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Volunteers recognized as valuable assets of community


Last week, Apr. 21-27 was Volunteer Appreciation Week in Newfoundland and Labrador.

BY GEORGE MACVICAR

PAUL HERRIDGE

& VICKI LOCKYER

The Southern Gazette

The Town of Marystown, in conjunction with its Recreation Committee, hosted some 60-community volunteers Wednesday.

The appreciation night at St. Gabriel’s Hall was part of Volunteer Week activities throughout the province, Apr. 21-27. Theme of the week was ‘Let’s make some noise’.

Those present represented fellow volunteers in groups such as health care and service organizations, seniors groups, community living, playground committees, family aid, minor hockey, library board, Marystown Fire Department, etc.

Deputy-mayor Keith Keating reiterated volunteers are the heart of the community.

“We couldn’t do it without the hours you put into it. Remember the (enormous) effort you put into our town freely of your time.”

Mr. Keating noted there are 35 million volunteer hours of service donated to our communities through Newfoundland and Labrador.

GRAND BANK

The Town of Grand Bank offered tribute to the community’s many volunteers, during a social at Partanna Auditorium Thursday evening.

This year’s ‘Volunteer Group of the Year’ award was presented to the Frazer Park Christmas Committee.

Spearheaded by Chris Emberley, the group was formed two years ago, with an intent to bring the Christmas spirit back to the town’s downtown area, and was lauded during the presentation for its efforts in successfully doing so.

Committee members Dallas Clarke and Theresa Burton were on hand to accept the plaque.

Meanwhile, Grand Bank Recreation Commission member Linda Hunt was presented with a 2013 Volunteer Recreation Recognition award.

The honour is bestowed by Recreation NL, in partnership with the provincial government and Downhome Life, as a means to celebrate contributions in the field of recreation that benefit the lives of residents and their communities.

Fellow Recreation Commission member Shirley Scott, who emceed the ceremony, acknowledged Mrs. Hunt as a dedicated volunteer.

“For the past 10 years, she has helped numerous youth become role models for our community.”

During his greeting, Mayor Darrell Lafosse acknowledged the tireless efforts of volunteers in the community and across the province.

“A lot of what goes on in this town would not happen without you guys there in your capacity as volunteers, and from council’s perspective, we certainly want to take time to say thank you for everything you do.”

ST. LAWRENCE

Marsha Gaulton welcomed 30 plus volunteers to the annual volunteer social Thursday hosted by the U.S. Memorial Health Care Centre in St. Lawrence.

The Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist and coordinator of volunteer services thanked each and every one for their continuing contribution to the hospital. Ms. Gaulton also acknowledged the importance of community support in care of residents in the facility.

Rosalie Dupre, Coordinator of patient/resident care, also voiced her gratitude for the passion and tireless actions of the volunteers from the community.

“What a lifelong impact it has on the patients. Not only in time of recreation, but also in illness and palliative care. Volunteers touch every aspect of patient care and the staff and residents of USMHCC are very grateful for it and the dependence on the various volunteering committees is great.”

St. Lawrence Mayor Wayde Rowsell added his words of thanks on behalf of the Town, touching on the resilience and spirit of giving in the community.

BY GEORGE MACVICAR

PAUL HERRIDGE

& VICKI LOCKYER

The Southern Gazette

The Town of Marystown, in conjunction with its Recreation Committee, hosted some 60-community volunteers Wednesday.

The appreciation night at St. Gabriel’s Hall was part of Volunteer Week activities throughout the province, Apr. 21-27. Theme of the week was ‘Let’s make some noise’.

Those present represented fellow volunteers in groups such as health care and service organizations, seniors groups, community living, playground committees, family aid, minor hockey, library board, Marystown Fire Department, etc.

Deputy-mayor Keith Keating reiterated volunteers are the heart of the community.

“We couldn’t do it without the hours you put into it. Remember the (enormous) effort you put into our town freely of your time.”

Mr. Keating noted there are 35 million volunteer hours of service donated to our communities through Newfoundland and Labrador.

GRAND BANK

The Town of Grand Bank offered tribute to the community’s many volunteers, during a social at Partanna Auditorium Thursday evening.

This year’s ‘Volunteer Group of the Year’ award was presented to the Frazer Park Christmas Committee.

Spearheaded by Chris Emberley, the group was formed two years ago, with an intent to bring the Christmas spirit back to the town’s downtown area, and was lauded during the presentation for its efforts in successfully doing so.

Committee members Dallas Clarke and Theresa Burton were on hand to accept the plaque.

Meanwhile, Grand Bank Recreation Commission member Linda Hunt was presented with a 2013 Volunteer Recreation Recognition award.

The honour is bestowed by Recreation NL, in partnership with the provincial government and Downhome Life, as a means to celebrate contributions in the field of recreation that benefit the lives of residents and their communities.

Fellow Recreation Commission member Shirley Scott, who emceed the ceremony, acknowledged Mrs. Hunt as a dedicated volunteer.

“For the past 10 years, she has helped numerous youth become role models for our community.”

During his greeting, Mayor Darrell Lafosse acknowledged the tireless efforts of volunteers in the community and across the province.

“A lot of what goes on in this town would not happen without you guys there in your capacity as volunteers, and from council’s perspective, we certainly want to take time to say thank you for everything you do.”

ST. LAWRENCE

Marsha Gaulton welcomed 30 plus volunteers to the annual volunteer social Thursday hosted by the U.S. Memorial Health Care Centre in St. Lawrence.

The Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist and coordinator of volunteer services thanked each and every one for their continuing contribution to the hospital. Ms. Gaulton also acknowledged the importance of community support in care of residents in the facility.

Rosalie Dupre, Coordinator of patient/resident care, also voiced her gratitude for the passion and tireless actions of the volunteers from the community.

“What a lifelong impact it has on the patients. Not only in time of recreation, but also in illness and palliative care. Volunteers touch every aspect of patient care and the staff and residents of USMHCC are very grateful for it and the dependence on the various volunteering committees is great.”

St. Lawrence Mayor Wayde Rowsell added his words of thanks on behalf of the Town, touching on the resilience and spirit of giving in the community.

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