115 volunteers attended this year’s volunteer recognition dinner that took place on Thursday April 14, 2016 at the Chief and Petty Officers’ Mess. The event, sponsored by CANEX, recognized the significant contribution that volunteers make to Personnel Support Programs, the Base Museum and the Military Family Resource Centre. Collectively, volunteers in the three organizations contributed over 18,000 hours in the past year.
“Volunteers are the heart of the community,” said Ekaterina Gregory, coordinator of volunteers and special events at the MFRC. “Many programs and services depend on volunteers for their success.
The night featured cocktails, a buffet dinner and music bingo. There were speeches from Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier, Ekaterina Gregory, and Sara Johnson, manager at CANEX. Other attendees included over 70 guests of the volunteers, the base commander Capt(N) Steven Waddell and emcee Pat Thomas.
“Volunteers contribute in many different ways at our base,” said Ekaterina. “Some volunteers keep the clubs active and vital, run sports teams, and promote healthy lifestyles. Others curate and preserve the rich history of CFB Esquimalt. Some enhance the support to military families so they can manage the unique challenges associated with the lifestyle.”
“We want to say thank you to each volunteer and their families,” added Ekaterina. “When someone volunteers, they are generously giving of their time and expertise to our community. Without them, none of this would be possible. Their contribution is invaluable.”