Know someone who deserves to be recognized for the volunteer work they do? If so, Yarmouth Recreation wants to hear from you.
As part of its preparations for National Volunteer Week – an annual initiative honouring people for their volunteer efforts – Yarmouth Recreation invites groups or individuals to submit nominations.
National Volunteer Week for 2018 is April 15-21.
Volunteers from Yarmouth town and municipality will be honoured during the annual volunteer reception at the Yarmouth town hall, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17.
Volunteers who are nominated by Feb. 14 will be eligible for provincial awards, which will be presented Monday, April 9, in Halifax. (Each of Nova Scotia’s municipal units picks one of its residents every year to receive a representative volunteer award from the province.)
While it might seem early to be talking about an event that’s only taking place in April – that is, the provincial volunteer awards ceremony of April 9 – organizers of the Nova Scotia event want the names of those who will be getting awards from the province well in advance of the ceremony.
“They’ve kind of pushed some of the deadlines up,” said Frank Grant, director of Yarmouth Recreation. “We’ve got a shorter time (period) to gather all the nominations.”
While Feb. 14 is the deadline for Yarmouth nominees to be eligible for provincial awards, there is no set deadline for nominating someone to be recognized locally at the Yarmouth event on April 17.
Grant says the nomination process is pretty straightforward.
“We’ve got a very easy-to-fill-out form online now on our website,” he said. “We’ve got links to that on Facebook.”
For those who would rather call in the nomination – and provide a bit of information about the person they’re nominating – Grant says they can phone Gail Muise at the Yarmouth Recreation office at 902-742-8868.
For the Yarmouth event, organizations normally are invited to nominate one of their volunteers for recognition, but Grant says there might be the exception here and there where a group will have more than one person recognized.
“Sometimes we get two if it’s a husband-and-wife team,” he said, “or a group sometimes says ‘we can’t decide between two people, can they both come?’”
The Municipality of Argyle has its own volunteer recognition event. This is a banquet that is held in a different community from year to year. The location for this year’s dinner had yet to be announced as this story was being written, but it looks like the date will be Friday, April 20. Argyle uses a different process than Yarmouth does for choosing its volunteers. Each Argyle municipal councillor submits two names.
Municipal units throughout the tri-counties are planning recognition events as part of National Volunteer Week. Some hold their own events, some team up with other units.
Grant, meanwhile, says volunteers remain a vital part of the community.
“Try to picture a world without volunteers and all the things that probably wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have them,” he said.