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Duke of Edinburgh's International Award announces 2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees

The Shriners  are among the new inductees in the Volunteer Hall of Fame
The Shriners are among the new inductees in the Volunteer Hall of Fame

St. John's – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Newfoundland and Labrador has announced its Volunteer Hall of Fame Award inductees.

Elaine Dobbin

“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,” Susan Green, chairman of the Volunteer Hall of Fame selection committee said in the news release. “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 inductees are:

Elaine Dobbin, perhaps best known for her work to create N's Opportunity Centre for Autism, with the building named after her.

“She is a champion of leadership and advocacy, and a woman whose heart and devotion truly knows no bounds,” the selection committee said in the news release.

Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador: The Shriners fuse research, outreach and innovation for children in need of specialized medical care.

“No matter how long or tumultuous the path of rehabilitation, the Shriners ensure each child they serve is empowered, physically, emotionally, and financially, to achieve their maximum potential,” the committee noted.

Gary Corbett, known for lifelong dedication to enhance sport, education, culture, and community at home and abroad.

“Basing his efforts within the simple concept of making life better for all, Gary is a creator of change who is as dynamic as he is experienced,” the release said.

Diane Daly: Responsible for millions of dollars in fundraising benefiting the Swilers Rugby Complex and NL Sports Centre, as well as numerous other causes and campaigns.

“An organizational magician and trusted community confidant for over 40 years, Diane has an energy and tenacity that is rare,”| the selection committee said.

St. Philip’s Women’s Institute: With more than 25 annual initiatives to their credit, the St. Phillip’s Women’s Institute has been building community spirit from home to Haiti since 1991.

The municipalities of Gander, Appleton, Glenwood, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Gambo: “On 9/11, the world experienced an unfathomable tragedy, but for the passengers of flights grounded in Gander as a result of the ongoing turmoil, they experienced humanity at its finest hour,” the selection committee said.

The awards gala will be held on Nov. 16 at Glendenning Golf.

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