Argyle Warden Aldric d'Entremont holding the Model Volunteer Community of the Year Award the municipality has received from the province. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
The warden of the Municipality of Argyle could not be any prouder of the fact that the municipality and its volunteers have been named the Model Volunteer Community of the Year by the province.
The presentation of the award was made at the 40th annual provincial volunteer awards ceremony a luncheon that was held April 7 in Halifax.
“This is great,” says Warden Aldric d’Entremont. “I am so proud to accept this on behalf of the municipality and the citizens of Argyle. I just happened to be the lucky one that was there to accept it.”
Municipalities across the province were invited to submit an application for the award. That Argyle was chosen from all of the municipal units across the province shows the area’s volunteer spirit, d’Entremont says.
That spirit was evident when the Municipality of Argyle hosted the 2012 Finales des Jeux de l’Acadie. Around 900 people of all ages were involved as volunteers in that event.
“It was over 10 per cent of our population that we had registered as volunteers,” says d’Entremont.
More recently, he points out that volunteers have helped to build a trail in Pubnico Point and also worked together to fix up a ball field in the community. Volunteers also help to organize and run numerous activities year-round in the municipality. People volunteer with groups and organizations. And on and on it goes.
“There’s just so much, it’s amazing,” he says. “Like the fire departments and all of the firemen. There are just so many services that volunteers do that we wouldn’t be able to afford as a municipality.”
The municipality honours its volunteers every year during a volunteer recognition dinner.
Still, d’Entremont says the provincial recognition for the municipality and its volunteers is much appreciated.
Meanwhile, at the provincial volunteer ceremony and luncheon that was held in Halifax others from this area were honoured as well. The Municipality of Argyle’s volunteer of the year Ginny Smith, along with Al Mohle of the Town of Yarmouth and Joe Bishara of the Municipality of Yarmouth were among the representative volunteers from across the province who were recognized for their volunteer efforts throughout the years.