Think about the events that wouldn’t happen if volunteers didn’t do what they do best, bring skills, labour, enthusiasm and commitment with the only goal to see a successful event like Billy Barker Days, Winter Carnival, Skyfest, our much-needed volunteer fire fighters and myriad of sports activities that depend on volunteers.
Communities rely on these armies of volunteers who make many events, services and causes possible. Quesnel is particularly blessed with excellent volunteers who commit to years of service and now is the time to recognize and honour these trojans who make Quesnel a wonderful place to work, live and play.
The deadline is drawing near for nomination submissions to City Hall and the box is empty right now. After 36 years of naming Volunteer Citizen of the Year, organizers are still hopeful nominations will come in before the deadline of March 17.
Everyone knows those who give selflessly to an organization or event. The ones who are first to step up and say, “I’ll do that.” Now is the time to pay tribute to those volunteer pillars of our community”.
Coun. Ron Paull, who is the city’s representative on the QVCofY committee has been a volunteer in Quesnel since he first arrived in 1970.
“My first volunteer effort was with the Quesnel Winter Frolics in 1970,” he said with a smile.
“When I started volunteering, people were volunteering and donating to the fun elements in the community. Now people are fundraising and volunteering for fundamental needs in the community, however, regardless of the event or cause, volunteer time is precious and needs to be recognized.”
Regardless of the reason, people continue to give of their precious leisure time and QVCofY wants to honour that effort and encourages the public to look around, it doesn’t take long to find deserving nominees. The form is relatively simple and can be picked up at City Hall, at the Observer office or online at www.quesnel.ca.
Any person, group or corporation, except City of Quesnel, the Quesnel Cariboo Observer and the Volunteer Citizen of the Year committee, may make a nomination.
The criteria for nominations is available on the forms.
Without any nominations there will not be a 2015 Volunteer Citizen of the Year.