Flamborough Connects honours volunteers for their service

 

Change in format, time and location fosters deeper connections with community organizations, says organizer

Volunteers – and the work that they do to make our community stronger – were squarely the spotlight Tuesday evening.

Flamborough Connects (FC)  honoured 15 local organizations at this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, which underwent a major makeover with a new date, time and format.

“It was a lot of fun,” FC Executive Director Colleen Stinson told FlamboroughToday following the event.

In total, 48 people attended the festivities at the Flamborough Seniors Centre, including FC staff and board members, dignitaries and honourees.

Traditionally, the celebration took place during Seniors Month in June, and the senior volunteer of the year was announced. The decision to schedule this year’s festivities during National Volunteer Week and change up the ceremony and presentations came from feedback garnered following the 2023 event.

“We did it differently this year because it was universal recognition,” Stinson said. “People were very happy last year that we recognized all of the award nominees – there were five of them – and the feedback that we got was that people wanted to see more universal recognition, ongoing.”

 

Stinson added that holding the event in April was also a good fit.

Flamborough Connects board chair Shantal Woolsey welcomes guests at the Volunteer Appreciation event Tuesday evening. Garry Flood photo

“The other feedback that we got was that people would prefer to see the volunteer recognition happening during volunteer week than during seniors month in June,” she said. “And since we’re now recognizing volunteers across several age groups from youth to seniors, that made perfect sense.”

The evening started with a dessert buffet and a chance to mingle, followed by the presentation ceremony. Each organization was called up to receive a package containing certificates from each ward councillor – Ward 12’s Craig Cassar, Ward 13’s Alex Wilson and Ward 15’s Ted McMeekin – as well as one from MPP Donna Skelly and one from Flamborough Connects. Each agency had a chance to talk about the work they do, and in turn called up the volunteers they wanted to recognize, who each received their own personalized certificates.

“Every organization had a chance to talk about their organization and the volunteers that they brought with them,” said Stinson, noting the new format added a different layer to the event. “ It was about volunteering but it was also learning about the community.”

Several local businesses came on board as sponsors this year to make the festivities extra special, including Red Hill Car Wash, The Firehall Dentist, BLR and Symposium Waterdown, while flower arrangements were donated by Connon Nurseries. Flamborough Seniors Centre provided the space.

And while the feedback on this year’s event is still being compiled, Stinson was happy to share that most of the surveys she’s seen so far are positive.

“What people said were things like it was such a great opportunity to learn about all of the different organizations in Flamborough and the things they do,” she said.

Or, as one survey responded commented, “If you didn’t feel connected to your community when you arrived, you sure did when you left.”

Volunteer organizations honoured this year

  • Flamboro Skating Club
  • Flamborough Archives & Heritage Society
  • Flamborough Connects
  • Flamborough Food Bank
  • Flamborough Horticulture Society
  • Food with Grace Waterdown Food Bank
  • Freelton Lions Club
  • Friends of Alexander Place
  • Healthy Youth Network
  • Out of the Cold at Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Optimist Club of Carlisle
  • Optimist Club of Strabane
  • Rotary Club of Flamborough AM
  • Sanskar Canada
  • Village Theatre Waterdown
  • Westover Women’s Institute

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