(Saint John, NB) They can be found in rinks, fields, and courts; on benches, in the bleachers, at the pool or the neighbourhood community meeting. They are volunteers. And although most are content to work behind the scenes for their team, club or cause; during volunteer appreciation week in April, they will get the spotlight.
This year marks the City’s third annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards to recognize the contributions and achievements of sport, recreation and community volunteers of the City of Saint John. “Saint John is well known for its volunteers, but its volunteers aren’t necessarily well known,” says Deputy Mayor Shelley Rinehart, who chairs the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Committee.
Last year’s award winners ranged from a seventeen year old sports volunteer to an eighty year old community centre volunteer. Nominees included sport league administrators, team coaches, parents, fans, community gardeners, seniors activity organizers, and individuals or groups behind a neighbourhood improvement initiative. “Our goal is to honour those who donate their time to improving the quality of life and well-being of citizens, says Rinehart, no matter what role they may serve in their organization.”
The 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Awards will recognize individual efforts in four categories as well as a company who supports a sport, recreation or community service: (1) outstanding volunteer contribution in a sport or recreation organization; (2) outstanding volunteer contribution to a community development initiative; (3) fundraiser of the year: sport & recreation; (4) fundraiser of the year – neighbourhood & community development; (5) corporate sponsor award.
Nomination forms must be submitted to the Leisure Services Department by March 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to be considered. More information is available by calling 642-7529.