Letter: Volunteers make our community a better place

Life in North Renfrew is enriched by its volunteers!

New organizations and clubs keep popping up, adding to the 50+ social, cultural, sports and non-profit groups that sustain a diverse smorgasbord of activities in our communities.

A small committee of dedicated volunteers organized numerous events for the Canada 150 celebrations in 2017.

In December, they teamed up with the town of Deep River to offer a day of child and adult centred activities before the Santa Claus parade: crafts, face painting, pony rides, seasonal music, a Christmas arrangement workshop.

In December, the Chalk River Legion hosted a lunch with Santa, the Real Hope Christian Assembly church prepared a turkey dinner, Mackenzie Community School’s Link crew raised money for North Renfrew Family Service’s Christmas toy drive and Beta Sigma Phi club co-ordinated the annual Christmas basket program.

Musical groups and churches entertained us with concerts.

I’ve missed many other events and groups but the month of December was an exceptional one in its offerings.

How fortunate we are!

In a spirit of giving thanks, I’m grateful to our elected municipal officials, a dedicated, special group of volunteers.

For 2018, my hope is that more citizens become involved in our communities, especially on boards and clubs’ executives.

You learn new skills, meet great people and understand and appreciate how vibrant our communities are.

If you’re looking to volunteer, check out a new volunteer-organization match up service. The Deep River Community Association (DRCA), <drca.ca>, has a new page for those looking for ways to give back to the community.

DRCA member organizations list their volunteer opportunities and are receptive for any amount of time offered.

It’s a win-win proposition.

Let’s celebrate our volunteers!

Marie Corriveau