Over 150 people came together to celebrate the hard work and service of CRC’s volunteers on April 16.
There was time for socializing and enjoying the delicious food catered by Chef Judi Falardeau, a resident of 40 Oaks, and her team. There were games and prizes, with volunteer Ok-kyong Hong winning a $50 certificate for the Paintbox Café.
CRC’s Chair of the Board, Norm Williams, and Executive Director, Louise Moody opening the event, thanking volunteers for their contributions and remarking on how volunteer work is so vital to
helping CRC fulfill its mission.
The contributions of corporate teams and groups that send volunteers to CRC were honoured first.
Marilyn Wright, Corporate/Group Relations and Special Events Volunteer, called up representatives from Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Fusion Learning and Equitable Bank and described the outstanding contributions of each of these companies.
Representatives from Rosedale United Church, Olive Branch Community Church, and Bloor Street United Church were recognized for their contributions to our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The Milestones Team and St. Mike’s Mamas were also thanked for their contributions in the community meal program, and Friends of Regent Park for their leadership over park stewardship.
The highlight of the evening was honouring the individual efforts of 15 volunteers for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service, as well as the five Companions of CRC.
Each of the 15 volunteers was called up to the stage to receive a plaque and CRC hat as a small token of thanks. The story of their volunteer service at CRC was read aloud, which you can read below:
The first ever class of the Companion of CRC was awarded to five individuals who have made extraordinary gifts of time, money, or expertise to CRC. Each Companion had their citation read by Lois Wilson, Co-Chair of the Honorary Board, and then was presented with a special oak leaf lapel pin by Norm Williams and Louise Moody.
The 2014 Companions of CRC are:
The evening ended with special performances by three very talented young spoken word artists, who each read a piece about their experience in Regent Park.
Thank you, thank you to all our dedicated, committed, and selfless volunteers who contribute
their time and talents to CRC.