Thank a vol­un­teer

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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