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Published on May 13, 2014

Brenda Geldart, left,  accepted a life-time service award for Glenda Bower.
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Glenda Bower – Parks & Recreation Committee

Unfortunately Glenda is unable to be with us tonight, but accepting on her behalf is Scotia Pool board member Brenda Geldart.

 Two years ago, when the future of the Scotia Pool seemed to be in doubt, a volunteer group lead by Glenda Bower took on the task of keeping a recreation facility in service for Village resident.  As chairwoman for the Scotia Pool Society Glenda has been the face of the pool for the past two years.  Her duties have extended far beyond chairing meeting and range from working with provincial politicians, fundraising and developing policies and procedures.  Through Glenda's leadership the pool has continued to operate and provide a service for residents in the Village and beyond. 

Glenda's volunteering extends far beyond Scotia Pool and shows her desire to give back to the community.  Glenda has a soft spot for schools and the service they offer to our community, with Bible Hill Central, Glenda has been part of the playground committee, School Advisory Committee, School Improvement Committee, discipline committee, classroom volunteer and school administrative volunteer.  Furthermore, Glenda volunteered with Redcliff Middle School with roles such as Literacy Week, technology committee and classroom volunteer. 

When asked when she started volunteering, Glenda replied "I have been volunteering since I was six, it is a way to give back to our community" and she enjoys the feeling that giving back brings to her.

 

 In 2012, the Village of Bible Hill changed how the village representative for the Provincial Volunteer is selected. The village selects our future Provincial winner from the pervious year nomination.  On April 7, Wayne MacCormick travelled to Halifax as the village representative for the Provincial Volunteer award where he was honoured with 70 other volunteer from across the province.  For the 2015, the Village of Bible Hill has selected Glenda Bower from Scotia Pool Society to be the representative at the Provincial Volunteer Awards for her tireless work to the community.  Congratulation to Glenda, and thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

 

Congratulation to all Long Term Service Award receipts and Thank you for all that you do for the Village of Bible Hill.  With these great volunteers the Village of Bible Hill will continue to thrive as a community.  Please give these receipts a hand as they make the Village a greater community and we hope they continue volunteering for many years.  Thank you again and you can return to your seats.

 

Published on May 13, 2014

Carmel Black- long-service award
The Long Service Award is presented to those residents of Bible Hill who have made contributions through worldwide community volunteer service for a period of 25 years or longer of which at least 12 years of the volunteer service took place in the Village of Bible Hill.  Each long-term service award winner will have a tree planted in their name within Bible Hill for there tremendous contributions made to our community.  Many of the past winners have been planted around this propriety.

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Carmel Black has been volunteering in the Village and surrounding areas for the past 30 years and has had a considerable effect on the lives of many people. 

Carmel is a retired teacher and spends much of her time, tutoring adults and children within the community.  She also tutors international students/citizens who are new to the English language making them feel welcome to our community.  Furthermore, Carmel works with the Women’s prison with tutoring many of the women to achieve their academic goals.  Carmel enjoys using her skills to give back to the community as her only reward is seeing students achieve their goals.

 

Carmel’s volunteering goes well beyond her skills as a retired teacher; it also expands to Cain’s Kitchen, a meal program in her Immaculate Conception (church) and the community meals on wheel program.  In her church she volunteers in almost every facet in such church functions as funerals, fundraisers, celebrations.   

 The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for our community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Donna Van Kroonerburg – long-service volunteer
Bible Hill Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary


The Long Service Award is presented to those residents of Bible Hill who have made contributions through worldwide community volunteer service for a period of 25 years or longer of which at least 12 years of the volunteer service took place in the Village of Bible Hill.  Each Long Term Service Award winner will have a tree planted in their name within Bible Hill for there tremendous contributions made to our community.  Many of the past winners have been planted around this propriety.

Donna has been a member of the Bible Hill Fire Brigade Auxiliary for many years.    She has served as an executive member. Donna can be called upon to take part in the many activities that the ladies do to support the fire brigade such as their yearly auction and working in the kitchen after the Firemen’s Church Parade and memorial service.  Donna is also one of the team members that representatives the auxiliary in activities with other fire brigade auxiliaries. Donna was instrumental in helping the auxiliary to have our monthly meeting to a different venue from the upstairs meeting room in the fire hall. The importance of this was so our members who had difficulty in climbing stairs could still attend meetings by having a new venue that was on the main floor.

Donna has a passion for serving her community.  Further to her dedication of volunteering with the Bible Hill Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary, she has served Bible Hill as a both a commissioner and as deputy chairwoman during the past eight years.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Tom Sharky - long-service award

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The Long Service Award is presented to those residents of Bible Hill who have made contributions through worldwide community volunteer service for a period of 25 years or longer of which at least 12 years of the volunteer service took place in the Village of Bible Hill.  Each Long Term Service Award winner will have a tree planted in their name within Bible Hill for there tremendous contributions made to our community.  Many of the past winners have been planted around this propriety.

         Baseball is considered America’s past time, but for the Bible Hill and Truro Minor Baseball association the roots of baseball stretch generations of history.  Minor sport organizations offer youth in the area much more than sport specific skill development, and range from physical activity, friendship, teamwork, leadership, which are essential for a healthy child development. 

         Pro sports see big money paid to operate teams, but the grass roots of minor sports are volunteers who’s passion and dedication to our youth bring memories that last a lifetime.  In any strong organization, there is a person that gives tirelessly for years and despite the win-loss records, the game was about smiles on children’s faces.  In Bible Hill and Truro Minor Baseball Association Tom Sharky was that coach that gave endlessly to the sport and the only appreciation he needed was the children’s happiness.  Tom involvement with coaching minor baseball spanned over 40 years.  In that time, he has seen generations of families enjoy and love the sport that he is so passionate about.  Every athlete has a coach was a positive influence on there life, in Tom’s  40 years of coaching the number of youth he has affected in a positive way are endless.      

Outside of volunteering for Bible Hill and Truro Minor Baseball Tom volunteers his time with the Catholic Church helping with the soup kitchen assisting those less fortunate. 

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community



Published on May 13, 2014

Christine Biair - outstanding community volunteer
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Christine Blair Nominated by 60th Anniversary Committee

Christine Blair played an instrumental part of the Village of Bible Hill 60th Anniversary celebration that engaged our community in the past, present and future of Bible Hill. Christine took on the challenging task of organizing the Bible Hill Memory Room, spending countless hours collecting and organizing the history of Bible Hill. 

Christine’s work on the memory room, was shared by hundreds of current and former village residents. Comments of the success of the memory room rang for months following the 60th Anniversary, with the memories that will be forever part of the Village of Bible Hill.  The amount of memories, connections, and history in the memory room was priceless to all visitors, even bringing tears of joy to many finding a long lost memory. 

Christine, a current County Counsellor for Colchester County, is an active member in many volunteer groups throughout the Village of Bible Hill.  In 2011 Christine was one of the first long-term service winners who received a tree for her dedicated volunteer efforts, which can be found in Holy Well Park.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Doug Anthony - outstanding community volunteer
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Doug Anthony Nominated by Local Senior Games

For the past four years Doug has been on the executive of the Local Senior games (which by the way is being held here on May 5  to 9) in the role of treasurer.  His work of supporting the games has kept the senior games in a strong position to provide fun and enjoyment for seniors within the surrounding communities.  During the games you will find Doug sitting at the crokinole table leading the pack. 

            On Thursdays Doug can be found at the Bible Hill Bowlacde enjoying another one of this passions bowling.  As part of the league Doug has taken on the role of organizing spares in a 24-team league, keeping our community active. 

            Doug has been a champion for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, leading the Heart fund campaign throughout the community.  Doug’s support during this campaign has raised over $9,000 for Heart and Stroke.

            Doug is also a member of the Trinity United Church sitting on various committee and support members in many ways.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

Doug Wile - outstanding community volunteer
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Doug Wile Nominated by Parks & Recreation Committee

For the past 12 years Doug has been involved with the Village of Bible Hill Parks & Recreation Committee, during that 12 years he has sat as chairman of the committee (eight years) and has recently just been re-elected as chairman.  While on the committee, Doug has been an advocate for youth in our committee volunteering yearly at our Canada Day, Family Fun day and Pre-Teen dances. 

         Doug’s volunteering stretches beyond the recreation committee, as he a member of the Go-Truro group that offers youth residents in Colchester County the opportunity try kids triathlon’s providing more opportunities to for kids to be active for life. 

         During tax season Doug volunteer’s his time working with community members in doing their taxes.  A challenging time for many people and volunteers like Doug relief the stress of the time of year.

         The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

 

Foster Stewart Nominated by 60th Anniversary Committee
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Foster has brought smiles to hundreds within the Village of Bible Hill through his love of music.  Foster Y band has played at the senior socials for the past eight years, where they volunteer their time playing once a month to an appreciative crowd. Foster has been the driving force behind the success of the music jamboree’s, which has been a raving success in the village. 

With the success of the music jamboree’s, Foster continued to think of how he could do more for the community to stretch beyond the bi-weekly music sessions.  He began offering 50/50 draws during the music jamboree’s, in which half of the money is donated to local schools. Over the past two years of the draw the Jamboree’s have raised over $3,000 towards local schools. In this time of decreasing budget this money is used to improve the experience of children during the school year. 

This past summer Foster was part of the 60th anniversary committee and organized the music for the celebrations.  The music kept the crowd entertained throughout the day, which was a historic moment of the first concert at the Walter Langille Gazebo. Foster, also is a current member of the Village Parks & Recreation Committee, which is looking to expand the use of the gazebo and music jamboree’s by hosting local jamboree’s at the Walter Langille Gazebo during the summer months.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

Frank Carroll -outstanding community volunteer
Nominated by East Court Road
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Frank has a commitment and passion for youth sports and the opportunities that they provide kids.  For the past two years, Frank has volunteered to coach the East Court Road basketball team providing the opportunities for many Grade 3 and 4 students to understand teamwork, cooperation and skill development.  Frank also enjoys coaching his son Brett’s hockey team with Truro Minor Hockey and shares one of his passions with his son.

Frank is a dedicated volunteer at East Court Road School, not only working with the basketball team, but helping out on field trips and special events days during the school year, such events as skating and the Christmas lunch.  These special events allow kids to enjoy and experience things they may not have the opportunity too without great volunteers such as Frank.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you Frank for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

Heidi Sexton - Ooutstanding community volunteer

Nominated by East Court Road SAC

Heidi is not only a busy mother of three; she is also a valuable volunteer to the Bible Hill East Court Road School.  She takes a vast interest in her community and the children it encompasses.  Over the past two years, Heidi has volunteered on the School Advisory Council at East Court Road.  Her dedication to this committee has ensured that children at the school receive the best possible education, extracurricular activities and opportunities available to them.  Her passion to ensure our school environment for children is the best is endless. 

Every day she takes her time and continuous energy to assist in our breakfast program to ensure that each child receives a daily nutritious breakfast.  Without her continuous dedication this program would not be as successful.  Students that are given a nutritional breakfast daily make a significant improvement in learning, school attendance, behavior and self-esteem. She encourages the students to start the day to learn and make nutrition a priority! She does not just stop there, she also volunteers for school trips and events when time permits in her busy schedule.

We applauded her enthusiasm and value her endless services to our school.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty and we are proud of what she does.  It takes a village to raise a child but it also takes volunteers to make this dream happen.  We want to take this opportunity to recognize her dedication to our school and to all our students.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

Joanne Beshely - Outstanding community volunteer
Nominated by East Court Road
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Joanne has been a part of the strong volunteer network at East Court Road, which provides opportunities above and beyond the financial constraints of school funding.  As a member of the Parent Teacher Association she provides an opportunity to enhance a strong supportive school environment.  The PTA also fundraises throughout the year to provide up to date equipment, such as the recent purchase of Ipads for the school classrooms while also supporting and managing many of the current school activities.

         Joanne volunteers with the school breakfast program twice a week on her days off, this gives the school an opportunity to provide hot breakfast options such as waffles and bagels for the kids. The school has seen growing numbers in attendance, the need for our valuable volunteers such as Joanne are essential to run and retain this programs’ success.

She also contributes as a volunteer by helping with organizing our school library, volunteering for school trips and the many school events put on throughout the year.  Joanne is one of the first parents to volunteer and lend a hand when needed or called upon.  We value and praise her enthusiasm to contribute to our school. We want to take this opportunity to recognize her dedication to our school and to all our students.

 

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you Joanne for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a better community

Published on May 13, 2014

Kaye Higgins - Outstanding community volunteer

Nominated by Scotia Pool Society

One of Kaye’s passions is swimming and enjoys the warm water facility at Scotia Pool. In 2008 Kaye, decided to take more of an active role with Scotia Pool by joining the board. As an active member of the board she continued to promote the pool while helping in any area that needed a hand.

In 2012, Kaye was one of only two members to continue on with the current Scotia Pool Board.  With the changeover, she took on an executive role as secretary and liaison to the pool manager.  Her experience and knowledge of Scotia Pool was a major asset in the formation of the new committee.  Kaye provided the board with a direction that has kept the recreation facility operational in the community. 

         Even after stepping down from the board last year, the Scotia Pool board can’t thank Kaye enough for her commitment to the pool and the recreation opportunity it has provided within the Village. 

         The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Lee Ogden - Outstanding community volunteer
Bible Hill Fire Brigade
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As a busy father of two young children, Lee has remained an active member of the Bible Hill Volunteer Fire Brigade over the past 11 years.  Over those years he has served and held the positions of both treasurer and Fire Ground Lieutenant and has been awarded Firefighter of the Year.

Within the past year, Lee has spent endless hours in establishing a much-needed inventory system for the Brigade Personal Practice Equipment (PPE), which is ultimately an essential component for the safety of our volunteer firefighters.  All Firefighter’s bunker suits, gloves and flash hoods are now washed in our new brigade wash machine and stored in an orderly manner. Thanks to Lee’s continuous commitment in the implementation of an inventory system, the brigade’s personal practice equipment is now logged appropriately when allocated to members, washed or even repaired.

Lee just does not stop there, when called upon he also helps with multiple firefighter fundraising events such as the annual fire brigade auction and the annual spaghetti dinner.  When asked, most people applying as a volunteer firefighter will tell you they are joining to contribute to the safety and quality of life in their community, to help people and to give back to their community. The importance of volunteers in the fire service cannot be overemphasized nor should it be taken for granted.

At this time the Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

LeeAnn Varga - Outstanding Community Service Award
Bible Hill Central School

For the past nine years, LeeAnn has been the driving force behind the Bible Hill Central School Advisory Committee and Parent Teacher parent group.  Her dedication to offering the best school experience for youth in Bible Hill has her organizing and planning school functions, fundraisers, the breakfast program and many more activities.  Her commitment to the school over the past nine years as a volunteer has made her respected by all and a main part of the Bible hill Central community.  Her hard work for the school has enriched the school experience of over 300 Bible Hill youth. 

            Outside of the school LeeAnn has been an active member of the Bible Hill Brownie and Girl Guide program.  These groups are committed to developing leadership in our youth today in which LeeAnn is a strong role model for our youth in volunteering within our community.

            The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.

Published on May 13, 2014

Les Haley -Outstanding Community Service Award

Nominated by Parks & Recreation Committee
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For the past 10 years, Les has been an advocate for active seniors by chairing the local senior games committee, which coordinates 14 senior activities over five days.  During the games Les can be found everywhere lending a hand where needed, but his trademark is the tailgating before the washer toss event. The games wouldn’t be same without the tailgating tradition. 

When he is not organizing the games, Les volunteers with the St. David’s Church and is involved in everything from dinner, dances and church fundraisers.   Les’ strong leadership skills have put him in numerous chairing roles including President of the Good Time Swim club for the past eight years.

Les is a role model for active living and continues to provide opportunity to enrich the lives of those who enjoy it.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Marilyn Burns - Outstanding community volunteer
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As steward of the St. David United Church, Marilyn Burns is very active and organizes the drives for meals and wheels for the Truro branch.  She does errands for the elderly people of the community not able to be out and about.  She is truly a volunteer community worker for Bible Hill. 

She and husband Allen have a son Neil his wife and two children living in Vancouvcer, B.C. and a daughter Michelle, her husband and two children living in New Brunswick.  Marilyn has been with St. David’s Church for more than 16 years. 

         The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Melanie Collier - Outstanding community volunteer
Nominated by East Court Road
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Melanie understands the value of literacy in schools and has a passion for books.  Since the recent cut backs to elementary libraries, Melanie has been an instrumental leader in the new formation of the East Court Road Library.  She has taken over managing the school library, organizing everything from book inventory to scheduling volunteers. 

         Melanie also administers and coordinates the annual Scholastic Book Fair for East Court Road School.  This yearly event is a fundraiser for the school and provides East Court with $800 that is implemented back into the school library.  School libraries contribute to the overall achievement and learning in elementary schools. 

         Melanie’s passion for children and literacy has continued to provide chance for the youth at East Court Road to experience and explore the world of literacy and the opportunities to expand their minds.

           The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you Melanie for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community


Published on May 13, 2014

Nancy Loomer - Outstanding community volunteer
Nominated by 60th Anniversary committee

Nancy was one of the community volunteers to join the 60th anniversary committee, her creative and innovated ideas brought the celebrations beyond what we had even hoped for.  Nancy took on decorating for the 60th anniversary luncheon, an event that brought present and past resident to begin the celebration of the 60th.  Nancy’s decorating added that special touch to the sold out luncheon, which kicked off the celebration.

 

Nancy took on the task of capturing the 60th anniversary celebration persevering a part of our history.  Nancy also volunteered to take pictures of the event to capture it, for the next celebration of the village. Her photos from the event, can be found on the Village of Bible Hill website, and will become a part of the village history which was on display at the 60th anniversary celebration. Nancy is a dedicated member of the community and always willing to lend a hand when needed. 

 

The village would also like to welcome Nancy as our newest member of the Parks & Recreation Committee and excited about the passion and enthusiasm she has for the community.

 

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Nicole MacNeil- Outstanding community volunteer
Nominated by East Court Road

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Nicole goes above and beyond the role of as a teacher by countlessly volunteering her time for East Court Road School and its students.  She is currently an active member of the School Advisory Committee.  Nicole brings creative and innovative ideas, which ultimately expand student-learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.  She is currently in the process of establishing a project to beautify the ground of East Court Road, to make the school a more welcoming home and a greater learning environment for the many youth of our community.

         Nicole has run the breakfast program at the school for the past year, which provides a nutritional breakfast for kids before school each day.

On top of running this essential program daily, she is in charge of picking up all supplies in her spare time.  She has admitted to preparing cereal bags for the next day breakfast program in her spare time, usually in the evenings on her way to her kids sporting events.  Nicole goes above and beyond by also adding that special touch to the breakfast program by cooking home made nutritious muffins weekly, which by the way, is a hit with all the kids. 

Without her endless efforts this program would not be as successful and students would not be provided with the opportunity of a healthy meal that has been proven to provide improvements in learning, attendance, behaviour and self-esteem in children.

         Nicole’s passion for kids extends beyond the school environment and into her church where she volunteers countless hours.  She volunteers as the superintendent of the Sunday school program, she also sits on the Church Council as the clerk just to name a few of the many roles she carries within her chruch.

         To quote Marlan Wright Edelman “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

         The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you Nicole for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a vibrant community

Published on May 13, 2014

Ruby Purdy - Outstanding Community Service Award
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Ruby Purdy Nominated by Atlantis

For the past 14 years, Ruby has been a member of Atlantis, during her time she has been a valued member of the micro-community.  She has been serving on the membership committee and functioning as chairwoman for many years.  Her volunteering extends beyond her committee work as she can be seen assisting neighbours with seasonal decorating, snow removal landscaping and a liaison with the public.

Ruby is a great asset to Atlantis, she is always willing to do whatever it takes, anything from flower gardens, lawn care, shovelling, helping out a neighbour and more she is a great and well-appreciated neighbour, friend and volunteer.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Tammy MacKenzie - Outstanding community service award
Nominated by East Court Road
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Schools are built on the support of strong involved parents like Tammy.  Her volunteering allows her and other children in the school to experience more than just what is provided. 

Tammy is part of the strong volunteer base at the school library that that stepped up in absence of funding to keep giving the youth the opportunity to expand their minds.  Tammy also works with Melanie in volunteering during the Scholastic book fair, which provides new books for the library at East Court Road.  Tammy is always there when called upon to enrich the experience of the youth at East Court Road.

         The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community

Published on May 13, 2014

Published on May 13, 2014

Rod Kinnear with Bible Hill Fire Brigade
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Unfortunately Rod is unable to be with us tonight, but I would like to read his bio in appreciation for everything he has done for the Village.

For the past 18 years Rod Kinnear has served the Village of Bible Hill Community as an active member of the Bible Hill Volunteer Fire Brigade.  Rod’s commitment to the brigade involves not only fighting fires but he is also a member of the Special Hazards Response Unit, equipment selection, member training for water rescue team and water team leader.  Rod goes about his business quietly but is a common sense volunteer.  In the last year he has put in countless hours for the brigade in setting up the hardware connections for the ‘I am responding’ service.  Rod commitments to safety within the Village extend beyond the fire brigade, as he is a RCMP auxiliary member for our community.

The Village of Bible Hill would like to thank you for everything that you do for the community and making Bible Hill a stronger community.


Several Bible Hill residents were recently honoured for their contribution to the community.

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