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Volunteer spirit celebrated by town of Amherst


AMHERST – Community-minded people devote their own time to make their communities better.

Those people were celebrated by the town of Amherst at a reception on April 9 at the Credit Union Business Innovation Centre in Amherst, including the Town of Amherst Volunteer of the Year, Shelley Carroll.

“Shelley is an example of a community-minded individual whose only goal is to better her community and change the lives of others,” said Amherst mayor David Kogan during his introduction of Carroll.

Kogan highlighted some of the many organizations Carroll has volunteered for, including the Amherst Valentines Run, Amherst Minor Hockey, Cumberland Minor Hockey, the Amherst Striders, ARHS basketball, 100 Women of Cumberland County, the Cumberland Health Authority, the Community Christmas Dinner, as well as volunteering in the school system, in the band, and athletics.

“To volunteer is Shelley’s way of giving back and being part of something bigger than herself,” said Kogon.

Speaking at the podium, Carroll gave thanks and celebrated the spirit of all the volunteers in attendance.

“If construction and cranes are a sign of a community’s economic strength, then volunteers represent the strength of spirit,” said Carroll. “The state of our community is predicated on the collective spirit of the individual members who come together to give of themselves. They shape our community into what we see around us today.”

Carroll quoted from Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist and activist: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’

“I believe that, and I believe that this room is full of people who demonstrate that level of commitment in making a difference and contributing to the community,” said Carroll. “They do it every day.”

Volunteers recognized at the reception are as follows:

Shelley E. Carroll – Volunteer of the Year

Aaron Froese – Youth Volunteer of the Year

Carolyn Droesbeck – Amherst Chapter Kidney Foundation

Cherie Johnston – Maggie’s Place

Cheryl Lefler – Fundy Youth Soccer

Dianne Gillis – Holy Family Parish

Dominic Boyd – Amherst Care Giver Support Group

Dwayne York – Canadian Red Cross

Earl Dwyer – 50-Plus Club

Edward Daniel MacKay – Showcase Productions Society

Fred Gould – Amherst Minor Basketball

Helena Pronk – IODE Tantramar

Ivy Kierstead – Amherst Assistance Food Network

Jason Blanch – Cumberland Restorative Justice

John M Wales – Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum

Kashika Jaggi – MADD Cumberland, Tantramar

Nikita Black – Amherst Lioness Club

Lipton Spence – 50-Plus Club

Margaret Smith – Lord Amherst Chapter IODE

Nancy Trenholm – Cumberland Y’s Service Club

Paul Calder – The Rotary Club of Amherst

Paul Hawkes – Amherst Curling Club

Raymond Gouchie – Knights of Columbus

Ron Gould – Fundy Youth Soccer Club

Ronald Wilson – The Rotary Club of Amherst

Rubin Millard – Amherst Lions Club

Sandie Smith – Zonta Club

Vera Faulkner – Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary

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