Getting the nod
Doug Moores inducted into NL Volunteer Hall of Fame
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.”