Last night I attended the annual Volunteer Appreciation Week reception at King's Theatre. Working in a largely volunteer run organization, I get to see the importance of volunteers on a daily basis. Without these generous people, organizations like the Annapolis Heritage Society simply cannot function. These are the people who bake cookies, sit on committees, help researchers, accession artifacts, paint walls, act as board members, organize events, present school programs, and on and on and on.
What I enjoy about the reception at the theatre is that it puts the importance of volunteers in this community into perspective. It is humbling to listen to the stories about the years of commitment that these people have offered. More than any place I have ever lived, the Annapolis Royal region has a volunteer culture. We are able to maintain a high quality of life in this community because people are willing to give their time and talents. Whether it is organizations like the AHS, service groups like the Lions, the Health Foundation, sports teams, church groups or countless other activities, volunteers make our community a worthwhile place to live.
The following blurb was submitted by the AHS for our 2009 Volunteer of the Year Perry Slauenwhite. The image is of Perry recieving his award from Annapolis Royal's Mayor Phil Roberts. Thank you Perry and thank you to all of the volunteers who make our community work.
"It is almost impossible to think of a better natured volunteer than Perry Slauenwhite. What is even more amazing is that he cheerfuly takes on tasks which would send other people running. Perry has now been volunteering at North Hills Museum for four years. During this time he has always been willing to help with physical work around the property. Whether he has been asked to prepare and mulch the gardens, cut bushes, edge a path or help to remove fallen branches, Perry is always up to the task.When the museum is hosting events, Perry is inevitably one of the first people on site and one of the last to leave. This means that he is usually setting up tents or hauling chairs and tables. It is this sort of behind the scenes help that allows events and programs to run smoothly. All of this volunteer effort is given with unfailing good humour. For his many contributions, the Annapolis Heritage Society is proud to nominate Perry Slauenwhite as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year."
All for now,