On May 22, CRC celebrated our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event.
Volunteers are essential members of the CRC team, and we rely on their ongoing dedication and support to run the programs and services that CRC has to offer.
The evening began with mingling among staff and volunteers, while they enjoyed food and drinks catered by Judi Falardeau, a 40 Oaks resident.
The event, co-hosted by Bruce Voogd, Fund Development Manager, and Sonya Silva, Volunteer Coordinator, began when CRC’s Board Chair Norm Williams described the passion and energy of our volunteers, and read a short poem, “It Only Takes a Moment” by Tom Krause, which captured the spirit of volunteerism at CRC.
Louise Moody, CRC Executive Director, remarked on the benefits of volunteering describing that “at CRC we have seen friendships form and volunteers and participants helped by each other.” She reminded us how CRC is a place where volunteers experience the “quality of reciprocation” through their service here, or as John Deacon, Honorary Board Chair and valued volunteer since 1967 puts it, “it goes both ways”.
One of the highlights of the evening was the honouring of 32 volunteers for 5 or more years of service. The unique contribution made by each volunteer was read aloud. Special recognition was also given to Lois Wilson and Paul Dowling for 10 years of service to CRC. Each of these volunteers received a special plaque and a gift of a CRC apron presented by Norm Williams and Louise Moody.
The contribution of corporate and church groups who volunteer their time to CRC was also honoured. Marilyn Wright, Corporate/Group Relations and Special Events Volunteer, called up representatives from Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Profis Communications, Fusion Learning, and Equitable Bank and read out the volunteer contributions of each of these corporate groups.
Representatives from Rosedale United Church, Olive Branch Community Church, and Bloor Street United Church were also recognized for their volunteer contributions to our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School was also recognized for their contributions to CRC through community service projects and volunteer service hours.
Another highlight of the evening was the wonderful performances from the students at Dixon Hall Music School. This included a choir, pianist, violinists, and classical guitarists; a wonderful showcase of the young talent within the Regent Park community.
During the evening two door prizes – $50 gift certificates to the Paint Box Café – were won by two volunteers.
The event ended with heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, certificates of thanks for each of them for their contributions in 2013-14, and take home gifts of tea and CRC water bottles for all who attended.
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