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City holds first-ever Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

14-Apr-2011
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.

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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

Missing:

Fundraiser of the Year in Community Development, Danny Jardine,  Corporate Sponsor of the Year Tim Hortons (Darcy & Barb Murphy)

Award Recipients

Fundraiser of the Year in Recreation                     Bill Merrifield

Fundraiser of the Year in Community Development   Dale Knox

Fundraiser of the Year in Community Development   Danny Jardine

Volunteer of the Year in Sport                             Mike Fox

Volunteer of the Year in Sport                             Harold Stears

Volunteer of the Year in Sport                             Peter McGuigan

Volunteer of the Year in Recreation                      Linda Nickerson

Volunteer of the Year in Recreation                      Barry Roberts

Volunteers of the Year in Recreation                     Odette & Tim McGrath

Corporate Sponsor of the Year                  J.D. Irving Ltd (James K. Irving)

Corporate Sponsor of the Year                  Tim Hortons (Darcy & Barb Murphy)

Corporate Sponsor of the Year                  CBC Information Morning

Volunteer of the Year in Community Development                    Nancy Savoie

Volunteer of the Year in Community Development                    Gerry Hudson

Volunteer of the Year in Community Development                    Blake Lambert

Nominees

Anne McShane
Bernard Brideau
Bertha Boyle
Betty Hitchcock
Betty Lizotte
Bobby Hayes
Brenda McCormack
Brenda Thibault
Cara Miller
Carol Polley
Cheryl Brown

Cindy Blizzard
Dorothy MacDonald

Doug Deering
Dr. Shelley Rinehart
Elaine Orser
Ellen Sargent
Erica Lane
Gary Crossman
Gary Lawson
Haley Maillet
Jim Buckley
Joan Doiron

John McNamee
Kelsey Forbes
Leo Maloney

Lisa Betts
Martha Frank
Marthe Larson Haarr
Michelle Irvine
Nadine Richard
Robert Boyce
Shannon Tufts
Shaundell Curran
Sherman Palmer
Terry Pierce
Warren Tieman
Wendell Dryden