'We owe them a lot'
© Jonathan Riley
A small sampling of Digby volunteers the mayor rounded up on a quick drive on Saturday morning--deadlines. The problem with volunteers is they're all too busy to be in photos...
Recreation Nova Scotia has chosen Digby and the Municipality of the District of Digby as the 2013 Model Volunteer Community of the Year.
RNS choses one community every year “that has shown support for volunteers, that has worked together as a community on a project or projects to enhance the lives of its members, and managed through the support of volunteers, to make their community a better place in which to live.”
Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland says volunteers are behind all the good things that happen in this area.
“When you look at the success of Scallop Days, Wharf Rat Rally, Freeport Days, Weymouth Canada Day, Good Time Days, Cherry Carnival, the Fire Truck Rally, the up-coming Lobster Bash, the list goes on and on,” says the mayor. “And there are many many more volunteers providing less glamourous but important services to this community. We owe them a lot.”
This is the first time RNS has awarded the honour to two municipalities jointly.
“That says a lot about how well and how closely we work together here,” says Cleveland.
Bob Powell, director of the Digby Area Recreation Commission, submitted the nomination for the Digby area.
“The great thing here is, even though the event may be held in one area, the volunteers come from all over,” says Powell. “It’s great how everyone works together.”
He says in the last few years the community has gone above and beyond with the volunteers who came out for the Senior Curling Championships, the Junior A hockey games, swimming provincials as well as creating new festivals.
“These events require not just a lot of volunteers—but well-trained and committed volunteers,” says Powell.
He is pleased with the award.
“I know there were other nominations. They told me ours was solid and well-deserved. This really highlights what the area has been trying to do and it’s great to see it recognized.”
Representatives from the town and municipal councils will be headed to Halifax on Monday, April 15 for the provincial volunteer award ceremony.
Digby Area Recreation will also hold their annual volunteer appreciation and award ceremony Wednesday evening, April 24 at the Digby Fire Hall.