Volunteers from across Nova Scotia, including representatives from Mi'kmaw communities, were honoured at the province's 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 9, at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.
Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine attended the ceremony to celebrate the selfless contributions made by nominated volunteers.
"On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I offer my sincere congratulations and gratitude to today's award recipients" said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. "Please continue to give, the work by all volunteers makes our province a richer and caring place in which to live."
The ceremony, which is part of National Volunteer Week, celebrated more than 75 volunteers nominated by municipalities and First Nations Bands.
"We are fortunate to live in a province where so many people are willing to give their time to benefit their fellow citizens," said Premier McNeil. "Today's recipients are shining examples of that spirit, helping strengthen our communities and enriching the lives of so many."
"Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan is helping to shape and design the way government recognizes and appreciates the contributions of communities and people from across the province."
The following are Guysborough County volunteers recognized at the award ceremony:
Municipality of the District of St. Mary's -- EDITH AUTON: For the last 20 years Edith has been President of the St. Mary's Dart Club planning its weekly games and organizing the teams. She has also been a huge contributor to the St. Mary's Lions Club for the last six years helping to organize events, activities, and fundraisers such as the Sherbrooke Show and the Shine Mobile canteen. She is particularly proud to have recently helped to raise enough money to provide 30 families with Christmas gifts. Edith has also volunteered on a weekly basis with St. Mary's Education Centre / Academy’s school fluoride program for the last six years. Every year she helps decorate Sherbrooke Village for its Old Fashioned Christmas and helps set up and raise money for St. Mary's Hospital Walk-a-thon.
Municipality of the District of Guysborough -- RUSSELL RICHARD: Russell has been, and continues to be a very influential person in his rural community of Charlos Cove, Guysborough County. For the last 50 plus years he has contributed to the needs of the community. He has organized and called bingo every Sunday afternoon for the last 30 years, he sits on the organizing committee for the Charlos Cove Picnic that takes place on Natal Day weekend every year. Russell volunteers at St. Josephs Church in Charlos Cove and also assists the seniors in the community by taking them to get groceries, driving them to appointments or by simply helping them around their house.
Town of Mulgrave -- JACKIE STOYLES: Volunteer work has always been a part of Jackie's life. When she first moved to Mulgrave 19 years ago, she volunteered to meet people and get better acquainted with the community. Since then she has contributed tremendously. She was instrumental in establishing the town’s first group of medical first responders, and has attended many medical calls herself. She’s helped organize two of the Fire Department’s major fundraising events, including Chase the Ace and Monte Carlo Night which contributes to the Department and Legion to help purchase equipment and maintain their building. Before she was a member of the fire department she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for 17 years. Beyond that Jackie has also been involved in local school sport programs, such as volleyball and basketball and is a past member of the Scotia Days committee.
For details about award winners around the province, visit: https://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/.