Hard work cel­e­brated

Liver­pool Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Ladies’ Aux­il­iary marks 50 years of fundrais­ing

The Queens County Advance - - FRONT PAGE - BY AETHNE HINCH­LIFFE

The Liver­pool Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Ladies’ Aux­il­iary hosted its 50th an­niver­sary ban­quet at the fire hall April 7.

John Long, the Liver­pool Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s sec­ond deputy chief, was the event’s master of cer­e­monies.

“The ladies’ aux­il­iary has raised a lot of money for the Liver­pool Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (LFFA) over the years,” he said.

Long said the money has helped buy many things, such as a breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, fire hose and ther­mal imag­ing cam­era, among other things. The aux­il­iary has raised more than $500,000 for es­sen­tial fire­fight­ing equip­ment over the last 50 years, added Long.

“Not only have these funds gone to help save tax pay­ers’ money and prop­erty from de­struc­tion, most im­por­tantly it’s gone to help save lives,” he said.

Long thanked the aux­il­iary on be­half of fire­fight­ers, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Kim Masland, MLA for Queensshel­burne, thanked the as­so­ci­a­tion for invit­ing her to at­tend what she called “this in­cred­i­ble mile­stone of 50 years.”

Masland said one of the things she likes most about do­ing her job is be­ing able to stand in the leg­is­la­ture and talk about all the won­der­ful things that hap­pen in Queens and Shel­burne coun­ties.

“On March 23, I ac­tu­ally rose from my seat, and I spoke on the floor of the leg­is­la­ture about you folks, the ladies’ aux­il­iary,” she said.

She then shared the state­ment she made.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to­day to con­grat­u­late the Liver­pool Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Ladies’ Aux­il­iary, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year. This tremen­dous group of ladies has worked tire­lessly over the years rais­ing funds for the fire depart­ment to buy nec­es­sary equip­ment and to help the com­mu­nity in times of need. They host sup­pers, catered events, hold flea mar­kets and a very suc­cess­ful an­nual Christ­mas craft mar­ket, to name but a few things. With many longserv­ing mem­bers, this ded­i­cated group of ladies vol­un­teers their time for the good of the com­mu­nity and they de­serve our recog­ni­tion and thanks for all their hard work.”

On be­half of the prov­ince, Masland thanked the aux­il­iary for its com­mit­ment and vol­un­teer work. She pre­sented the women with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and recog­ni­tion.

Mayor David Da­gley brought greet­ings from the Re­gion of Queens.

“Vol­un­teers in Queens County are very valu­able,” he said. “They ac­tu­ally are the strength of Queens County, and I want to of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you for all of the work that vol­un­teers do. Tonight we’re here to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the ladies’ aux­il­iary.”

The mayor thanked the other ladies’ aux­il­iaries and fire depart­ments in and be­yond Queens County. He gave a cer­tifi­cate to the aux­il­iary on be­half of the Re­gion of Queens.

“The Re­gion of Queens Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­presses ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the ladies’ aux­il­iary of the Liver­pool Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for 50 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice and com­mit­ment to the Queens com­mu­nity, which con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit from your long­time pres­ence and strong lead­er­ship sup­port,” read Da­gley.

Aux­il­iary mem­ber Vanessa Wea­gle talked about Re­becca Mun­roe, who has been on the aux­il­iary for 18 years and pres­i­dent for 16.

“Becky does many things be­hind the scenes that many of you don’t get to see. She is the back­bone to our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Wea­gle. “We don’t know what we would do with­out you or your ded­i­ca­tion to the ladies’ aux­il­iary.”

Through­out the evening, many gifts of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were handed out. Af­ter a meal and speeches, there was a dance at the fire hall.


Re­becca Mun­roe, pres­i­dent of the Liver­pool Fire Fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Ladies’ Aux­il­iary, ac­cepts a cer­tifi­cate from Kim Masland, MLA for Queens-shel­burne, on be­half of the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia.

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