Shubenacadie woman re­ceives na­tional VON award

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

Betty Macphee got just what she wanted for her birth­day: an- other way to help oth­ers.

e Shubenacadie woman de­cided to cel­e­brate her 65th birth­day with a supper, and those who planned to at­tend were asked to give $25 to the VON. Some, who were un­able to at­tend, do­nated any­way, and al­most $3,500 was raised.

at’s the kind of sprit that re­sulted in Macphee re­ceiv­ing the VON Canada Award of Distinc- tion this year.

“I was very hum­bled and pleased when I got the call say­ing I was this year’s re­cip­i­ent,” she said. “VON is a great or­ga­ni­za­tion that does a lot of good things.”

Macphee got in­volved with VON 13 years ago. She’d re­tired from teach­ing and some­one she knew asked if she’d con­sider vol­un­teer­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Macphee looked into it be­cause her par­ents were at the stage they needed some help. When she saw ev­ery­thing VON was do­ing, she de­cided she wanted to be a part of it.

“I re­al­ized there was so much, and I thought peo­ple needed to know VON is more than nurs­ing and home care,” she said.

“We o er frozen meals, vol­un­teer trans­porta­tion, the adult day pro­gram, and Vial of Life.”

She was in­volved in get­ting more pro­grams into East Hants. She’s also helped with projects, been on com­mit­tees – at both lo­cal and na­tional lev­els – and re­cruited and de­vel­oped new board mem­bers. She’s spo­ken at 100 Women Who Care events, in both Truro and East Hants, lead- ing to gifts to­tal­ing $6,100 for VON Colch­ester-east Hants.

“It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion, and we’re al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers with many di er­ent skills,” she said.

“You don’t have to be a di­rec­tor, but we’re al­ways look­ing for more di­rec­tors, too. Colch­ester-East Hants is a fairly large area, and we want to have peo­ple from dif­fer­ent ar­eas, be­cause they know the needs in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about be­ing in­volved with VON is in­vited to call the Truro o ce at 902-893-3803.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

VON Canada board chair Gary Ursell re­cently pre­sented Betty Macphee with an award for her vol­un­teer e orts. She has been work­ing with VON for 13 years.

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