The event began with fellowship – volunteers and staff mingled, chatted, and enjoyed delicious food that was expertly catered by Chef Judi Falardeau, a resident of 40 Oaks.
Then the evening’s program, co-hosted by Bruce Voogd, Fund Development Manager, and Marilyn Wright, Volunteer Coordinator, began.
Speaking to the volunteers, Greig Clark, CRC Board Chair, said “The CRC is truly blessed to have found a friend in all of you. The work that is done here by our dedicated volunteers is making a difference to the lives of so many and the efforts that you are making as individuals and as a team is absolutely commendable”.
Louis Moody, CRC Executive Director, remarked, “When I arrived in February I was impressed immediately by the support of volunteers and the strength of CRC based on their commitment.” She went on to speak about the new developments at CRC and how our volunteers and their dedication will play an important role in CRC continuing to deliver its expanding programing.
After Louise spoke, two door prizes – $50 gift certificates to the Paint Box Café – were handed out. Volunteers Neil Clarke and Barry Skinner were the lucky recipients.
All the volunteers in attendance were recognized for their particular contribution, whether they served in the meal program, in the clothing program, on one of CRC’s committees, or on the Board. And all received a certificate of thanks for their contribution to CRC during 2012-13.
But the highlight of the evening was the opportunity for CRC to honour 10 exceptional people who have been volunteering for over ten years or more. They were:
For each person, a story of their contribution to CRC was read for the audience. Then each received a special plaque and gift, had their picture taken with Greig Clark and Louise Moody, and enjoyed the applause of an appreciative audience. It was a moving experience.
CRC also acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Marilyn Wright, our volunteer Volunteer Coordinator for all the time and effort she has given CRC this past year.
The evening ended with a wonderful concert by the Upper Canada Choristers. Three of the choir members – Eleanor Heinze, Jannie Mills, and Lois Wilson – are also CRC volunteers. Part of the performance included the audience singing with the choir on “Alouette” (with actions) and “Guantanamera”.
The evening ended with Bruce thanking everyone for their participation and encouraging all to take home a treat bag with goodies – Fortune Cookies donated by Wings through our Board Member Scott Jaglowitz and Lindt Chocolates donated by Sarina Condello.
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