Special gifts for special people in Smoky River

FCSS has plans to honour region’s volunteers

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Volunteers in the Falher-McLennan areas will be honoured during Volunteer Appreciation Week set for April 18-24.

Smoky River Family and community Support Services will celebrate volunteers in varouis ways since large gatherings are not permitted under restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the week, our volunteers will be recognized with a gift from FCSS,” says Diane Dolhan, FCSS program developer.

“With COVID-19 restrictions, we were very limited as to what we could plan for gatherings and activities.”

Four recipients will be specially recognized with awards.

“We asked the community to nominate members of the region as volunteers and from those names we pick one entry for each category,” Dohlan says.

“Without people like them, our communities would not be the same.”

Those winners include:

Youth – Haley Dolhan for her volunteer work as a junior firefighter.
Individual – Pauline Therriault. She continuously devoted her time and attention on many boards and committed in the region, including minor hockey, gymnastics, daycare committee, school committee, Falher and Area Beautification and Leisure Activities Society, Donnelly playground committee, Guy-Donnelly Sportex and more.
Couple – Kelsey and Marc Fournier. They spend countless hours volunteering for minor hockey, minor ball, school functions, soccer, ball diamond repairs, coaching volleyball, minor hockey, and managing hockey teams.
Organization – McLen- nan Municipal Library board.

Recipients will pick up their prizes at the FCSS office in Falher during the week of April 19.

“This is the first year people will receive gifts rather than host an event,” Dolhan says.

“Usually we have an event or evening to celebrate our volunteers, but because of COVID-19 restrictions we had to change our plans.”

The gifts will be given as special thanks.

“We decided to do this to celebrate and recognize the hard work of our volunteers, especially during 2020 with COVID-19,” Dolhan says.

Other volunteers will be contacted by telephone to pick up their gift.

The Snow Angels are invited to a private bowling party and pizza supper April 19 in Girouxville.

The youth council and food bank volunteers will get a free pizza lunch at school during that week as well.

FCSS is also recognizing volunteers on social media on Facebook during the April.

Smoky River FCSS received a Volunteer Alberta grant of $500 to purchase gifts and host the bowling and pizza party and a $500 from UFA to honour the youth volunteers.

FCSS also wants to recognize its board members; Cheryl Isert as the animator for the rural mental health project, Lexi Labreque for her help with the Snow Angels, and Evelyne and Gilbert Lefebvre as general volunteers for FCSS.

FCSS also will recognize the online concert musicians and the Old Thyme Family Dance musicians.

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