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Tri-County volunteers received provincial honours as volunteerism celebrated

Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: These are some of the people who volunteer with the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group, pictured after one of their breakfasts. Standing (from left): Bonnie Mahaney, Louise Theriault, Donna Harris, Walter Oikle, Brenda Hayter, Ron Wallet, Joanne Acker, Bill Acker. Seated: Nancy Mahaney, Ellen Nickerson, Haddie Hallett, Cathy MacKay.
Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: These are some of the people who volunteer with the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group, pictured after one of their breakfasts. Standing (from left): Bonnie Mahaney, Louise Theriault, Donna Harris, Walter Oikle, Brenda Hayter, Ron Wallet, Joanne Acker, Bill Acker. Seated: Nancy Mahaney, Ellen Nickerson, Haddie Hallett, Cathy MacKay. - Contributed

SOUTHWESTERN, N.S. – Again this year, residents of Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties were among those to receive volunteer appreciation awards from the province.

The volunteers were selected by their respective municipal units and attended the province's 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony today, April 9.

"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.

The following are the tri-counties’ representative volunteers for 2018:

Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Pat Potts
Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Pat Potts

Pat Potts

Town of Digby

Patricia “Pat” Potts is a longtime volunteer who has contributed to various community events and organizations. She has been involved in Grace United Church for over 60 years, especially enjoying her time in the choir. Through her love of golf, she has held a variety of positions at the local, provincial and Atlantic regional level. The Wharf Rat Rally, Lobster Bash and Bear River Cherry Carnival are a few examples of events she’s been involved in.

Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Robert Gaudet
Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Robert Gaudet

Robert Gaudet

Municipality of Digby

For 25-plus years, Robert Gaudet has been very consistent in supporting the Weymouth Kiwanis Club and Weymouth Fire Department with Canada Day celebrations, specifically the barbecue chicken dinner, for which he arranges the volunteers, handles the supplies and equipment, cooks hundreds of pieces of chicken, serves people and cleans up. Among other things, he also helps out at his church and has helped the Weymouth Amateur Athletic Association with several projects.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Roland Comeau
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Roland Comeau

Roland C. Comeau

Municipality of Clare

Roland C. Comeau was nominated by the Clare Golf and Country Club, where he has served on many committees, including serving as chair of the one that organized last year’s Atlantic Future Links golf tournament, which Clare hosted. Over the years, he has, among other things, canvassed businesses in Clare to support the Yarmouth Hospital Hullabaloo, helped with church fundraisers, assisted the Clare Food Bank, officiated local swim meets. He was involved in the Kidney Foundation for over 30 years.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Tony Dorrian
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Tony Dorrian

Tony Dorrian

Municipality of Yarmouth

Tony Dorrian is known to many people in the Yarmouth area for his volunteer activities, including co-chairing the Yarmouth County Community Health Board. He also is on the planning committee for Yarmouth’s annual Ten Thousand Villages event and is involved in the St. Ambrose refugee committee. He also hosts Eastlink’s In Focus interview program.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Annette Surette
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Annette Surette

Annette Surette

Town of Yarmouth

Annette Surette has been a dedicated volunteer at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, contributing over 6,000 hours of her time there. Her main volunteering takes place at the Dr. Edwin Janke Cancer Centre, where, among other things, she greets patients when they come in and checks with them during their treatment to see if they need anything. Generally, she helps anyway she can. Aside from the cancer centre, she also volunteers in the Yarmouth hospital’s gift shop a couple of times a month.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Félixa d'Entremont
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Félixa d'Entremont

Félixa d’Entremont

Municipality of Argyle

Félixa d’Entremont began volunteering over 40 years ago with a fundraiser for West Pubnico’s Acadian museum. She has done a good deal of volunteering for St. Peter’s Catholic Church, helping out with mass, readings, Communion, preparations for confirmation and whatever else was required. For many years, when events have been held to help people in need, she has been there doing her part.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Helen Leary
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Helen Leary

Helen Leary

Municipality of Barrington

Helen Leary has been involved with the Barrington Regional Curling Club in various capacities, including board member, Little Rocks coach, co-ordinator of the women’s league and co-ordinator of the stick-curling drop-in program. She helps in the kitchen during bonspiels. She also is involved in her church and has held a number of positions in this regard. Among other things, she has been a canvasser for Heart and Stroke and also canvassed for diabetes and used to delivered Meals on Wheels.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: David Cleaver
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: David Cleaver

David Cleaver

Town of Clark’s Harbour

David Cleaver has been heavily involved in the Royal Canadian Legion, including 12 years as president of the Cape Sable legion branch. He also has been involved in the New Horizons Seniors Club (twice serving as president), as well as the Lighthouse Theatre Group, Friends of the Cape Sable Light, Clark’s Harbour Parade Committee, Hilltop Cemetery and Archelaus Smith Museum. He is the local town crier and also has played Santa for the Clark’s Harbour children’s party.

Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Howard Roszel
Tri-County volunteers to receive provincial honours: Howard Roszel

Howard Roszel

Town of Lockeport

Howard Roszel has volunteered for a number of organizations, including the Lockeport legion – where he has held various positions – and Sou’west Nova Transit Association. Among other things, he has been active in his church (St. Andrews United) and has volunteered for the Shelburne County East EMO and the Shelburne County East police advisory committee. He regularly has helped out too with the local July 1 picnic.

Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Wayne Blinkhorn.
Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: Wayne Blinkhorn.

Wayne Blinkhorn

Town of Shelburne

Wayne Blinkhorn is a long-standing member of the committee that organizes the annual Shelburne Whirligig and Weathervane Festival. He also volunteers at the Sandy Point Community Hall, the Osprey Arts Centre and with the local Meals on Wheels program. His latest endeavour is participating in the restoration of the Mill Building on the corner of Dock and George streets.

Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: These are some of the people who volunteer with the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group, pictured after one of their breakfasts. Standing (from left): Bonnie Mahaney, Louise Theriault, Donna Harris, Walter Oikle, Brenda Hayter, Ron Wallet, Joanne Acker, Bill Acker. Seated: Nancy Mahaney, Ellen Nickerson, Haddie Hallett, Cathy MacKay.
Tri-county volunteers to receive provincial honours: These are some of the people who volunteer with the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group, pictured after one of their breakfasts. Standing (from left): Bonnie Mahaney, Louise Theriault, Donna Harris, Walter Oikle, Brenda Hayter, Ron Wallet, Joanne Acker, Bill Acker. Seated: Nancy Mahaney, Ellen Nickerson, Haddie Hallett, Cathy MacKay.

Sandy Point Community Recreation Group

Municipality of Shelburne

Formed in 1988, the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group has put in many volunteer hours to maintain their hall and the lighthouse, applying for grants and fundraising steadily. (They took ownership of the lighthouse in 2007.) They have ensured the community hall is fully utilized year-round through events that they host themselves and rentals. They host breakfasts, cater a variety of functions and hold monthly dances. Rentals include meetings, birthday parties and the like. The Sandy Point Lighthouse Community Centre is a hub in the community and has become a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

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