‘It’s important to stand up for what you believe in’
TRURO – A number of volunteers in Truro and Colchester County were rewarded Tuesday night for their dedicated efforts.
John Nolan and Juanita McCready were two of many volunteers who were honoured during a joint Town of Truro and Colchester County volunteer awards ceremony in Truro on Tuesday night. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
The 2014 county-wide volunteer awards ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn in Truro to present certificates to 18 local volunteers.
About 80 people attended the gathering, including Valley’s Juanita McCready, who received the county’s volunteer of the year award.
“I feel very grateful … there are many people who deserve it,” McCready told the Truro Daily News.
McCready is a board member at the Colchester SPCA. In the past year, she has assisted with numerous SPCA fundraisers, resulting in $12,000 for shelter operations, reached out to new members, kept detailed records for the shelter, and distributed, emptied and tracked all SPCA donation cans throughout the county.
“Animals pull at my heart. So many times people think of helping people, and that’s good, but often animals get overlooked. It’s important to stand up for what you believe in and actions speak louder than words,” said McCready, who as a child would make an effort to save kittens and get them into good homes.
“I hear a lot of words (people speak about helping) but you need action to prove you are serious. You need to be the change you want to see in others.”
Truro resident John Nolan was honoured for his various volunteer roles. Nolan is a volunteer firefighter and has coached sports at Truro Junior High School since 2006, including track and field, curling and table tennis. He also started for the Colchester Senior Games and was the course clerk for the 150th Antigonish Highland Games.
“I’m very grateful and surprised and thankful,” Nolan told this paper. “I feel good when I help someone else and I hope the recipients get something out of it as well.”
Nolan said he volunteers not only for enjoyment, but for practical reasons as well.
“If we didn’t (volunteer), it wouldn’t get done. I’d rather see it get done than possibly not get done.”
Nolan also grew up with a role model when it came to making a commitment to assisting others in the community.
“My father ran a track club and was on many boards and commissions,” he said.
This was the first time the town and county did a joint volunteer appreciation ceremony. Organizers anticipate it will become a tradition.
The following are the recipients of the 2014 county-wide volunteer awards, which were presented in Truro on Tuesday night.
Town of Truro recipients:
Colchester County recipients:
Jack and Cathy Dickey
North Shore Bavarian Society
Canadian Red Cross volunteers
Middle Stewiacke Recreation Association executive members
Colchester Hospital Auxiliary coffee shop
Upper Stewiacke fire ladies auxiliary