A salute to volunteers

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Community volunteers, teachers recognized in separate ceremonies

The Brookfield Community Assembly, with support from the County of Colchester, held an Appreciation Night to recognize the contributions of volunteers to our community.

Fourteen groups were asked to nominate a valued volunteer member to be honoured on April 28 at Knox Church Hall.

Volunteers from several organizations founded he BCA in 1995. The mandate was to give individuals and groups a coordinating and communications forum that would address concerns and provide a voice with governing bodies.

The Recreation and Leisure Committee of the BCA, with leadership from Susan Smith and Kathy Best, laid the groundwork for the event, working closely with Craig Burgess, recreation director of the County.

Tim Ross was on hand providing easy listening music, which set a relaxed tone for the proceedings. Ross also played and sang during refreshments and a social time that followed the award ceremonies.

Best welcomed everyone and served as emcee for the evening.

Rev. Larry Harrison offered an opening blessing for a successful night.

BCA Chair Rod Nielsen outlined the objectives of the BCA. Councillor Geoff Stewart offered greetings and words of appreciation to all volunteers. He acknowledged the importance of the work they do to make this a better community.

The BCA volunteer recipients of 2013-2014 were:

• Air Cadets, 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Squadron nominated the entire Squadron, represented by Ralph Murphy, Peter Betts and Alex Croft.

• All Around the Circle Senior’s Group nominated Charles Joyce, Audrey MacDonald and Susan Stevenson.

• Brookfield Athletic Association’s choice was Donald (Pibby) Henderson.

• the Baptist Church named Glenna Murphy.

• Brookfield Curling Club picked Dennis Grant and Diana Fraser.

• Brookfield Fire and Emergency chose Rod Nielsen and Jason Gerrior.

• The Garden Club chose Elsie Locke and Laurie Monk.

• the Homecoming Committee were honoured as a group of 15 members.

• the Men’s Club chose Austin Ross and Bob Lawrence.

• the Sportsplex Board named new chair, Mark Kennedy.

• Knox United Church listed Larry Harrison, Richard Clark, Rod Nielsen, Dorene Matheson, Kaye Retson, Joanne Hatfield and Russell Bradley.

• SCA School Advisory Council’s choice was Julie Walters.

• the Terry Fox Committee named Shirley Comeau.

• The Train Station’s pick was Darrell Wright.


Education Week Event

A former Brookfield native was honoured for teaching excellence at an award ceremony in Bedford on April 24. Education Minister Karen Casey and the Lieutenant Governor of N.S., J.J. Grant, made the presentation to Melanie (Mowatt) Miller. She is the daughter of well-known Brookfield teacher Letha Mowatt and Harry Mowatt.

Miller, a grade 7 teacher at West Hants Middle School, was recognized for caring for her students and inspiring them to be their best. She’s a volunteer coach and a driving force behind PASTE, a school organization promoting: Physical activity, Ambassadorship, Student motivation, Technology support and Environmental stewardship. She is the catalyst that moves the PASTE team, now in its 10th year, into action.

Miller learned at a young age to help others and has carried that with her into a successful teaching career. She spends many volunteer hours beyond the classroom.

In total 23 recipients from across the province were honoured for the significant contributions they make to their students and schools. These teachers live out the heroic stories that too often go untold, which guide and develop our young people into good citizens.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.


Organizations: Education Week, West Hants Middle School

Geographic location: Bedford

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