Thank a volunteer
It is worth noting that as police and firefighters in the Placentia area were busy fighting three blazes in the area, the rest of us were likely sitting down and feasting on our Easter Sunday dinners.
These community minded people help protect us from ourselves.
Strange how things sometimes come in threes. Easter Sunday must have been a nightmare for those fighting fires in the area. Knowing the majority of people were spending time with family and friends, they were busy, working away at dangerous scenes, simply for the betterment of our communities.
With Volunteer Week coming up soon, let us make sure we remember the great effort and sacrifices volunteers make in our communities to make them more livable and safe places in which to reside.
And it is not just those who are front line workers like firefighters we should be honouring. It is all the worthy people in our communities who do their part, from Cub and Guide leaders to those who visit the sick and elderly, to volunteer tutors and entertainers, that we need to be aware of and appreciate for all they do.
Take Frances Pearson and Genevieve Follett. They were honoured for the volunteer work they do with seniors and the sick by being presented with the Caring Canadian Awards presented by Lieutenant Governor John Crosbie on behalf of Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean in February of this year.
Not everyone can be nominated and noted for their work as these two women but they are great examples of the selflessness of volunteers who think of those they are assisting, and rarely themselves. And it is the same with firefighters. While many of us might moan and complain about having to leave our families at the Easter Sunday dinner table at such short notice, these people have made a commitment, and they keep it, no matter the cost to themselves.
For actions such as these, and more, volunteers in our communities should be noted and honoured, and not only by the likes of the Governor General but by you and me.
Next time you notice someone volunteering their time and skills, remember their commitment, and thank them. You’ll be glad you did.