To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the Municipality of Clare honoured volunteers from 59 local organizations at its annual volunteer banquet at the Clare Veterans Centre on Thursday, April 11.
The volunteers, who were nominated by Clare’s charitable organizations for their work in the community, were awarded a plaque from the municipality, as well as certificates of recognition from the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia.
“You enrich our community by giving your time, resources and energy,” Warden Ronnie LeBlanc told the crowd of 100 volunteers and guests. “Your kindness and devotion mean a great deal to our community.”
The municipality also recognized Lonnie McNeill as its volunteer of the year. McNeill promotes the Clare Special Olympics and gives much of his time to coaching, transporting athletes and helping all those in need.
Earlier this month, McNeill was recognized at the provincial level at an awards ceremony held in Halifax by the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.
While McNeill could not attend the banquet, he asked Bobby Comeau, regional co-ordinator for Special Olympics, to say a few words on his behalf.
“I am very fortunate to work with a lot of outstanding volunteers and, certainly with regards to Special Olympics, we are always energized and grateful for the opportunity to be with these amazing people and athletes,” he said.
The Municipality of Clare has held a banquet in honour of its volunteers since 1979.