New face in the race

Boudreau nominated for 2011 Volunteer Citizen of the Year

Helene Boudreau

Helene Boudreau

When Helene Boudreau was told she’d been nominated for 2011 Volunteer Citizen of the Year she couldn’t believe it.

“I do a few things but nothing major,” she said modestly.

“It’s just a couple of hours here and there.”

However, that translates into sitting on the executives of several organizations including the Seniors’ Society, lawn bowling, horseshoe club, Royal Canadian Legion as well as organizing fundraisers and other activities for a variety of causes.

In every letter of support on Boudreau’s behalf, they talked about her leadership skills, dedication to the organization and her ability to get things done, among other excellent qualities.

It’s an honour to have your fellow volunteers think that highly of you,” she said.

Simply put, Boudreau said all her volunteer commitments give her a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

“I do it because I enjoy the sport or the organization,” she said.

“So you need people to organize and keep it going.”

She added her involvement with the Red Cross Loans Cupboard was in response to an ad in the paper.

“Somehow I found myself helping with the administration and organization of these groups.”

When asked what makes a great volunteer, Boudreau took a minute to answer.

“A great volunteer has a willingness to do the work that needs to be done regardless of the task; takes great pleasure in working with others; and has an ability to recognize when you’re not enjoying it anymore, then it’s time to move on.”

Quesnel’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the gala event, April 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Legion Hall.

Tickets are $20 each at City Hall.