Minden Hills looking for volunteers to recognize
By Sue Tiffin
As you are reading this article, you know someone in Minden who deserves a volunteer award. Maybe you see them at the local school, helping students with reading, or making sure a hungry child gets a snack. You might have a friend in a service club or organization who is always going above and beyond as part of that club. They might be shovelling driveways on your street, just because, or a teenager giving up homework time in order to help at a neighbourhood event.
The Township of Minden Hills would like to know who they are, too, to help distribute their annual volunteer awards and are asking for members of the public to consider nominating someone they know.
“I think it’s a really nice way to honour those people who are doing something in our community for the community,” said Elisha Weiss, community development coordinator. “They may see it as a small job, but in the grand scheme of things, they’re contributing to this event which makes up the fabric of this community.”
Weiss is asking for nominations for several categories.
“Putting an event together is a lot of work, coming out to volunteer for the event is a huge commitment and I think people should be recognized for their efforts,“ she said.
The Ross Rigney Award is awarded to an outstanding youth between the ages of 12 and 19 in the Minden Hills area, in recognition of the amalgamated township’s first reeve, Ross Rigney, and the value he placed on mentoring youth and encouraging their participation in the community. Past winners include Drew Hewitt, Spencer Devolin and Denniella and Daniel Rivard.
The Minden Hills Good Neighbour Award honours an unsung hero, someone who offers a single act of kindness or has done multiple deeds benefitting many people.
“Nominees for this award should be someone who has taken the initiative to do spontaneous or unheralded deeds, rather than participation in group activities such as those with community groups or associations that result in Minden Hills being a more enjoyable community to live in,” reads the criteria information page. Past winners include Ken Casey, Diane Peacock and Casey Cox.
The Gordon A Monk award for volunteerism and citizenship is awarded in recognition of Gord Monk’s achievements and is awarded to someone who has demonstrated extensive volunteerism over an extended period of time in multiple areas of service to the community, township, or otherwise organized special interest groups or service clubs. Past winners include Linda Brandon, Marilynne Lesperance and Sinclair Russell.
The Arts and Culture Award is given to an individual or group for significant contribution to the art and culture life of Minden Hills through the development, support, preservation or promotion of local heritage, culture, music, visual, performing or literary arts. Past winners include the Minden and District Lions Club.
The Sports and Recreation Award is awarded to an individual, team or group whose athletic accomplishments have brought fame to themselves and their community or those that exemplify healthy active living in Minden Hills. Past winners include Craig and Tammy Smith.
The Trillium Award is given to an individual, group or business whose horticultural, community beautification, civic pride, protection, conservation or enhancement of the environment efforts support the Communities in Bloom program. Past winners include Liz and Nick Case. “There are so many people out there who deserve these awards, and it would be nice for the community to recognize those people to put that nomination forward so we as a committee can be more aware of it as well,” said Weiss.For more information, visit mindenhills.ca/volunteering or call 705-286-3154.