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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.