BIBLE HILL – Dozens of volunteers will be rewarded for their efforts to enhance life in Bible Hill.
Special recognition to be given to Bible Hill volunteers
Brendon Smithson, recreation director of Bible Hill, told
village commissioners on Tuesday night that after a number of years without many volunteer nominations, more than 20 have come in for this year’s annual Bible Hill volunteer awards. The event is scheduled for April 16 at the village hall.
“There were six or eight winners in the past,” said Smithson, “and the goal was to have more.”
Two years ago, Smithson said, there were 19 nominations and this year there are 22 nominees, all of whom will receive a volunteer award. Long-term volunteers will receive a tree planted in their honour and 50 years of volunteering earns a tree and a bench to be placed within the village.
“There’s been a struggle across the province to get nominations so this has been great … the only disappointment is that there are no youth nominations this year.”
Commissioner Donna Van Kroonenburg added, “before, we were begging for nominees; now people are calling (so they don’t) miss the deadline.”
The names of the recipients will not be made public until next week, including the 2015 provincial volunteer award recipient, who is notified a year in advance.
Smithson said a variety of volunteers will be recognized for their efforts, everyone from churches, senior groups, the fire brigade and “almost every facet of volunteering in the village.”
“Even helping with tutors, doing lawns and (free) income tax (programs) are recognized. The types of volunteers are broadening,” said Smithson.