The Township of South Stormont held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 19 at the South Stormont Community Hall. The Madhatter themed dinner was complimented with entertainment by Duo Oz Band followed by guest speaker Dr. Rachel Navanleean. In total, 26 volunteer committees were represented and honoured at the event that celebrated volunteer contributions made during 2012.
“We have numerous volunteers in South Stormont. These individuals, too many to name, contribute in many ways”, said Mayor McGillis. “It is our hope that these volunteers will continue to give back to our community. They make a difference and this Appreciation Banquet acknowledges their countless efforts.”
The highlight of the evening was the introduction of Sandra Donnelly as the recipient of the 2012 Fran Laflamme Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of long standing volunteerism to the community.
Councillor Waldroff provided an overview of her career as a volunteer in the community, starting as a volunteer many years ago with the Royal Canadian Legion Morrisburg Branch. She is also involved in numerous events and organizations, including the Cornwall and District Horticultural Society, maintenance of the Ingleside Cenotaph, Stormont County Fair Board and now as a member of the Board of Directors 2015 International Plowing Match. Sandra has spent 12 years with the Ingleside Fire Women’s Auxiliary and has served as President of the South Stormont Community Foundation. She is also an active member of the Lost Villages Historical Society and Friends of the Ingleside Library.
The Canadian Cancer Society has benefitted from her contributions for 10 years where she began as a volunteer doing whatever, and assisting whoever needed help. For the past number of years she has been Chair of the Ingleside Farran Park Relay for Life. This event has become one of the largest research fundraisers in Ontario. Under Sandra’s direction the 12 hour event comes together annually and continues to grow.
On behalf of staff and Council, congratulations Sandra!