Get­ting the nod

Doug Moores in­ducted into NL Vol­un­teer Hall of Fame

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Doug Moores’ Bay Roberts of­fice reads like a tes­ta­ment to his ex­cep­tional vol­un­teer ca­reer.

Recog­ni­tions and tes­ta­ments to his 42 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice line both sides of his walls. There are even newer ones on the floor.

How­ever, there is one piece of recog­ni­tion Moores is par­tic­u­larly proud of.

It is a let­ter from Hon. Ed­ward Adeane, the par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for the Prince of Wales. Dated Aug. 8, 1983, it co­in­cides with the visit of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Moores was a vol­un­teer with the wel­com­ing com­mit­tee and dur­ing a re­cep­tion men­tioned to the Princess she should try and see a whale be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“Since she was the Princess of Wales, you know,” he chuck­led. “The let­ter is quite some­thing.”

Last week, Moores was in­ducted into the New­found­land and Labrador Vol­un­teer Hall of Fame at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel in St. John’s on Oct. 3.

It was an hon­our more than a year in the mak­ing for the lawyer. It was in 2013 when Moores first re­ceived word he was be­ing in­ducted, but he was forced to de­fer due to per­sonal rea­sons.

“It is a ter­rific hon­our,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great peo­ple.”

The New­found­land and Labrador Vol­un­teer Hall of Fame hon­ors and doc­u­ments the ef­forts in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions who make long stand­ing vol­un­teer con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties and the prov­ince.

Moores has been a vol­un­teer in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion for more than four decades.

He got his start with coach­ing mi­nor hockey in Har­bour Grace in 1972 be­fore mov­ing to other sec­tors, in­clud­ing the 1992 and 2012 NL Sum­mer Games, the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Telethon and the Cabot 500 cel­e­bra­tions.

“I al­ways wanted to give back to my com­mu­nity,” said Moores.

Didn’t ex­pect any­thing

For all in­tents and pur­poses, vol­un­teer­ing is a thank­less job.

“It is be­com­ing less and less im­por­tant,” said Moores ac­knowl­edg­ing the less­en­ing num­bers of vol­un­teers.

When he started giv­ing his time freely, he did not ex­pect to get any­thing back, only the sat­is­fac­tion of help­ing oth­ers.

He had ad­vice for any­one who has thought about vol­un­teer­ing in the fu­ture.

“Do it be­cause you are help­ing peo­ple,” said Moores. “I’ve had a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for 42 years.

“It is a per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion to me and I’ve met all dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

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Doug Moores

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