With the kickoff to the holidays just days away, it’s common for our focus to be on gift-giving, and at times missing the spirit of the season: the greatest gift of all is giving of oneself and one’s time.
In that spirit, we’re shining the spotlight on some commissionaires across the country who do great things in their communities.
Victoria, the Islands and Yukon
The Divisional Office Staff is putting together a Christmas Food Hamper in partnership with the Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School for a family in need.
Staff of the Division’s HQ is volunteering at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on Thursday December 21. More info available here: https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/about-us/
Jill Alm volunteers her time year-round to help organize and facilitate the province’s de facto annual Remembrance Day ceremony, attended by the Lt-Gov of the Province of Alberta.
Cmre Doug Guild visits local hospitals taking newspapers to hospitalized veterans, and will be delivering Christmas gifts to those who cannot go home.
Kingston and Region
Cmre and Regional Security Response & Communications Centre (SRCC) Manager Tom Cutler volunteers with the local chapter of Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to the various ‘shut-in’ clients in the City of Kingston.
Cmre Bashir Agoro and his family are the organizers of Dapo Fun Day, family-friendly, inclusive event held in the east end of Ottawa.
Dapo Fun Day celebrates life, family and community. Its inception was inspired by the tragically violent death of Bashir’s son, Oladapo (Dapo) Agoro. Bashir and his family embraced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a world where non-violence is a way of life, and established the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace. The foundation promotes non-violent conflict resolution among youth in their community, sponsors the Dapo Agoro Peace Award and hosts the annual “Dapo Fun Day” picnic.
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
Board Governor Jake Bell is one of the principal organizers of the annual Soldier On Golf Tournament in Dieppe, NB. This year the tournament raised over $61,000 to support programs for ill and injured veterans.
CNS HR Director, Anne James, volunteers with St. Clement’s Church for the Christmas Backpack Project – 150 backpacks filled with personal hygiene products, blankets, towels and candy, bring Christmas to the homeless and under-waged in Dartmouth, NS. Anne was awarded with a Board of Governors’ Commendation for her volunteerism earlier this year.
Thank you to all those listed above, and the countless others among the federation not named in this post. Having our federation filled with selfless individuals leaves us with great pride. Thank you all, for all that you have done and continue to do in the spirit of kindness.
On that note, have a happy and safe holiday season, we’ll see you in the New Year.