It was an absolute honour to be invited to join MTH Volunteer Extraordinaire Lorna Turner as she was awarded by Volunteer Halton as Milton’s Community Volunteer of the Year.
Picture l-r Bob Walker, Ruth Parkinson, Lorna Turner, Margot Johnson and Audrey Peddie – all of whom have been involved, in one way or another, since the very beginning.
Lorna does such an incredible amount for MTH, often behind the scenes with little fanfare. She co-chairs, along with Margot Johnson, Coldest Night of the Year, our biggest annual fundraiser. She sits on the Communications Committee, manages a large part of the MTH communications strategy and writes and submits all of our grants. To see her recognized and honoured for that, and all the other work she does in our community was a phenomenal experience, and I am so grateful to have been invited to share in the celebration.
“Volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit organization, and I often say that the true strength of MTH is the quantity and quality of the volunteers we are so fortunate to have to support us.”
Every year MTH honours a Volunteer of the Year and our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Freda Flook, is known to many for her meticulous and comprehensive tracking of volunteer data as well as her efficiency and organizational skills behind so many of our community events.
Volunteering can take so many forms. I hesitate to begin trying to list the amazing men and women who have, in the past two months, made bot our Coldest Night of the Year and Empty Bowls so successful. I know if I try to list them, I will inadvertently leave someone out, so I will simply thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart for the work that they do.
As well, we have our amazing crew of helpers from Community Living North Halton (clockwise from bottom left: Sharon, James, Greg, and Tanya).
This incredible team of community volunteers springs into action when a client graduates, cleaning and making the vacant unit ready for the next client. Without them, we’d struggle to make sure that new clients were moving into their new homes on a timely basis, and so having the help of Sharon, James, Greg and their super leader Tanya from Community Living North Halton has a tangible effect on how we do what we do, and I am so grateful to them.
This blog (and my slow learning of how to manage it!) wouldn’t be possible without an extraordinary amount of volunteer hours put in by John Gregory and his company Opencity Inc. John undertook a complete remake of our website and is still on hand to answer my panicked calls when I can’t get an image to load or spacing to work properly.
National Volunteer Week
As our Mayor Gord Krantz often says “I would be remiss if” I didn’t acknowledge the indomitable group who founded Milton Transitional Housing just a few short years ago and have dedicated tireless volunteer hours to bring us to the success we now have. We salute and thank all of you, along with all of the truly wonderful dedicated people who volunteer in so many ways to MTH. National Volunteer Week is drawing to close but the time, difference, work and support all of you amazing people will live on, long after National Volunteer Week has come and gone.
Thanks to all of you for all that you do. We couldn’t do it without you! Donna
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