© Laura Hines
Hantsport Mayor Rob Zwicker presented the town’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year award to Chris Cuvilier.
Chris Cuvilier has cheerfully dedicated many hours throughout the years to improving the lives of the people living in Hantsport and the surrounding areas.
Cuvilier, the Town of Hantsport’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014, was celebrated at an appreciation ceremony hosted in the Hantsport Fire Hall April 10.
Mayor Robbie Zwicker commended Cuvilier, who was born and raised in Hantsport, for all he does for the town and its residents.
Cuvilier said his volunteerism is driven by a sheer love of Hantsport.
“I don't think there is any other town like this town,” he said, accepting the award.
Cuvilier said he was born into volunteering. It was something his parents always did.
“It was automatic, a part of our lives. You can't volunteer on your own,” he said.
Volunteering shouldn't feel like work, he said. On the contrary, it can be easy with the right group of people.
Cuvilier thanked his family for supporting him, and accepting that his volunteer duties may cut in to family time now and then.
Cuvilier recently proposed a challenge for residents of Hantsport and the surrounding areas. He asked them all to spend a minimum of $10 at a business in the town on April 12.
His simple request, urging others to take steps to show local business owners some love, quickly gained momentum on social media.
“Shake their hands and thank them for sticking with Hantsport through all this time,” he said.
Cuvilier has served as a minor baseball coach for the past 12 years. He also coaches the Hantsport junior high boys’ softball team, and has coached the junior girls’ softball team as well. He’s also organized bottle drives for the minor baseball team for the last 10 years.
He is a member of the Bluenose Bosox Brotherhood, a group that raises money for the Jimmy Fund in Boston and the IWK Health Centre.
Cuvilier has been a charter member of the local washer toss committee for the last 10 years, raising approximately $30,000 for many causes, such as cancer research.
He said volunteering is something that he enjoys, and has a great time doing.
Cuvilier has organized highway cleanups in the past, and is currently working with a team of volunteers to organize a homecoming concert that will be held in Hantsport this summer.