More than 75 local residents were honoured for their community service at an award ceremony last week.
Volunteers from a plethora of local agencies, organizations and service clubs received Volunteer Service Awards from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration at the Perth County ceremony, one of 55 across the province.
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance made frequent appearances on the winners list. President and CEO Andrew Williams said the work of the organization depends on those community-minded citizens.
“We couldn’t provide the service that we do, we couldn’t raise the money that we do, without people stepping up,” he said. “It blows me away, to be really honest. The amount of time that people give to the organization and to the community and to the patients that we support, it’s incredible.”
Volunteers from across the county were honoured for five, 10, even 30 and 40 years of service. A few special recipients, one with the HPHA, were recognized for a whopping half century of volunteer work with the same organization.
“We’ve got some people who have really made it a life passion to be part of our team from a volunteer point of view, and it makes all the difference in the world,” Williams said.
“They’re often the first person you see when you come to the hospital. They’re the smiling face when you walk in the front door. They relieve stress and tension for patients and family members through the support they provide, and they’re just invaluable.”
Numerous organizations depend on volunteer power to keep afloat. Scouts Canada was another organization with a strong showing at the Volunteer Service Awards.
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