Over 50 volunteers representing sports, recreation and community organizations were recognized for their contributions to the quality of life and well being of Saint John citizens at a celebration held Wednesday, April 13 at the Lily Lake Pavilion.
The 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Awards recognized individual efforts in four categories: outstanding volunteer contribution in a sport or recreation organization; outstanding volunteer contribution to a community development initiative; fundraiser of the year – sport and recreation, and; fundraiser of the year – neighbourhood and community development. As well there was a corporate sponsor award.
The celebration was a joint effort of Mayor and Council, the Leisure Services Advisory Board, and the Leisure Services and Communications departments. Its purpose was threefold:
- To honour the contributions and achievements of sport, recreation and community volunteers of the City of Saint John.
- To promote volunteerism through increased recognition.
- To foster civic pride by honouring those who serve their community.
The appreciation celebration was held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week April 10-16, 2011.
Front row, left to right:
Volunteer of the Year in Community Development Nancy Savoie, Volunteer of the Year in Recreation Linda Nickerson, Volunteer of the Year in Sport Peter McGuigan, Volunteer of the Year in Community Development Gerry Hudson, Volunteers of the Year in Recreation Odette and Tim McGrath,
Back row, left to right:
Volunteer of the Year in Sport Mike Fox, Fundraiser of the Year in Community Development Dale Knox, Corporate Sponsor of the Year CBC Information Morning (Steven Webb, Hance Colburne), Fundraiser of the Year in Recreation Bill Merrifield, Corporate Sponsor of the Year (Linda Grant representing Tim Hortons),Volunteer of the Year in Sport Harold Stears, Volunteer of the Year in Community Development Blake Lambert, Corporate Sponsor of the Year J.D. Irving Ltd (James K. Irving), Volunteer of the Year in Recreation Barry Roberts
Fundraiser of the Year in Community Development, Danny Jardine, Corporate Sponsor of the Year Tim Hortons (Darcy & Barb Murphy)