Vol­un­teers cel­e­brated at CAB Rediker

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Last week was Vol­un­teer Week in Que­bec and the CAB RH Rediker held a spe­cial lun­cheon, last Fri­day, to cel­e­brate their ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. Bal­loons, rib­bons and flower cen­ter­pieces at ev­ery ta­ble greeted the vol­un­teers and spe­cial guests, in­clud­ing Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid, who at­tended.

Once the guests were seated, CAB di­rec­tor My­lene Labonté wel­comed ev­ery­one with the words of this year’s Vol­un­teer Week theme: “Votre pres­ence fait la dif­fer­ence - Your pres­ence makes all the dif­fer­ence!” “Vol­un­teers re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence and en­sure the well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity,” added the di­rec­tor sin­cerely.

Be­fore the buf­fet lun­cheon was served, two Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents, Dian Yu and Alex Cler­mont, spoke to the au­di­ence about their ex­pe­ri­ences vol­un­teer­ing with their school’s Com­mu­nity Ser­vice pro­gram. That pro­gram be­gan about ten years ago and has stu­dents reg­u­larly go­ing out into the Stanstead com­mu­nity and the Newport com­mu­nity to do vol­un­teer work such as tu­tor­ing el­e­men­tary school chil­dren, vis­it­ing with se­niors in se­niors res­i­dences and help­ing at the lo­cal Fron­tier an­i­mal shel­ter, in Og­den. “It’s been a lot of fun meet­ing all the kids in the schools,” com­mented Dian as she talked about her vol­un­teer work, in both English and French, with the help of a pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion.

Jovette Hig­gins and her cook­ing staff must have been happy to have their new mod­ern and ef­fi­cient kitchen to cook and serve up the lun­cheon buf­fet to the over fifty guests.

Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents Dian Yu and Alex Cler­mont spoke to the vol­un­teers at the CAB, last Fri­day, about their own ex­pe­ri­ences vol­un­teer­ing.

CAB di­rec­tor My­lene Labonté and CAB board mem­ber and vol­un­teer Joe Stairs Pierre Reid to the vol­un­teer lun­cheon held last Fri­day.

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