BIBLE HILL – Volunteering has been a lifelong passion for Bible Hill resident Glenda Bower.
Bible Hill volunteer awards
She said her first community volunteer contribution took place at age six in an effort to improve her school.
“I started because our little Bible Hill Central Elementary School didn’t have a library,” she said. “We started doing some fundraising, cakewalks and all kinds of things.”
After organizing those activities, along with a community fun day, Bower and her friends
raised enough money to purchase 600 books for the school.
“That’s how Bible Hill central got their library and that’s how I started volunteering.”
Bower is one of four volunteers who recently received a long-term service award from the Village of Bible Hill, along with Carmel Black, Donna Van Kroonenburg and Tom Sharky. The village also presented another 18 residents with outstanding community service awards.
Bower was out of town during the awards night and was surprised to discover upon returning home she had been bestowed with an additional honour: she was chosen by the village as its 2015 provincial volunteer recipient.
“I have to say being selected for the provincial honour is overwhelming,” she said. “I am very honoured that they chose me. There are so many people who give back to the community.”
She said it is the members of the community who make it strong and if people don’t give of their time then the community will suffer.
She said volunteering parents set an excellent example for children, learning the rewards of giving back to a community at a young age.
Bowers said she has made a lifetime commitment to give back to her community and one of her most recent volunteering passions has been serving with the Scotia Pool Society.
“I volunteer because it makes me feel good because I feel that I have been blessed in my life in so many ways and I can give back,” said Bower. “If everybody did one hour of volunteer work a week, it would make such a difference to our world and that’s why I do it.
“It makes a difference and if you are making a difference then you are leaving a legacy and legacy doesn’t have to be money. Legacy can be what you have done in your community.”
Award presentations during Bible Hill’s annual volunteer recognition night:
Long-term service awards:
Donna Van Kroonenburg
Outstanding community service award:
To view citations and photos of recipients, visit www.trurodaily.com