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OUR VIEW: It’s the least we can do
Did you know that there are more than 500 active volunteers through Beacon Community Services alone?
That’s the volume of people that go through Sidney’s SHOAL Centre, looking for organizations, events and activities where they can use their skills and experience to help others. Those 500 or more people are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to volunteering on the Saanich Peninsula.
There are many more people in our community that give of their time freely and who may not register through BCS’s volunteer services. It adds up to a lot of folks who are working to help their neighbours and to make our home a better place to live, work and play.
So why not help us celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in the community?
The Peninsula News Review has teamed up with Beacon Community Services for the annual Hearts of the Community volunteer awards.
Between now and Jan. 30, nominations are being accepted to recognize some of these volunteers. Up to six people will be honoured at a special awards luncheon at the Mary Winspear Centre on Feb. 25.
To get us there, we need your nominations. Don’t put it off — if you know of a volunteer (individual or group) who run an event that you love, give of their time in some unsung manner or are always there when the chips are down, let us know.
The Hearts of the Community awards are just one way of celebrating the extra efforts people make on the Saanich Peninsula. It’s part of a community-wide effort to recognize their contribution. The Town of Sidney held its appreciation luncheon at the start of the new year and in the weeks and months ahead in 2014, more organizations will spend a little time doing the same thing.
It’s a small token of appreciation for all that volunteers do — and it’s the least we can do.