SPRINGHILL – Fifty-two Progressive Conservative party-faithfuls are headed to Halifax for special recognition and from the Cumberland South riding Sandra Barrett made the grade.
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A number of accolades are in store for Sandra Barrett, who was named by Doug Marshall and the Cumberland South Progressive Conservative Riding Association as their volunteer of the year. Barrett will receive recognition from the association at its Jan. 25 annual general meeting, and again in Halifax during the PC party’s convention in February.
“Every years we do our volunteer or the year at our AGM [annual general meeting] and then in Halifax,” Cumberland South PC Riding Association President Doug Marshall said. “Sandra’s worked very hard for us in the last election and previous elections… she was our leading lady.”
Barrett says she enjoys the opportunity to volunteer during elections but never thought donating her time for who she believes is the best candidate would ever turn into a reward.
“I was so thrilled,” Barrett said. “I could hardly talk, I had tears in my eyes. It ‘s such a thrill.”
Barrett said she learned of her nomination when PC leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie called her at home.
“Jamie called and asked if I was sitting down – and I said yes – and then he told me I was chosen volunteer of the year,” Barrett said. “I was speechless.”
During the election Barrett volunteered a lot of her time on the phones calling constituents, and going as far as to take work home with her. She netted positive results the PC leader says he saw on the campaign trail.
“First, let me say, she’s just a wonderful person who worked tirelessly during the election,” Baillie said. “She must have contacted thousands of people during the election. She just loved doing it. Often I’d follow up at a person’s home and people would say how nice she was.”
Barrett will receive her local award on January 25, when the Cumberland South PC Association holds its AGM at the Springhill Legion. Then she will participate in the province-wide recognition night in Halifax in February during the party’s convention.
“Volunteer recognition has been taking place ten-years now, started under John Hamm,” Baillie said. “I think it’s an important thing we continue to do at our conventions.”
Provincially, many communities will soon start looking at their own volunteer-bases in anticipation of the provincial volunteer of the year recognition. National Volunteer Recognition week runs April 6 to April 13 this year, and the 40th annual Provincial Volunteer Awards ceremony is slated for April 7th in Halifax.