Nominations sought for volunteer awards

The Sylvan Lake Volunteer Centre is asking the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized

The Sylvan Lake Volunteer Centre is asking the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized during National Volunteer Week April 12 to 18.

“They give and they make our community what it is,” said Volunteer Centre administrator Karen Miller, referring to the volunteers whose hard work, dedication and commitment will be recognized at two events throughout the week – one a volunteer recognition afternoon tea, the other a volunteer gala and awards evening.

The afternoon tea will take place April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., and will kick off Volunteer Week events in Sylvan Lake.

The gala and awards evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 17, and will see a catered dinner held at 6:30 p.m. That will be followed by musical entertainment and the presentation of three awards – Volunteer of the Year, Healthy Communities Initiative Cup and Distinguished Volunteer Services.

“Everyone gets the recognition they deserve,” Miller said. “They work hard for our community, and it’s a way to say a big thank you.”

Miller said last year’s gala was well attended, with nearly 300 people present.

The annual event, she feels, provides a fitting way to honour those who give so much for so little in return.

“They are very proud when they come in, because they all have one thing in common – they are all there because they are volunteers,” she said. “It’s quite an outstanding atmosphere when you walk into the room.”

Miller said volunteers don’t seek recognition, and instead donate their time and efforts to helping strengthen their community.

“They care about what’s going on,” she said. “They want to be involved and they want to help shape things. We are saying thank you as a whole for the town.”

Nomination forms may be completed at the Volunteer Centre inside the Sylvan Lake Community Centre on 43 St., or online at www.sylvanlake.ca under the ‘FCSS’ tab.

More information is available by calling 403-887-1137.