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The Compass - - OPINION -

Vol­un­teers – out­side of our youth, th­ese peo­ple are prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­ni­ties. They’ve of­ten been de­scribed as the ‘heart of com­mu­ni­ties’. Without a vol­un­teer in our com­mu­ni­ties, very lit­tle would be done. You could pay for ev­ery last thing that’s done in a com­mu­nity and it wouldn’t take long be­fore bank­ruptcy would hit.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates the enor­mous im­pact of vol­un­teers on this prov­ince alone amounts to 187,000 vol­un­teers con­tribut­ing 35 mil­lion hours of valu­able un­paid time.

No won­der com­mu­ni­ties would be bank­rupt if they had to paid for vol­un­teer work!

Ev­ery facet of the com­mu­nity is af­fected by vol­un­teers – com­mu­nity coun­cils, fire­fight­ers, ser­vice groups, church or­ga­ni­za­tions, youth groups, young adults or­ga­ni­za­tions, mi­nor sports, af­ter school sports, Spe­cial Olympics and the list can and in­deed does go on.

You know it’s good to have vol­un­teers be­cause they take pride in their com­mu­ni­ties. When a com­mu­nity has pride among its res­i­dents, then the mes­sage is sent we’re glad you came, stayed awhile and en­joyed our hos­pi­tal­ity, and bet­ter still put down roots to al­low our com­mu­nity to grow and flour­ish.

Groups such as town coun­cils, churches, hospi­tal boards and oth­ers are tak­ing this week to ac­knowl­edge the un­tir­ing work done by vol­un­teers.

It’s vol­un­teer week in New­found­land and Labrador and Canada with the theme ‘Vol­un­teers Light Up Com­mu­ni­ties’.

Un­for­tu­nately, vol­un­teers are not of­ten rec­og­nized for their ef­forts. They do things un­selfishly for their com­mu­ni­ties without the de­sire for a pay cheque, but it of­ten comes at a sac­ri­fice.

That sac­ri­fice is time away from their own fam­i­lies and friends, or per­haps even their place of em­ploy­ment.

But they do it for ‘love’ of their com­mu­nity – fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours – and prov­ince. Their ef­forts mean re­gions can move for­ward to bet­ter things – sup­port ser­vices for the el­derly, young peo­ple and oth­ers.

It means bet­ter health care fa­cil­i­ties/ser­vices, bet­ter recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties, a help­ing hand for a fam­ily down on their luck or in need of med­i­cal care for a loved one.

Look around your own com­mu­nity and see the things which have been ac­com­plished be­cause you or your neigh­bour vol­un­teered. Th­ese are deeds which can make one proud.

Life is bet­ter be­cause of vol­un­teers, and res­i­dents should make an ef­fort to let th­ese in­di­vid­u­als know their ser­vices are ap­pre­ci­ated. A pat on the back or a hand­shake goes a long way to say­ing thank you – job well done! – Ge­orge Macvicar, Ed­i­tor

South­ern Gazette

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