Springhill toasts volunteers

Christopher Gooding
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Volunteers took the centre stage Thursday night during Springhill’s Volunteer Recognition Night, where (from left) Mayor Max Snow congratulated and thanked (from left) the community centre’s volunteer canteen staff members Tim Smith, Maddi Mitchell, Blake Nicholson and Tevin Somers (missing: Cathy Coon, Cathy Crowe, Michelle Herrett, Reghan Smith, Starr Smith and Steve Varner).

SPRINGHILL – Volunteers play a major role in small communities and the Town of Springhill wasn’t going to let those efforts go unnoticed without some recognition.

For over 20 years, the town has held a special night dedicated to the people who make up the various groups and organizations, applauding their dedication and thanking them for adding to the community’s character.

“We come together to recognize a special group of people, a group who don’t seek out recognition,” Mayor Max Snow said at Thursday’s Volunteer Recognition Night at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. “The Town of Springhill wants you to know we appreciate you… you, the volunteers, are the backbone of our community and without you if would be difficult.”

Volunteers, Snow said, make the community a better place while working quietly on projects big and small, and often behind the scenes.

“Many of you have been giving your time – weeks in, weeks out – for the good of the community,” Doug Marshall, Riding Association president for the Cumberland South Progressive Conservatives, said on behalf of MLA Jamie Baillie. “You don’t do it for monetary gain or recognition. You do it for the community. Tonight is you night.”

Each year local groups and organizations are asked to nominate a member to receive recognition and share the stage with the town’s volunteer of the year, youth volunteer of the year and group of the year.

This year’s recipient are:


• Representative Volunteer of the Year

Gary Griffiths


• Volunteer Youth of the Year

Forrest Gallagher


• Volunteer Group of the Year

Lion’s Park Revitalization Committee (Dave Galloway, Chris Gooding, Ken Jackson, Royce Rushton, Connor Smith, Ann Stone)


• All Saints Anglican Church Choir

Marilyn Totten


• All Saints Hospital Auxiliary

Marilyn Sheppard


• All Saints Women’s Guild

Rose Nicholson


• Canadian Red Cross

Clarke Gabriel, Doug Dobson


• Cobequid Chapter I.O.D.E.

Beth Adams


• Cobequid OHV Club

Doug Marshall


• Community Centre Canteen

Cathy Coon, Cathy Crowe, Michelle Herrett, Maddi Mitchell, Blake Nicholson, Reghan Smith, Starr Smith,

Tim Smith, Tevin Somers, Steve Varner


• Cumberland County Jr. B Blues

Austin Williams


• Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Donald Bird, Jay MacPhee, John Parsons


• Girl Guides

Tresure Fisher-Margeson


• Miners Museum Society

Russell Phalen


• Ro-Win-Lea 4H Club

Brenda Smith


• Springhill Baptist Church Willing Workers

Diana Matthews


• Springhill Baptist Church Youth Group

Bob Henwood


• Springhill Centennial Golf Club

Jean Martin


• Springhill Chamber of Commerce

Susan Belliveau


• Springhill Heritage Society

Gladys Mazerall


• Springhill Lions Club

Wendy Nelson


• Springhill Minor Baseball Association

Forrest Gallagher, Brittany Arsenualt


• Springhill MMA

Jerico MacPhee


• Springhill Search & Rescue

Rod Stewart


• Springhill Teen Centre

Jordan Chambers, Maryanne Jackson, Diana Matthews, Art Turnbull, Chynna Williams, Kelly Williams


• St. Andrews Wesley United Unit 3 UCW

Hanna McSavaney


• St. Vincent’s de Paul

Louise Maddigan


• The Springhill Seniors & Retired Pensioners Club

Verna Clarke



• West End Home & School Association

Beth Adams, Lorri Bannister, Cindy Nyitrai-Hacz, Maryanne Jackson, Glenda Lewis, Pippa McNutt



Springhill Leisure Services Programs

• After School Soccer

Amanda Alyward


• Ball Hockey

Forrest Gallagher, Connor Smith, Brendan White


• Basketball

Cindy Varner


• SK8Gr8

Forrest Gallagher


• Summer Soccer

Heather Laurie


• Zumba, Aerobics, Yoga

Olive Megeney

Organizations: Riding Association, Cumberland South Progressive Conservatives, Springhill Baptist Church Volunteer Group of the Year Anglican Church All Saints Hospital Red Cross Youth Group Springhill Chamber of Commerce Springhill Heritage Society

Geographic location: Springhill, All Saints, Cumberland County West End

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  • ricky martin
    April 25, 2013 - 15:54

    way to go to all the volunteers .i hear you keep the town rockin so good job