Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony held in Halifax

Volunteers from across the province have been honoured at the 43rd annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony in Halifax.

There were 65 honorees in total, including a number of local recipients, who were all nominated by their municipalities.

Winners in the Fundy Region were Joan Fowler, Beverly Ann Clark, Douglas Perry in Cumberland County, Beth MacKay, Don Henderson, Jennifer Tibert, and Glenda Kent in Colchester County, and Florence Daigle-Day in East Hants.

In the Highland Region, winners included Georgie Dewey, Alison Arsenault, Kim Livingston, Angela Hackett, Allan Best, and Joe MacDonald in Pictou County.


2017 Representative Volunteers (from the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage):

Fundy Region

JOAN FOWLER- Town of Amherst
Joan Fowler, a resident of the Town of Amherst, is very involved in the community, and has volunteered a great amount of her time to three local organizations including the Amherst Chapter Kidney Foundation, Christmas for Kids, and Dick’s Jamboree. She is a loyal, responsible and committed volunteer throughout the community. Joan was first motivated to volunteer to further help others and get more involved with her community. Since then, she has made a great impact and given thousands of kids in Cumberland County a brighter Christmas, has helped lead several Kidney Foundation fundraisers, and has given her hand in many other volunteer roles. Her keen interest in financial accountability has benefited her volunteer committees immensely, along with her tireless efforts and thoughtful actions reflected through her work ethic.

BETH MACKAY - Village of Bible Hill
Beth has been volunteering in her community for more than 60 years. During that time she has contributed to many causes, including her church, local hospitals, and service groups. Over the years she has helped the Bible Hill Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary, and has been a longtime fundraiser with the Canadian Cancer Society, selling and collecting daffodils. She has also sold poppies for the Colchester Regional Legion, and washed hair and read to the patients of Colchester Community Hospital. Her longstanding commitment to giving back to the community is a shining example to us all. She also sat on the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers & Sisters, and The Rotary House. She is especially proud of the hours she spent every week for four years helping members of her community with mental challenges.

DONALD E. HENDERSON - Municipality of Colchester County
Donald has worked continuously and unselfishly for more than 25 years for the community of Brookfield to help enhance, maintain, and create opportunities for all citizens young and old. He truly is the epitome of what it means to be a volunteer. Some of the highlights of his volunteer career include coaching the Brookfield Elks Senior Softball team for 10 years, at both the provincial and national level, and serving as co-chair of the community’s annual fair to help raise funds for the Brookfield Athletic Association. He is also treasurer of both the Brookfield Curling Club and the local ATV club, president of the Brookfield Men’s Club, and premises chair of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex.

FLORENCE DAIGLE-DAY - Municipality of East Hants
Florence has spent many of her years volunteering in her community for school class trips, seniors Christmas parties, and church programs. For the past 21 years, she has been dedicated to MADD East Hants as the founder, an active member and community leader. She spends countless hours supporting others as a victimssupport person, organizing events and conferences, and raising money to educate and inform others about the dangers of impaired driving. She also does road tolls and sobriety road checks with the RCMP.

BEVERLY ANN CLARK - Town of Oxford
Bev has been volunteering for 50 years. For 17 years of those she canvassed for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Kidney Foundation, the Red Cross, and the Canadian Cancer Society. She is also a longtime volunteer for Crime Stoppers, her church choir, the Cumberland Car Club, and as a Guide leader. For eight years she was the president of the Canadian Cancer Society in Oxford. She fondly remembers a fun fashion show idea she came up with to raise money for The Lodge That Gives. She prepared costumes, filled the theatre with people, raised money, and had a blast.

DOUGLAS PERRY - Municipality of the County of Cumberland
Doug is an outstanding member of the Wallace community who sees a need and works very hard to establish a solution. A member of Wallace & Area Development Association for the last 13 years, and president for the last four, he continually has great ideas to add to the charm of the area. He then works hard to establish and maintain them, having designed and built three trail bridges and acquired ownership of the Wallace Lighthouse. Doug was also event chair for the Wallace Dandelion Festival. As longtime trustee of Millard Charman Community Hall, director of Wallace Museum, and member of Wallace Men’s Club, he has established traditions and activities and has maintained historical elements which makes Wallace an excellent place to live and to visit.

JENNIFER TIBERT - Town of Stewiacke
Jennifer has lived in Stewiacke for more than 30 years and has volunteered almost since day one. She has been involved with the preschool/playschool and followed her children through elementary school to high school, helping any way she could. She worked with the PTA, ran fundraisers, and went on school trips. She was involved with Town Day celebrations, including the Town’s centennial. Jennifer dreamt up the idea and organized the Annual Flaunt and Flash Car Show as part of the Ravenous for Rhubarb Festival and has run a spectacular show for the last 10 years. Jennifer personifies community spirit as she is always found contributing to social events through traditional methods or simply by dressing to theme or driving her station wagon around town with a lit Christmas tree on the roof for the Town’s tree lighting evening.

GLENDA KENT - Town of Truro
Glenda has been extremely involved with her local hospital and with the VON Board for 18 years, having served as president. She has worked at the hospital coffee shop for more than 20 years and is currently the Hospital Auxiliary president. She participates with the Read-to-Me program and is a member of the Hospital Foundation. Glenda visits nursing homes and seniors regularly. Glenda’s volunteering does not end there. She has been involved in many community organizations including her church, Firemenettes, and has 45 years perfect attendance with Beta Sigma Phi.

Highland Region

GEORGIE DEWEY - Town of Trenton
Georgie began her volunteering as a young girl, over 70 years ago. She is a humble, silent doer, always there to lend a helping hand for an organization, church group, or someone in her neighbourhood. She is known by her neighbours as an “Angel in Disguise”. She has been a dedicated member of the First United Church her entire life holding a variety of positions over the years. She was an Explorer leader, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendant, board secretary, church newsletter editor, and now at 82 sits on the structural review committee. She has also been an active volunteer with the Pictou Presbyterial, and was the secretary for the Maritime Conference United Church Women for seven years. Most impressively she has been the treasurer for United Church Women for 50 years.

Alison has been an excellent volunteer for the Town of Pictou for many years. She made and donated pillow cases for the pediatric units at Aberdeen and IWK hospitals, and has fundraised for Christmas Daddies and the IWK. She has also fundraised and worked with New Horizons Senior Club as their director, and rental chair for the last four years. Alison helps with the newsletter, pot luck lunches, and organizes the crib and card games. She has volunteered with the Help Line in the past and is currently volunteering as a church ambassador, on the church worship committee, and as a school lunch committee member. For 36 years she was an international judge for Amateur Boxing and held various roles with Boxing Nova Scotia. Alison is a member of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Wall of Fame and has won recognition awards, including Golden Boxer Award for dedicated and spirited support of amateur boxing in Nova Scotia.

KIM LIVINGSTON - Town of New Glasgow
For over 20 years Kim has been a volunteer and proud supporter of her community, and has touched the lives of many. She has contributed her time, expertise, and support towards many groups and organizations such as Race on the River (Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival), Special Olympics, Highland County Residential Services Foundation, VON of Pictou County, Pictou County Kennel Club, The Shepherd’s Lunch Room, Girl Guides, the West Side Community Centre, and the Johnny Miles Race. In 2015, Kim received the Florence Guthro Memorial Award for Special Olympics’ Pictou County Volunteer of the Year. Kim is a dedicated, hard working, and compassionate volunteer who brings warmth and concern to others, with a sense of humour and sincerity that makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Kim exemplifies true leadership and continues to inspire those around her.

ANGELA HACKETT - Town of Stellarton
Angela volunteered as a La Leche League Leader from 2009-2013 helping nursing mothers with support for breast feeding. Angela then helped start the first Roller Derby Association in Pictou County and worked as their first club president from 2012-2015. Now Angela dedicates a great deal of personal time towards her daughter’s elementary school coordinating the breakfast program, assisting in the fluoride program, and volunteering when needed as a chaperone on class trips. Angela has shown dedication, kindness, and compassion in her volunteering to help organizations in her community succeed. She has always put her best foot forward to help out those in need and makes an impact in any organization she works with and on the people involved.

ALLAN BEST - Town of Westville
The Town of Westville is extremely lucky to have a leader like Allan involved with sport in the community. Allan has been involved in almost every aspect of Westville Minor Baseball. He came to the sport as a parent looking to get involved and has been active in coaching, fundraising, field maintenance, and community engagement. The sport would not be what it is today in the Town of Westville without the work that Allan has done and continues to do. Allan’s love for learning and his competitive spirit are not restricted to the sport of baseball. For 23 years Allan has also been heavily involved in hockey in town and over the years has volunteered for curling and music events as well.

JOE MACDONALD - Municipality of Pictou County
Joe has been a committed volunteer to his community for 30 years. During that time, he has served as firefighter and chief with Barney’s River Fire Department, and has been especially involved in fire prevention. In addition, he was a member of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association for 22 years, member of the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia for nine years, vice president of the Pictou County Fire Fighters Association for two years, and member of the Liaison Committee to Pictou County Council for Rural Fire Departments since 2016. Joe also has served as president and past president for the Kenzieville Community Centre since 2001, as volunteer and chair of the Kenzieville Cemetery for the last seven years, and was the founding member of Twin Highway 104 Committee back in 2014.