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The community got the jump on Volunteer Appreciation Week (Apr. 12-18) with their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night, held at the Morinville Community Cultural centre Apr. 9. The evening event combined a Mediterranean meal catered by the Green Bean, entertainment by the Morinville Minstrels, the McDonald sisters and Dance Connections, as well as the handing out of awards in eight categories.
After reading the editorial on unrecognized volunteers in your April 8th edition, I have to admit I felt adequately chastised and disheartened at the lack of people stepping up to nominate the plethora of deserving volunteers in our community. I am ashamed to admit that though my intention for nominations was good, it lacked sufficient follow through in a timely manner. Yes, the proverbial ball was dropped. I am sad that so many of these incredibly hardworking and kind-hearted community helpers did not get the chance at the recognition they so deserve.
The Morinville News understands the importance of volunteers to the vibrancy of our community. That’s why each year we write an article or two to let our readers know it is time to nominate people for the various levels of volunteer awards. It’s why each year we take pictures of the people being recognized and publish them online and in print. It’s why we have chosen to create our an award in memory of one of our greatest volunteers — Paul Krauskopf.
They are the seniors selling raffle tickets in support of the local museum society or drop-in centre. They are a group of students spending their vacation helping to build a school in a village half way around the globe. They are the local businessmen and women who bring their skills and passion to the board of the local food bank or community league. They are Alberta’s incredible volunteers.
By Stephen DafoeMorinville – Volunteers will once again be recognized this year for their efforts in doing their part to build a better Morinville. Nominations are currently open for several categories of volunteer recognition and residents have until Apr. 12 to put forth the names of those they deem worthy of that recognition...
Story by Robert Jump / Photos by Lucie RoyMorinville – The cultural centre was packed to the rafters with volunteers and community spirit Friday night as Morinville recognized volunteerism in the community at its annual awards night. This year’s event carried a tropical theme complete with Polynesian dancers, island foods, and plenty of wiki tiki kitsch from the table centrepieces to the overall décor.
Although the décor and colourful commentary of emcee Paul Smith may have carried volunteers to island realms, the ceremony was very much grounded in Morinville, a fact made evident by the large turnout of volunteers...