Parkinsons group chooses first local volunteers of the year
Two members of the Trinity Conception Support Group of the Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador (PSNL) were honoured at a ceremony in Harbour Grace last week.
Ross LeDrew of Carbonear and Edgar Snow of Harbour Grace were named the first Volunteers of the Year for the chapter.
“We’ve asked all of the chapters to select volunteers of the year,” said Patricia Morrissey, executive director of PSNL, who was at the April 8 ceremony held at the Harbour Grace Town Hall.
June Hunt is co-chair of the Trinity Conception Support Group.
“Ross and Edgar are truly outstanding volunteers who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the Support Group and to the whole Society that is not easily matched,” Hunt said.“We are a small group and depend on our members to help spread awareness and raise funds.
“Ross and Edgar have organized and operated our major fundraiser, SuperWalk for three years. This is a huge undertaking since they canvass all areas in Trinity and Conception Bays. Ross and Edgar are readily available to help in any way they can,” Hunt continued.
In fact, she said, over the past three years the SuperWalk Committee has managed to raise between $12,000 and $15,000 for Parkinson’s. The money goes to fund research, education, advocacy and support services for people living with the disease.
“For a small charity like the Parkinson Society, if we didn’t have volunteers like these, we just wouldn’t survive,” Morrissey added.
During the ceremony Harbour Grace Mayor Don Coombs signed the document proclaiming April 20 to 26 Parkinson’s Awareness Week and Edgar Snow presented $750 from the Trinity Conception group to help with running the main office that serves all of the province.
“All chapters in the province lend their support,” Hunt said.
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes a person’s motor functions to deteriorate. While drugs help alleviate some of the symptoms, they do not halt the progression of this disease. An estimated 1,600 people in Newfoundland and Labrador are liv- ing with Parkinson’s and they know Parkinson’s never goes into remission.