SPRINGHILL – Volunteers don’t seek recognition but they had the spotlight thrown upon them April 19, during the 2012 Springhill Volunteer Recognition night at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.
“Without the volunteers, Springhill would not be the community of choice,” said Springhill Mayor Allen Dill. “We rely heavily on volunteers and we have to make sure we don’t use them as employees.
“Sometimes we do that and we burn them out,” he added. “So we really have to look at what the volunteers are doing and show appreciation of that and make sure they’re treated with respect and their work is recognized.”
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
Kay was recognized for the work he has done at the volunteer Springhill Fire Department.
“No matter where you go Mike is there,” said Dill. “He’s always looking after our streetlights, selling tickets and working at the fire hall.
“He also comes to every council meeting and keeps me informed about what’s going on in town. He has the pulse of it,” added Dill.
Kay first walked into the Springhill Fire Hall on Oct. 3, 1972 at the age of 15 and asked if he could help out. 40 years later he’s still helping out. He has sold thousands of tickets and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the fire hall.
He also volunteers at the All Saints Hospital helping serve meals and assisting staff and patients.
He also keeps a close eye out for streetlights that aren’t working and calls Nova Scotia Power to get them fixed.
VOLUNTEER YOUTH OF THE YEAR:
MacPhee was recognized for volunteering at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre since he was four-years-old.
“Jaeden is a young man who is exemplary for his age,” said Dill. “Even after the volunteer award ceremony on Thursday there he was helping clean up. His parents (Todd and Paula) should be really proud of him.”
Dill said MacPhee sets a good example for the youth of Springhill.
“When people say bad things about our youth, they (the bad youth) are in the minority,” said Dill. “They don’t speak enough about these young men and women helping us out in our community by volunteering.”
MacPhee started volunteering by shoveling the snow off the ice during Minor hockey and Cumberland County Blues games.
Since then, he has been assisting Fred Chapman whenever he can. His duties have included cleaning dressing rooms, doing everything in the canteen except cooking and cash, moving nets, taking garbage out, shoveling the walkways, and running the salt machine.
His favorite is the “scrubber”, which he calls his “little Zamboni”.
MacPhee has been volunteering for seven years for about 20 hours a week, and Chapman has gone as far as to say that MacPhee will be his replacement when he retires.
VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR:
THE SPRINGHILL LIONS CLUB
The Springhill 2011 Lions Club was re-chartered September 2011 with a group of citizens who care about Springhill and want to help make it better, stronger and a great place to live and enjoy the spirit and fun.
They were recognized for performing hands-on service projects, providing emergency assistance and helping several organizations in Springhill, including the Cadet Corp and senior citizens.
“The Lions Club was revitalized this year and I was pleased they were nominated and chosen to be recognized for the tasks they took on and the number of events the participated in,” said Dill. “It came from the grass roots in that a lot of the individuals were not involved in the community as much as they are now and they’re giving from their hearts. The individuals involved in that are very community minded.”
OTHER VOLUNTEERS RECOGINZED AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY ARE:
Name of volunteer, followed by organization they volunteered for:
Dougall MacDonald – Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
Elizabeth Alderson – Springhill Baptist Church.
Russell Fisher – Springhill Heritage Society
Nellie Gilbert – St. Andrew’s Wesley United , Unit 3, UCW.
Frank Likely – Springhill Chamber of Commerce.
Bernie Lowther – Springhill Minor Baseball Association.
Joel Stone – Springhill Minor Baseball Association.
Joe Veinotte – All Saints Anglican Church Choir
Howard Spence – St. David’s Presbyterian Church.
Roland and Vicky Dulong – St. Vincent’s de Paul
Hannah McSavaney – All Saints Hospital Auxiliary.
Garfield ‘Sonny’ Brine” – Knights of Columbus.
Barb Fisher – Catholic Women’s League.
John Parsons – Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.
Sean and Tracy King – Austin & Brenda Williams.
Rascal the dog – Friends of Highcrest
Kenny John Jackson – Jannis Peddle
Nellie Gilroy – The Springhill Seniors And Retired Pensioners Club.
Joy Corkum – Girl Guides.