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Volunteerism is the heart of our community

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community.

Volunteers contribute their time, passion and skills in our communities every day, making a significant impact on the lives of those in Lunenburg County.

A strong culture of volunteerism enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and enriches the lives of those who volunteer, as well as those who benefit from the volunteerism. It’s a wonderful way to feel good about yourself and your community, can improve your life satisfaction and may even improve your health. Improvements in issues like mortality, mental health, and life satisfaction have been closely linked to volunteering.

One way we appreciate and celebrate volunteerism in our communities is through our municipal reception held each year during Volunteer Week. Community organizations are invited to send two representatives to the municipal reception. Another celebration of volunteers is through the selection of our representative volunteer. One volunteer (individual, couple, or group) will be selected to represent the municipality at the 46th Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony, hosted by Premier Stephen McNeil, which will take place on April 27 in Halifax.

The deadline to apply for representative volunteer is Jan. 31 and the deadline to apply for the municipal reception is April 2. Forms are available at modl.ca/recreation/volunteer-recognition or by calling 902-541-1343 or emailing kristy.kaizer@modl.ca.

Are you seeking an organization that needs volunteers? It’s as easy as visiting volunteerns.ca, or contacting your local service club, fire hall, or community organization. Most organizations need a multitude of people in different roles, with a variety of skill sets.

To all the volunteers in Lunenburg County, past, present and future, please accept our deepest thanks.

Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is the mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. She writes a monthly column, which appears in the South Shore Breaker, and can be reached at mayor@modl.ca

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