St. Andrews mayor George Pike (right) presents long time volunteer Jim Want with an RM of St. Andrews Volunteer award at the St. Andrews Community Club on May 4. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
Hundreds of volunteers, family members, friends, and supporters of the RM of St. Andrews attended the community’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening at the St. Andrews Community Club on May 4.
The Volunteer Appreciation Evening began with dinner and was quickly followed by speeches from St. Andrews mayor George Pike, Gimli MLA Jeff Wharton and Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan.
“Everybody that chips in is just incredible. Again our hats off to each and every one of you,” Wharton said. “You certainly make a difference in your community.”
Bezan thanked all of the volunteers who step up and make a difference in the community.
“You’re making a huge difference and you’re doing it out of the goodness of your heart,” Bezan said. “Because you’re investing your own blood, sweat and tears into your local clubs and organization, you’re making St. Andrews a better place for everyone. By making St. Andrews stronger, you’re making Jeff and my jobs easier.
The recognition of the RM of St. Andrews outstanding volunteers for 2017 took place after the dignitaries spoke.
The RM handed out three Youth Volunteer awards and they went to Haley Ichiiwa, Dakota Ataman and Zack Dawnson.
St. Andrews also handed out a number of volunteer awards which were presented to Jane Brown, Helen Walker, Jim Want, Dale Taylor, Sonya Nicolson, Bob Jesson, Michelle Stamm, and Kim Zelych.
“He’s always ready to pitch in,” Pike said when describing Taylor’s volunteer efforts.