Celebrating the many volunteers of the Pontiac

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This year from April 23 to 29, people nationwide are invited to celebrate and recognize the backbones of our society; those who work tirelessly in the background, dedicating hours of their time – for free! – for the betterment of their communities (and society as a whole) and for the benefit of residents.
Sometimes, volunteers are often not given the recognition they deserve or enough credit for the magnitude of the roles they play in making this world spin round.
During National Volunteer Week, we're reminded to recognize the contributions of volunteers and to thank them for dedicating their time and resources to a variety of
causes. The event also aims to encourage more people to donate their time. 
The ways to volunteer are diverse and every action deserves recognition; no
volunteer action should go unnoticed and each one, regardless of how small, makes a difference, is appreciated, and is important.  Whether it's sitting with palliative care patients, visiting or entertaining long-term residents, shovelling a neighbour's driveway or helping them do their groceries, reading with or tutoring students, or raising funds for community projects there’s somewhere for each of us to volunteer.
 On September 23, the Pontiac Artists' Association will be honouring their many volunteers who have helped the Association become the strong cultural organization it is today. Over the weekend, Otter Lake honoured their many volunteers (see page 10) and other municipalities and organizations do it annually.
Volunteerism is an area where the Pontiac certainly is rich, and there are so many examples of people working on the front lines of our communities and not
asking for anything in return. Just flip through this issue for proof!
Take, for example, the countless volunteers who participate in the Pontiac's two major food drives each year. Consider the number of hours the Pontiac's six Lions Club members invest in raising funds to reinvest in our communities (See page 10). Look at Pontiac Voice who has been dedicating months to responding to health system issues – the main being paid parking at the Pontiac Community Hospital. Or the Relay for Life board who has organized the Shawville Relay for the past 11 years as well as the many people who participate in the event. Our fire departments, recreation associations, Literacy Council tutors, the Hospital Foundation, Rotary and Golden Age clubs – there are too many to be listed.   
These devoted residents are one of our most valuable assets and resources, one that needs to be promoted, encouraged, and most of all, thanked – not just during Volunteer Week, but all year long; without them, where would we be?

Allyson Beauregard