Volunteer West Island recognizes 50 faces
Volunteer West Island – Celebrating 50 years of service in the community, Volunteer West Island recognized 50 Outstanding Faces, among the many volunteers who make a difference in the community. With some 100 nominations from local community groups, non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools, healthcare facilities, associations and foundations, 50 exceptional candidates were selected to represent the landscape of volunteers across the West Island and Lachine. These 50 can be characterized as dedicated volunteers who have gone the extra mile. They are people of all ages and varying backgrounds, but with one common thread – their commitment and endless work help us build a better community and improve the quality of life in our community.
With more than 300 guests attending the festivities on April 24th at the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, VWI’s Anniversary Celebration kicked off with a clinking of bubbly and guest speakers including Mr. Fimba Tankoano, Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec, Ms. Alison Stevens of Volunteer Canada, and Mr. Frank Baylis, MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard who graciously presented a congratulatory letter on behalf of the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
“It’s a proud moment for us to celebrate our 50th anniversary with such distinguished guests, supporters, and our 50 Outstanding Volunteers representing the West Island Community during National Volunteer Week, but I am equally honoured to receive kind and supportive words in a letter from the Prime Minister,” remarked Lynda Barrett, Executive Director, Volunteer West Island.
Ms. Barrett extended a “special thank-you to our event sponsors, including Andy Barbiero, Papeterie les entreprises; Tino Carrara, Discount Location d’autos et camions; and Westmount Florist,”
Volunteer West Island’s mission is to facilitate volunteerism by recruiting, training, and referring volunteers to non-profit community organizations in the West Island. VWI also helps seniors remain autonomous, breaking their isolation by developing and implementing social activities and services, including volunteer-driven programs such as Meals on Wheels and the Seniors’ Café.
As Ms Barrett stated, “The volunteers’ dedication and accomplishments are inspirational. They help build a better community and improve the quality of life for all of us in the West Island”.