Tat­trie hon­ored as Ox­ford’s vol­un­teer of the year

Re­ceives cer­tifi­cate at pro­vin­cial awards ban­quet

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF an­drew.wagstaff@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADNan­drew

Her grand­daugh­ter was head­ing off to univer­sity, and needed some ex­tra money. Janet Tat­trie had an idea.

The Ox­ford re­tiree started gather­ing some items, and posted them on Face­book in an on­line auction. The event was suc­cess­ful, and the start of some­thing that would ben­e­fit many of those in the com­mu­nity in need of a help­ing hand.

“It sort of took off from there,” she said. “Peo­ple started to ap­proach me, say­ing this group needs money, and can we do an auction? It sort of boomeranged from there.”

She did an­other one last week for a lady who lost her hus­band sud­denly, and found her­self “in a bit of a bind.” Peo­ple started bring­ing Tat­trie items, and an auction raised $1,000 in a mat­ter of a few days.

She has also given to the lo­cal food bank, skat­ing club, and oth­ers from funds col­lected in the on­line auc­tions.

“It’s usu­ally fam­i­lies, like some­body who has cancer and needs to travel, or peo­ple in dis­tress,” she ex­plained. “Right now, I’m look­ing at some­one who needs den­tal work done. Wher­ever there’s a need.”

Tat­trie likes to keep busy, and re­tire­ment has not slowed her down.

When a lo­cal re­set­tle­ment com­mit­tee was formed to help an im­mi­grant fam­ily set­tle in Ox­ford, she stepped up and vol­un­teered.

“I thought it sounded very in­ter­est­ing,” she said.

“All of this stuff is very ed­u­ca­tional too. You learn a lot from things like that.”

Tat­trie is also in­volved with groups like the Ox­ford Lionettes, the Happy Neigh­bours Club, and more.

For this ded­i­ca­tion to her com­mu­nity, she was named by the Town of Ox­ford as its vol­un­teer rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the year, and re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate from Premier Stephen McNeil, Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter Leo Glavine and Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc dur­ing the re­cent an­nual vol­un­teer awards ban­quet in Hal­i­fax.

She said it was a lovely cer­e­mony, and great hon­our.

“I’m the sort of per­son who likes to stay in the back­ground, but they put me in the fore­ground right now and I’m kind of lik­ing it,” said Tat­trie. “Vol­un­teer­ing is just some­thing I en­joy. I get a lot of per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion out of it, and en­joy help­ing other peo­ple.”

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Janet Tat­trie was rec­og­nized as the Town of Ox­ford’s vol­un­teer rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the year dur­ing the re­cent pro­vin­cial awards ban­quet in Hal­i­fax, re­ceiv­ing her cer­tifi­cate from (from left) Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc, Premier Stephen McNeil and Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter Leo Glavine.

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