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Looking for worthy volunteers for annual Macdonald awards

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If you know someone who’s always willing to lend a hand at community events or help out their neighbours in the RM of Macdonald, you can recognize their efforts by nominating them for a Macdonald Volunteer Service Award.

"You don’t have to be a main leader," said Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District director Susanne Moore.

She suggests that Macdonald residents think about those people who are always willing to spend their spare time helping their community in many small ways.

These annual awards were initiated by the Macdonald Public Recreation Commission in 2006 to recognize the municipality’s 125th anniversary and the vital role that volunteers play. They are presented by the commission and RM of Macdonald to residents and organizations performing volunteer work within the municipality.

The awards are divided into youth (under age 25) and individual, with an award of merit presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution within the municipality. The deadline for this year’s nominations is March 7.

Moore said the awards program is successful. Last year’s ceremony on April 18 at Bridges Golf Course drew about 120 people.

"It’s certainly been growing from year-to-year."

A reproduction of Oak Bluff artist Lorraine Powell’s water colour painting, Summer Day, will be given to the award winners. Powell’s piece was selected in a competition for artists living in the RM of Macdonald.

"It’s something that they’ll be proud of and want to hang on their wall," Moore said.

The date of this year’s awards ceremony will be announced in the next month.

For more information and nomination forms, contact the Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District office at 204-885-2444 or info@mhrd.ca

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