Kentville-based volunteer centre first of its kind in NS

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Published on January 29, 2014

Duke of Edinburgh bronze award recipient Hayden Warzee chats with Senator Kelvin Ogilvie during the Jan. 24 Volunteer Resource Centre opening. 

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MLA Keith Irving, Kings County Warden Diana Brothers and Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum. 

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Senator Kelvin Ogilvie

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Brenda Wallace-Allen

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Warden Diana Brothers

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Warden Diana Brothers

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From left: Duke of Edinburgh bronze award recipient Hayden Warzee, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, MLA Keith Irving, Kings County Warden Diana Brothers, Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum and AVCC president Ray Savage. 

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Project manager Lisa Kamperman cuts the cake. 

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<p>Steering committee member Madonna MacDonald, left, volunteer passport development officer Robin Campbell, project manager Lisa Kamperman and Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Rafuse attended the opening of the first volunteer research centre in Nova Scotia recently. The centre is located in Kentville. 

Published on January 29, 2014

Even the cake had a community story behind it

Published on January 29, 2014

Even the cake had a community story behind it

It has been a long road to home for Nova Scotia’s first volunteer resource centre.

The Kings Volunteer Resource Centre, which was officially launched with an open house Jan. 24, came out of a volunteer steering committee that started as a Kings RDA initiative in 2008. With the demise of the RDA, it became a project of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“This it the only functioning volunteer resource centre in this province and… it has a very unique relationship with the business community,” steering committee member Brenda Wallace-Allen said at the ceremony last week. 

The centre has “a plan, a mission and a mandate that (reflect) the will of the community,” Wallace-Allen added.  

Speaking on behalf of the chamber, AVCC president Ray Savage said the combination of the local business community and volunteer initiatives is a logical one.

“We were so pleased to have the opportunity to take the volunteer resource centre under our wing,” Savage said.

He added that the centre’s passport initiative “is going to have country-wide ramifications.”

The passport process being developed by Robin Campbell will offer a tool for volunteer screening, management and tracking volunteer hours.

Representatives of all levels of government who have supported the centre were present. In addition to municipal contributions and provincial support, the centre is funded as part of the Government of Canada Social Development Partnerships Program.

 

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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