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Varner finds salvation in volunteering

Marion Varner, left, says she loves volunteering and loves working with the other volunteers at the Salvation Army, which includes Shelley Grant. Varner and Grant recently volunteered at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Centre in Springhill.
Marion Varner, left, says she loves volunteering and loves working with the other volunteers at the Salvation Army, which includes Shelley Grant. Varner and Grant recently volunteered at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Centre in Springhill. - Dave Mathieson

SPRINGHILL, N.S. – Marion Varner was recognized for 52 years of volunteer service with the Salvation Army at the Cumberland County Volunteer Recognition evening recently held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.

“I love all of what we do, and I like it mostly because we don’t do it for people to notice us. We do it because we want to do it,” Varner said. “We always have a great bunch of people to work with. “

Varner, now 80 years old, started with the Salvation Army in Springhill 53 years ago.

“I started my kids out in Sunday School, and I decided that if they went that I should be going too.”

Soon after she became a volunteer, an says all the volunteers at the Salvation Army are very reliable.

“If we need help we call them and they’ll come out and help.”

Over the past 52 years, Varner has worked with local youth through Sunday school, various youth groups and, currently, the Salvation Army After School Club. She also visits seniors in their homes and visits people at the All Saints Hospital and High-Crest nursing home in Springhill.

“We also have the food bank at the church and the Christmas kettles before Christmas,” Varner said.

How much longer does she plan to keep volunteering?

“I’ll keep doing it as long as I’m able too, as long as I can walk,” she said.

Volunteers recognized at the reception are as follows:

Marion Varner – Salvation Army

Brad Webb – Municipality of Cumberland Parrsboro Recreation

Ro-Win-Lea 4H – The 4-H Club

Brenda Rushton – Senior Citizens and Retired Pensioners Club

Wanda Smith – Nova Scotia Health Authority, Al Saints Hospital Springhill

Peter and Sharon Smith – Cumberland Y’s Service Club

Carolyn Torrie – Springhill Chamber of Commerce

Heather Trenholm – Nova Scotia Health Authority, Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary

Roberta Bell – Cobequid Chapter of the I.O.D.E.

Shirley Bidwell – Sunset Community Corporation

Donald Bird – Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Rodrick (Rod) Boland – Age of Sail, Greville Bay Ship Building Museum Society

John and Evelyn Bradford – Cumberland Twirlers Square Dancers

Matthew Brewer – Parrsboro Mini Basketball

Travis Bryan – Outdoor arena at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Tammy Casey – Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue

David Clarke – Age of Sail, The Porthole Gift Shop

Randy Elliot – Fundy Shore Archers

Scott Fancy – Cumberland Community Homes

Ethan Ferdinand – Ross Anderson PharmaChoice Teen Centre

Jennifer Moore – Springhill Elementary Home and School Association

Richard Parker – Wentworth Senior Dinner Club

John Parsons – Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Linda Patriquin – Wentworth Learning Centre Cooperative

Zachary Pettigrew – Outdoor Arena at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre

Marlene Quinn – Nova Scotia Health Authority, South Cumberland Community Care

Megan Martin – Springhill Communities in Bloom

Eric McCully – Shore Drive Community Development Association

David McNairn – Rotary Club of Amherst

Christine McNeil – Springhill Lions Club

Brooke Miller – Ross Anderson PharmaChoice Teen Centre

April Findlay – Girl Guides of Canada, Springhill Guiding Community

Lloyd Gallant – Nova Scotia Health Authority, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Edward and Thelma Gilbert – Parrsboro Shore Historical Society

Earl Gilbert – Springhill Ground Search and Rescue

Rod Gilroy – Tidnish Cross Roads Community Association

Catherine Harrison – Nova Scotia Health Authority, All Saints Hospital Auxiliary

Paul Hawkes – Amherst Curling Club

Jamie Henwood – Cobequid Off Highway Vehicle Club

Kim Henwood – Springhill Baptist Church Willing Workers

Kashika Jaggi – Canadian Red Cross

Jean Francois LeBlanc – MADD Cumberland-Tantramar

Robert MacLean – Wentworth Recreation Centre

Alexandra MacLeod – Cumberland Blues

David March – United Way of Cumberland

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