Next week powered by volunteers
They are the glue that keeps this community functioning.
And the coming week is our chance to salute both our current legion of volunteers, and a generation of young people following in their footsteps.
April 6 through 12 marks National Volunteer week, and it's being celebrated in Cowichan in multiple ways.
Prominent among them is the second edition of the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards.
The annual event, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 11 at the Island Savings Centre, puts a spotlight on the contributions of the valley's emerging leaders, people between the ages of six and 24 who are already making a difference in their community.
"It's purpose is to encourage nominees to continue their involvement in volunteerism and leadership activities, and to acknowledge that all voluntary contributions are valuable to the community," Volunteer Cowichan's Volunteer Services co-ordinator Anne-Marie Koeppen said in media release.
That event bookends the annual Volunteer and Community Resources Fair at Duncan Mall, running 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5.
Volunteer Cowichan and the Community Resources Cowichan will host the fair, highlighted by the 1 p.m. Helping Hands recognition ceremonies celebrating local volunteers who lead by example.
"Here's an opportunity for people to connect with valley non-profits and volunteer-driven organizations, as well as explore a variety of resources available in support of youth, families and seniors," Koeppen said.
And then there's the Coffee Break, that sees coupons for a free cup of coffee distributed to volunteers by Cowichan Valley organizations.
"The ever popular Volunteer Coffee Break is supported by local business as a token of thanks and in appreciation to volunteers for their ongoing volunteer efforts," says Koeppen.
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