Wetaskiwin and region generous to charities

  • Apr. 5, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

 

Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot signs a declaration for Volunteer Week in 

Wetaskiwin.

 

Wetaskiwin has acquired a much deserved reputation for being a charitable community. Just ask any of the 150 charitable organizations operating in Wetaskiwin and they will tell you how willing businesses, individuals and corporations are, to supporting the various worthwhile causes. Attend any of the numerous charitable golf tournaments, galas, suppers and other fundraisers and witness first- hand the generous giving of time, money, sponsorship and auction items.

A very important resource for organizations is the readiness for citizens to volunteer. That is why for the past several months a dedicated ‘volunteer committee’ led by Sharla Campbell, City of Wetaskiwin FCSS, and Volunteer Services has been thoughtfully sharing ideas to plan a celebration worthy of the 20th edition of Volunteer Week. This tribute will recognize the multitude of volunteers required to operate the approximately 250 volunteer organizations served in a region stretching from Alder Flats to Gwynne and Millet to Hobbema. Volunteer week was proclaimed by Mayor Bill Elliott to be celebrated in Wetaskiwin the week of April 15th to 21st, 2012.

Sharla Campbell is proud of the achievements of volunteers and reminds us that,  “April 21, 1992 was the first annual Wetaskiwin & Area National Volunteer Week celebration. Twenty years have passed and many, many accomplishments have been recognized, many speeches have been heard and most importantly of all, many volunteers have heard the words ‘thank you’ echoed through the community, just for them!”

The Committee has unveiled an ambitious celebration for Volunteer Week 2012 including:

 

1)Two Workshops

Engaging New Canadians as Volunteers - 

Intersections: Supporting Rural Organizations to Better Engage Immigrant Volunteers 

Learn how to better integrate immigrants as volunteers and active members.

Thursday, April 05 at 1:30 pm

 Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum 

Screening Volunteers In … Not Out 

Learn how to create an inviting culture that attracts and retains new volunteers; develop effective screening procedures –showing volunteers and clients they are valued; and discover tools that help you re-think your organization’s approach to screening. 

Thursday, April 05 at 7:00 pm 

Hugo Witt Room, Millet Agriplex, Millet 

Deadline to register is Monday, April 02.

2)Volunteer Appreciation Night featuring comedian Ken Valgardson 

Thursday, April 19 — 6:30 – 8:30 pm 

Wetaskiwin Memorial Centre, 5206 – 50 Street.The small gift of a ticket to this event is a great way to show your appreciation for the time and talents your volunteers share with you all year round! Tickets $7.00 each

A PowerPoint presentation will be a special feature at the Volunteer Appreciation Night. Have your  organization featured in the presentation by submitting THEN and NOW volunteer photos.  Submit at least two photos of your volunteer organization in action – one from your organizations past (20 years ago if you have them) and one taken within the last year. Also include a one sentence description of what the photo is about and when it was taken. 

Photos must be submitted by Friday, April 13!

3)Treat your volunteers to a much deserved break! 

Give them a free Coffee Break coupon and they can enjoy a free coffee or tea during Volunteer Week. Another great way to use your Coffee Break coupons is to get your volunteers together and go for coffee at one of the participating restaurants. Have a great visit and enjoy each other’s company. 

2012 Participating Restaurants: 

Wetaskiwin: A & W Drive In;  Co-op Country Junction;  Grandma Lee’s;  Smitty’s. Millet: Millet Skillet. Westerose: Charlie’s Place ; Daisy McBeans. Falun: Faye’s Diner. Winfield: Winfield Family Restaurant.

CALL 780-361-4425 now to reserve your free Coffee Break Coupons!

Sharla describes the work of volunteers as, “essential to maintaining resilient communities at home and around the world.  The list of volunteer groups in our community is endless. The Wetaskiwin & Area Volunteer Week Committee hopes that you will join us in celebrating 20 years and take part in National Volunteer Week 2012!”

For more information contact Sharla at (780) 361-4425

E-mail: scampbell@wetaskiwin.ca 

 

Just Posted

City of Wetaskiwin saves nearly $1M, restructures staff

‘Streamlining’ results in 10 positions eliminated at City of Wetaskiwin

Team Alberta ends Games strongly with 44 medals in week one

Alberta is currently sitting in second place of the medal standings

PHOTOS: Alberta male team takes silver in Winter Games relay speed skating

Alberta was close behind Quebec in the team relay speed skating finals

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Maskwacis RCMP seek three in home invasion case

Maskwacis RCMP investigate home invasion

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

WATCH: Pet therapy brings calmness to Winter Games athletes

Canada Winter Games in Red Deer continue on until March 2nd

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

Child advocacy centre raising funds through Dream Home Lottery

The child advocacy centre in Red Deer uses its resources to help kids all over Central Alberta

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Most Read