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2022 Volunteer Recognition Celebration, April 27, 2022

Fourteen community organizations and sixteen volunteers were represented last evening at a special dinner to honour volunteers in the Municipality of the County of Cumberland. Hosted at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill, volunteers were recognized by emcee, Mr. Greg Herrett, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and presented a gift and certificate of volunteer recognition by Mayor Murray Scott and Council. 

Mayor Scott welcomed the volunteers and their guests to the 2022 Municipality of the County of Cumberland Volunteer Recognition Celebration. “Tonight, we are here to celebrate you, the volunteers. Your actions, dedication and caring spirit have made a difference in our communities and for that we are grateful.” 

Among those recognized was Charles Seymour, who will represent the Municipality of the County of Cumberland at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Recognized in absentia for his dedication, leadership, and commitment of more than 20 years to the Cumberland Y Service Club. Charles currently serves as Regional Service Director for the Alexander Scholarship Fund Project, which awards scholarships for youth furthering their education in the field of the YMCA. Charles said he is “still in shock” being chosen as the volunteer representative for the Municipality. “Where would we be without volunteers?” noting the importance volunteers play in our communities and his appreciation for fellow nominees. 

Three other nominees received specialty recognition in two categories: Family and Youth. 

Megumi Ozawa is the Municipality of the County of Cumberland Youth nominee for consideration at the Provincial Volunteer Specialty Awards. Megumi was recognized for her work with the Wentworth Learning Centre Cooperative Ltd. where she volunteers her time in a variety of roles. Megumi is passionate about developing and implementing educational programming for intergenerational audiences by bringing new and innovative ideas to the community in several creative programs. 

Mother-daughter duo, Amanda Laurie Brown and Janet Laurie operate Cumberland Magic on social media to help strengthen community ties, bring positive change to communities, and raise funds in support of local sports groups, graduates, and families in need. With more than 20 years of volunteer service between them, Amanda and Janet are the Family Volunteer representatives from the Municipality and will be considered for recognition at the annual Provincial Volunteer Specialty Awards. 

The 48th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards are scheduled in Halifax on September 26, 2022.

Mr. Herrett closed out the evening with thanks, “To all the friends and family members that are here tonight with someone that was nominated, please feel very honoured to be connected to such special people. Volunteers make this world, and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, a better place.” 

Those recognized were:

  • Thomas Budd, Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter
  • Doug and Pauline Brown, Minudie Heritage Association
  • Jackie Young, Malagash Community Hall Executive
  • Melissa Margeson, Springhill & Area Lions Club
  • Pat Comeau, Red Cross Help Equipment Loan Program
  • Pippa McNutt, Springhill Baptist Willing Workers
  • Verna Clark, Springhill Seniors and Retired Pensioners Club
  • Marlene Knowlton, Cobequid Chapter IODE
  • Amanda Laurie Brown and Janet Laurie, Cumberland Magic
  • Dwight Gallagher, Springhill Heritage Group
  • Cindy Kormish, MADD Cumberland-Tantramar
  • Charles Seymour, Cumberland Y Service Club
  • John Langille, Parrsboro Lions Club
  • Megumi Ozawa, Wentworth Learning Centre

View our video slideshow here: https://youtu.be/L38F4NfMLW8

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Pictured above are Councillor Joseph, Amanda Laurie Brown, Councillor McCormick, Janet Laurie and Mayor Scott. Amanda and Janet are the Provincial Family Volunteer Award nominees for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland. 

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Pictured above are Councillor Redmond, Megumi Ozawa, Provincial Youth Nominee for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and Mayor Scott.

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Pictured above is Charles Seymour, who will represent the Municipality of the County of Cumberland at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Charles received his award in absentia and will receive his certificate at a later date.