Volunteer hall of fame established
The work of volunteers across the province is being honoured through the creation of the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame is a project of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Newfoundland and Labrador and will set the gold standard for volunteers, said the association’s president, Toby Barnes.
“The Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame will allow exceptional people to stand as an inspiration to our community and particularly to our youth,” he told a group gathered to mark the launch of the hall of fame Wednesday at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.
“The Newfoundland and Labrador volunteer hall of fame aims to recognize individuals and organizations who have made an extended commitment to engage in their communities and help in the social and economic development of their communities by volunteering,” he said.
The association is now accepting nominations for the first hall of fame inductee ceremony. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee.
The selection committee is chaired by Ed Roberts, a former lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and a strong believer in the importance of volunteers.
“Newfoundland and Labrador would be a far less pleasant place to live without volunteers,” Roberts said.
Volunteer firefighters throughout the province are one of the more visible examples of volunteerism, he said, noting amateur sports groups and many other organizations also rely on the work of volunteers.
“When you think of it, volunteers are everywhere,” he said.
Roberts considers volunteers indispensable to the province’s way of life, noting we would have far fewer recreational and cultural happenings without the work of volunteers.
The work of these people is worthy of recognition, said Roberts, explaining why he chose to sit on the selection committee.
Telegram publisher Charles Stacey also sits on the selection committee, and sees future hall of fame inductees as role models for youth while also honouring the province’s spirit of volunteerism.
“I think the volunteer hall of fame is a great forum to actually showcase the work of the many volunteers throughout the province,” he said.
The inaugural induction ceremony is slated for the fall, with the deadline for nominations being July 31.
People are urged to nominate individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
To nominate a volunteer, or to learn more about the hall of fame, visit www.volunteerhalloffame.ca.