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Valley man receives provincial volunteer award

Robert Fulton is one of this year’s winners of a provincial volunteer award. Fulton has been volunteering in the Truro area for more than 40 years.
Robert Fulton is one of this year’s winners of a provincial volunteer award. Fulton has been volunteering in the Truro area for more than 40 years. - Lynn Curwin
VALLEY, N.S. —

When Robert Fulton agreed to join the Colchester East Hants VON board of directors he had no idea he’d still be volunteering there 22 years later.
“I joined because a friend asked me, but I stayed because I felt the organization was doing such good work and the people are great,” he said. “Sometimes I think I’ll just stay and finish one challenge, and then another comes up.”
The board is in charge of the community support program, which includes the adult day program. There are day programs running at a couple of locations in Truro and there are plans to have one running in East Hants soon.
Fulton has been on several committees and served as president and vice-president. He’s been treasurer since 2002.
“His commitment to the VON is phenomenal,” said Donna Verheuvel, coordinator of community support with the Colchester East Hants VON. “Even when he’s away he does the financials and reporting. We have so much trust in him because we know everything is being taken care of.”
Fulton has volunteered with Scouts, Truro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Truro and District Chamber of Commerce, Truro Curling Club, First United Church, Masonic Order, Philae Shrine Temple, and United Way, as well as the Colchester Association of the Developmentally Disabled, which combined with another organization to become what is now the Colchester Community Workshops. While working as a teacher he was recognized for his volunteer activities with students.
“I believe we have to give back to the community that supports us,” he said. “My parents instilled the importance of that in me.
“Without volunteers a lot of non-profit organizations that are around wouldn’t exist.”
He noted it’s important to keep balance in life and he and his wife Charlotte, who have been married since 1973, enjoy traveling, camping, canoeing, theatre and the symphony.
He was humbled and honoured to hear he was a recipient of the provincial volunteer awards this year.
“It’s very rewarding to volunteer,” he added. “I do it because I want to, not because I have to.”

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