BIBLE HILL – Wayne McCormick can’t imagine life without volunteering.
The 72-year-old Bible Hill resident has been helping others in the community for as long as he can remember.
“Growing up, my grandmother always said, “Wayne will do it” when someone needed help,” especially with shovelling or getting groceries.
While some may have resented being volunteered, McCormick loved it. And it led to a lifetime of volunteering, including his current efforts with the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill, of which he’s been a member for 51 years, and his volunteerism with the Truro Junior A Bearcats for 17 years. For those efforts, and his assistance to numerous other organizations over the years, McCormick will receive a provincial volunteer award. Awards will be presented in Halifax in early April.
“I can’t go, unfortunately, because of another commitment but I feel good about being nominated,” said McCormick, who was nominated by the Kinsmen club. “I don’t do it for reward but it’s nice being recognized by my peers. It’s not what you get out of it, but what you put in. I feel volunteering should be a part of everyone’s lives … we all have an obligation to help our fellow man.”
And, McCormick has learned, shared experiences have led to lifelong friendships as people bond over weddings, children, even sickness and death.
“I consider all the groups I’ve volunteered with as extended family. It’s been a real blessing and people will benefit from your time and effort,” which helps make stronger, healthier communities.
Examples of that, said McCormick, are donations by the Kinsmen club to local charities. The group recently held a trivia night in which $3,500 was raised for the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. The kinsmen often make donations to charities when the junior A Bearcats score power-play goals, and for many years, the organization has fundraised to help children with cystic fibrosis.
“A long time ago, most kids didn’t live beyond seven or eight years old with cystic fibrosis. Now, a lot of them have their own families.”
Village of Bible Hill commissioners are thrilled McCormick, who is a former commissioner and was chairman for 13 years, will receive a provincial award for his commitment to the community.
“He’s so deserving and has been involved in this community for so many years,” said Lois MacCormick.
“He’s very friendly and approachable,” said Dale McLeod.
“And he has a great sense of humour,” added village clerk Bob Christianson.
Who: Wayne McCormick
Resident of: Bible hill
Family: Wife Evelyn, one daughter and two grandchildren
Volunteer efforts: Currently, Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill and Truro Junior A Bearcats. Previous commitments were to the Scotia Pool, United Way of Colchester, chamber of commerce, Colchester Regional Development Agency, Boy Scouts, and many others.
Hobbies: Spending time at Shortts Lake, swimming, boating, mowing lawns, junior a hockey
Is a fan of: The Toronto Maple Leafs