, who is responsible for numerous causes and campaigns, including fundraising for the Swilers Rugby Complex and the N.L. Sports Centre, was also an inductee.
The St. Philip’s Women’s Institute, which has more than 25 annual initiatives, was named an inductee.
Finally, the municipalities of Gander, Appleton, Glenwood, Lewisporte, Norris Arm, and Gambo were named inductees. On Sept. 11, 2001, passengers of international flights grounded in Gander, and these six communities showed unconditional support and generosity to these individuals.