NAMELESS COVE, NL – Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Pearl Walsh of Nameless Cove has been giving back to her community through numerous volunteer initiatives for decades.
Walsh is president of the local 50+ Club. She’s been a member of the Flower’s Cove Lioness Club for decades, is a long-time volunteer with her church, and has also volunteered with the Regional Community Youth Centre.
She also steps in to help with any special projects the community may undertake.
Members of the 50+ Club meet monthly at the Flower’s Cove Lions Centre and fundraise by hosting card games, bake sales as well as other initiatives that might bring in a few dollars.
Walsh said she also enjoys her volunteer work with the Lioness Club.
“We meet every third Thursday of the month. We cater to suppers and, the last couple of years, we’ve been doing a special project.”
The projects included knitting slippers for abused women and handcrafting quilts for the Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp.
The Lioness Club’s current project is in support of the Flower’s Cove Winter Carnival, Walsh said. Club members meet once a week to work on the project.
“We are making a quilt for that and we will make some cookies to make a bit of money at the Carnival,” she said.
Walsh also enjoys her volunteer work with the Roman Catholic Church, which also includes some fundraising to support the church.
Walsh and her husband Michael (Mike) Walsh have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Whether it’s her involvement with Come Home Year celebrations for Flower’s Cove or any of the other activities that take her away from their home, Walsh said, her husband supports her volunteer work.
Not one for the spotlight, Walsh downplays her lifelong contribution to her community. She enjoys every opportunity to get out and socialize, she said.
“I’m not as involved now in some things as I was years ago. But I still like to be involved. It’s great to get out. And that’s what (volunteer work) is all about,” she said.
When it comes to community service, Christopher Mitchelmore has followed in his grandmother’s footsteps. Mitchelmore is MHA for St. Barbe-L'anse aux Meadows as well as the province’s minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation and minister responsible for Francophone Affairs.
When contacted for comments about his grandmother, Mitchelmore described her as a hard worker, baker extraordinaire, committed volunteer, awesome card partner and a great supporter of her growing family.
“As a child my grandmother would always be baking up a batch of goodies, which hasn’t stopped. There is always a square, a cup of tea and a warm welcome for anyone at her home,” he said via e-mail.
“She is there to lend her hand to help. She’s helped me in business, through Flower’s Island Museum and given many hours of her time since then, as she does with so many others,” he added.
Mitchelmore said he enjoys spending time with both his Nan and Pop.
“There is nothing like a road trip to Conche, hearing accordion music or listening to Skipper Hots band, but my favourite moments are the ones when we get to slow down a little and play our favourite card game – Rook.
“Nan and I are partners and we always do our best to win. It’s these family moments of travel, music, food, celebration or just being together in which I know how lucky I am to have such an amazing grandmother in my Nan Pearl.”
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