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Airdrie honours its volunteers

By: Covy Moore

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 06:18 pm

Airdrie Rodeo Princess Rebecca McKay, Chair of Volunteer Airdrie Tim Elliot and Miss Rodeo Airdrie Gillian Shields pose for a photo during the inaugural Cheers for Volunteers event held at the Airdrie Legion April 21.
Airdrie Rodeo Princess Rebecca McKay, Chair of Volunteer Airdrie Tim Elliot and Miss Rodeo Airdrie Gillian Shields pose for a photo during the inaugural Cheers for Volunteers event held at the Airdrie Legion April 21.
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National Volunteer Week officially wrapped up on April 21, with the inaugural Cheers for Volunteers event at the Airdrie Legion.

The event featured snacks, henna art, a fortune teller and entertainment for the multitude of volunteers that serve in Airdrie.

“We are having a celebration for our volunteers. They can come by and give themselves a pat on the back this time instead of going out and dedicating time to whatever they have to do, or whatever they are passionate for,” said Darrell Belyk, event organizer. “We would like to have annual events like this to thank our volunteers.”

About 200 volunteers made it through the doors during the afternoon event. Organizers hoped for more.

Between the Airdrie Festival of Lights, Airdrie Pro Rodeo, Empty Bowls Festival, Home & Lifestyle Show and other events, there are thousands of volunteers in this city.

“Volunteers are the city of Airdrie. Without them the city wouldn’t be the way it is,” said Alderman Ron Chapman. “The volunteers are the lifeblood of the city.”

Miss Rodeo Airdrie Gillian Shields, who is also a volunteer, attended the event and said volunteering makes the community a better place.

“Airdrie has grown so much over the past few years, and volunteering is one of those things that allows such a big community to become a tight-knit community,” said Shields. “Volunteering gives you a feeling you can’t get anywhere else. It makes a difference for other people, it make a difference for the community as a whole.”


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