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Volunteers honoured for community contributions


TRURO - Ruby McDorman knows the valuable of serving the community.

The 69-year-old Debert resident was one of almost 20 volunteers from Truro and Colchester County who were honoured for their dedication to local communities during a volunteer awards gathering on Monday night.

"This is very special ... I'm flabbergasted. I never expected anything like this ... it's just been my nature" to volunteer, McDorman told the Truro Daily News.

"If we don't have volunteers in our communities they will die ... governments can't fund" as many programs and organizations as in the past so residents are needed to step up where they can, she said.

McDorman's volunteer efforts are many. She's involved in church events, the Provincial Aging Well Coalition, Colchester East Hants Library Foundation, Community Links, the Along the Shore Community Health Board and has helped the after-school youth program in Debert.

Assisting youth and seniors in her community are especially close to her heart. Keeping seniors active helps with their "mentality and gives them a focus" to be healthier and happier, she said.

"And youth are our future generation. If don't have youth volunteers we will be messed up big time."

Jim Saunders, 89, of Truro, was another award recipient.

Saunders moved to Truro about 50 years ago and has been volunteering for as long as he can remember. He was asked to assist the VON, along with a few other men, and he never looked back.

"I enjoy doing things to improve things for other people," Saunders said.

"I'd be bored" otherwise, he said.

In addition to his past career in the insurance industry, Saunders made time to lend a helping hand to a number of organizations, including the Children's Aid Society, VON and the Golden K.

"It was something to get me active," he humbly told this paper, adding his love of community is multi-generational.

"My father was mayor of Stellarton and my grandfather was mayor for Westville at the same time when I was a

kid."

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

The following people were recently honoured during the 2015 County Wide Volunteer Awards ceremony:

Deb Barnhill

Jeff Cameron

Charles Crouse

Gloria Demers

Ann Fiddes

Joe Jordan

Susan MacQuarrie

Ruby McDorman

Christina Miller

Daisy Roberts

Marilyn Roberts

Jim Saunders

South Branch Community Council

Stewiacke Valley Museum Historical Society

Ron Warren

2015 provincial volunteer representatives - Charlotte MacQuarrie and Wayne Smith

 

The 69-year-old Debert resident was one of almost 20 volunteers from Truro and Colchester County who were honoured for their dedication to local communities during a volunteer awards gathering on Monday night.

"This is very special ... I'm flabbergasted. I never expected anything like this ... it's just been my nature" to volunteer, McDorman told the Truro Daily News.

"If we don't have volunteers in our communities they will die ... governments can't fund" as many programs and organizations as in the past so residents are needed to step up where they can, she said.

McDorman's volunteer efforts are many. She's involved in church events, the Provincial Aging Well Coalition, Colchester East Hants Library Foundation, Community Links, the Along the Shore Community Health Board and has helped the after-school youth program in Debert.

Assisting youth and seniors in her community are especially close to her heart. Keeping seniors active helps with their "mentality and gives them a focus" to be healthier and happier, she said.

"And youth are our future generation. If don't have youth volunteers we will be messed up big time."

Jim Saunders, 89, of Truro, was another award recipient.

Saunders moved to Truro about 50 years ago and has been volunteering for as long as he can remember. He was asked to assist the VON, along with a few other men, and he never looked back.

"I enjoy doing things to improve things for other people," Saunders said.

"I'd be bored" otherwise, he said.

In addition to his past career in the insurance industry, Saunders made time to lend a helping hand to a number of organizations, including the Children's Aid Society, VON and the Golden K.

"It was something to get me active," he humbly told this paper, adding his love of community is multi-generational.

"My father was mayor of Stellarton and my grandfather was mayor for Westville at the same time when I was a

kid."

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

The following people were recently honoured during the 2015 County Wide Volunteer Awards ceremony:

Deb Barnhill

Jeff Cameron

Charles Crouse

Gloria Demers

Ann Fiddes

Joe Jordan

Susan MacQuarrie

Ruby McDorman

Christina Miller

Daisy Roberts

Marilyn Roberts

Jim Saunders

South Branch Community Council

Stewiacke Valley Museum Historical Society

Ron Warren

2015 provincial volunteer representatives - Charlotte MacQuarrie and Wayne Smith

 

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