Volunteers make Fort Richmond vibrant

By: Kerri Irvin-Ross, MLA for Fort Richmond

As published in The Sou’wester

May 15, 2013

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that it is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no one can sincerely try to help another without also helping themselves.

Manitoba is a province rich with volunteers who are prepared to give generously of their time and energy to enhance the lives of those around them.

Fort Richmond is very fortunate to have many residents who are prepared to work hard on behalf of our community, dedicating many hours to creating a stronger, healthier community for us all to enjoy.

The Midwinter Festival held in Fort Richmond this winter is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished by community members working together for a common good.

Many volunteer hours were spent planning, organizing and running events on the day of the Festival. As a result, this event was a huge success and went a long way towards strengthening connections between community members.

The Volunteer Services Department at the Victoria General Hospital recruits, trains and places volunteers throughout the hospital where their time and talents can enrich the hospital experience for both patients and visitors.

The Fort Garry Seniors’ Resource Council and Pembina Active Living 55+ are both seniors groups driven by volunteers. These groups are committed to working to connect older adults in south Winnipeg with appropriate community resources and to provide them with active living and leisure pursuits.

The volunteers of both these groups are dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults.

On April 9 it gave me great pleasure to present Diamond Jubilee Medals to Fort Richmond residents Vivian Courchene, Lindsay Bristow and Bob Thompson in recognition of their many achievements and outstanding commitment to serving their community.

Congratulations to the Ryerson Association of Parents and Teachers for their hard work on a successful application for a Community Places grant for playground development.

Volunteers are working hard throughout Fort Richmond whether it be at Richmond Kings Community Centre, the Boys and Girls Club, local schools and daycares, newcomers groups, churches.... the list goes on and on.

I would like to congratulate all the volunteers who contribute daily to making Fort Richmond a positive, vibrant place to live.

If you have some spare time and energy and would like to contribute to your community as a volunteer contact a local community group... they would love to hear from you.

You can also contact Volunteer Manitoba at 204-477-5180 or check out www.mbvolunteer.ca for a listing of current volunteer opportunities.