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Celebrating dedicated community volunteers within Macdonald

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The RM of Macdonald and the Macdonald Public Recreation Commission recognized community volunteers on April 18 at Bridges Golf Course.

Seven volunteer awards were presented for 2013 and one outstanding award for 2012. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Brad Erb, chairperson of the Macdonald Public Recreation Commission and deputy reeve with the RM of Macdonald. Approximately 120 people were in attendance to celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers in the RM of Macdonald. Each award recipient was given a print created by Oak Bluff artist Lorraine Powell.

The 2012 award winner was Janis McMorran of Starbuck, who received an award of merit. She has served on the Starbuck Hall board of directors for over 35 years, and participated in the Starbuck United Church Dinner Theatre 20 years. She is also a member of the steering committee responsible for publishing A Glimpse Back, a collection of written stories and vignettes as told by seniors throughout Macdonald.

Lynne Elke of La Salle, Patsy Andrews-Vert of Starbuck, Larry Manson of Domain and Rita Lavoie of Starbuck received individual community life awards. Jon and Jennifer Magarrell of Domain were presented with a community life award, while Joyce and Rudy Dusik from Oak Bluff and Isobel Cuddy from Sanford were honoured with awards of merit.

Elke has served as a volunteer board member with the La Salle Community Centre for about eight years, and on the Macdonald Public Recreation Commission for 10 years. She is an active committee member with the Recreation Conference for Community Volunteers, a provincial conference dedicated to developing leadership skills and awareness for recreation volunteers.
Her other volunteer commitments include coaching softball, organizing the La Salle Annual Charity Golf Tournament, CancerCare Manitoba and organizing the RM of Macdonald’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Andrews-Vert initiated the Meridian Arts Festival in 1994, and since that time, has continued to be the main co-ordinator for the past 20 years. She is also choir director and hand bell conductor for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Starbuck.

Manson was recognized for his volunteer commitment to the Domain Legion, Avonlea United Church and Macdonald Services to Seniors. He holds an honourary membership position with the Domain Legion, and is currently secretary on the executive. He exhibited strong leadership skills in the managing the Glimpse Back project.

Lavoie is an active volunteer with St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Her endless volunteer work in the community includes supporting seniors, neighbours and those who need assistance.

The Magarrells have four young children and operate a mixed farm, but find the time to give back to their community.

Jen has been involved with Domain Recreation since 1998, serving as president for the past several years. She has coached figure skating and co-ordinated the Domain Skating Club since 1997. She also volunteers at the Domain School, helping out with the physical education program.

A member of the Macdonald Public Recreation Commission, She helped organize a community event when Domain hosted the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Jon has spearheaded all of the major upgrades to the Domain Arena for the past eight years. He often coaches teams for Macdonald Hockey and Macdonald Ball. He is a member of the board of directors for the Domain Co-op, a position he has held since 2003.

The Dusiks have a longstanding commitment to volunteering in the RM of Macdonald and Oak Bluff. They are involved in the co-ordination of the Oak Bluff Sports Days, and in the construction of the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre. As members of the Oak Bluff Twirlers, they organized many dance events generating funds for the Rec Centre.

They are volunteers for Think First, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the importance of preventing head and spinal cord injury.

Cuddy is a longstanding volunteer with the Sanford Legion Auxiliary and active member of the Sanford United Church. She volunteers at J.A. Cuddy School and serves on the Macdonald Services to Seniors board of directors.

In addition to the Macdonald Volunteer Service Awards, a special surprise award was presented to Macdonald reeve Rodney Burns.  

Doug Dobrowolski, deputy reeve of Macdonald, presented Burns with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  

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