Volunteer Recognition

The Recreation Department is recognizing April as Volunteer Month. Over the course of the next few weeks the Recreation Department will be show casing volunteers and their stories from local committees and organizations. We will also be having a nominate a volunteer contest (more details to come next week). 
 
The Recreation Department is pleased to showcase Tana Sali. Tana is a coach with Buffalo Plains Ringette Association. She is the coach for the U16B Phantoms and sits on the BPRA board as the Director for Coaching Development. Here is Tana’s story: 

1. What inspired you to volunteer?
TS: I was fortunate growing up to be able to participate in many different activities, all of which requires countless volunteer hours. It was a culture engrained into me, to give back to the community.

2. What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering to you?
TS: The most rewarding part of volunteering is watching little people grow and develop into incredible young adults and knowing that I had a small part in that. Building friendships and relationships with others that maybe wouldn’t be there naturally but become invaluable. 

3. What advice could you offer to someone who might be thinking of volunteering
TS: Take the step, find someone who is volunteering in something you are interested in and learn from them. Don’t take on too much responsibility until you feel comfortable to do so!
 
4. What are you looking forward to in terms of future volunteering?
TS: I love seeing our community develop and strengthen, it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of that. 

5. How long have you been volunteering?
TS: I have been a volunteer since 2011!   


With only another full week left in April the Recreation Department is continuing its volunteer recognition through showcasing another volunteer. Today’s volunteer is Cindy Freeman. Cindy is the Vice President of Buffalo Plains Ringette Association (BPRA). Here is Cindy’s story: 

1. What does volunteering mean to you?
CF: Volunteering means adding value to my community. Volunteering allows me to teach my children the importance of helping out and giving back to our community.
2. What inspired you to volunteer?

CF:There was never one moment, or one person that inspired me. I genuinely love to help and have always volunteered my time and talents. My children could be considered my inspiration, as I love to participate in their team sports.  I couldn't always coach or be on the ice but I can definitely attend meetings, help organize events, etc...

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering to you?
CF: This sounds cliché, but the best reward is a smile. Hearing children laugh at watching them have fun makes all of the hard work worth it. Creating fellowship with other volunteers and enjoying the positive feelings shared by everyone attending a community event make me want to volunteer even more.
4. What advice could you offer to someone who might be thinking of volunteering?
CF: My advice is to give it a try.  Start out small, get your feet wet. Get a good feeling of where your strengths may lie.  Don't be afraid to say no, keep your commitment small until you have more experience and confidence. There are lots of amazing people in our communities and you'll more than likely end up making lasting and meaningful relationships.
5.  What are you looking forward to in terms of future volunteering?
CF: I always look forward to the friendships.  Its so much fun meeting new people, and volunteering is a great avenue to meet new people in the community and create lasting relationships with people who share your same interests.
6. How long have you been volunteering?
CF: I've been volunteering since 2008, 11 years going strong.
 

Today we are showcasing Lucille Saum who is a valued member of the Pilot Butte Arts and Culture committee. Here is Lucille's story:
"I have been involved with the Arts and Culture Group for the past three years since it was started. We wanted to showcase the works of the many artisans in the community of Pilot Butte and area.
We wanted to show and highlight the works done and be able to appreciate the diversity of these works. It is sometimes a challenge to say what can or cannot be displayed. I feel that art is important to those people who choose to create it and also to those who can appreciate it. It is amazing that we now have the students of the Pilot Butte School involved in having their work showcased and can witness their delight in seeing their work on the wall for all to see.
I enjoy working with this group because in all the travelling we have done, we always appreciate the works done by all the artisans and when it is on our wall, we are reminded of the memories we can share about the countries we have seen. All the art allows the artist to bring something of themselves to the work.

The most rewarding aspect of the volunteering is seeing the proudness the showing their art brings to the artist. The art itself may not be good by some people’s standards but it brings a sense of accomplishment to the artist themselves. The group needs new people to bring their ideas to the table to we can appreciate anyone abilities and thank them for sharing their accomplishments with the community. I hope we can see an increase in the appreciation of the artwork and culture in our community. We need to promote the artisans in the community who are willing to share their work with us all.
-Lucille Saum
 

The Recreation Department is pleased to share another volunteer profile with you. Cheryl Lachambre is a Forever.. in Motion instructor from Pilot Butte. Cheryl, along with Gaye and Linda have been a huge factor in the growing number of participants in the Forever... in motion program. Here is Cheryl's story:

Cheryl Lachambre

1. What does volunteering mean to me?
CL:
A. Giving back! It’s much easier to volunteer for something that you are passionate about. During my work life, I had many opportunities to volunteer – including Jeux Canada Games, United Way, and CIBC Run for the Cure. Outside work, there were our children’s activities and my town and church community.
B. Since retiring two years ago, I have volunteered with Skate Canada International, Diabetes Canada, Saskatchewan Fashion Week, and the Canadian Pacific Woman’s Open Golf Tournament. I learned so much about these events and truly enjoyed the people I met, and the volunteer experience I had with these organizations.
I have been physically active all of my life, and this is what led me to volunteering with Forever in Motion.

 

2. What inspired you to volunteer?
CL:
A. I heard about Forever in Motion (FIM) when I was taking my dad to a program for people who have difficulty breathing. The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region came in to talk to the group about Forever in Motion. Forever in Motion is an initiative that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer-led physical activity. The Health Region representative mentioned that they are always looking for volunteers to lead the program in Regina and in rural areas. I felt that this was something I could do, since I am retired. When I found that I was eligible to lead FIM, I was so excited that I shared it with a friend from White City, and we both took the training to help lead in our communities.

 

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering to you?
CL:
A. I am inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of those who come out to
Forever in Motion. We have participants from age 50 to 80+ in our program. I’ve had feedback from participants, saying that they feel better after exercising, and that they should have started years ago. Well, it’s never too late! The saying is; "bodies at rest, stay at rest, and bodies in motion, stay in motion.”
B. It’s also a time to get to know others and to socialize. Many go for coffee together afterwards, to the Blue Rooster Café. This is so awesome!

 

4. What advice could you offer to someone who might be thinking of volunteering?
CL:
A. The leader training program is well laid out; over four days and 20 hours. You don’t need a degree, or certification to lead. The exercises are tried and tested by older adults and we don’t deviate from the program provided – although we do make adjustments, if needed. We can adapt the program to challenge our participants, or offer modifications if the activity is too challenging.
B. Older adults feel better if they have a peer to lead them. We would love to have more males as participants or leaders. Anyone can do it!

 

5. What are you looking forward to in terms of future volunteering?
CL:
A. We hope to increase the numbers in FIM. We gave a short presentation at the
Golden Sunset Recreation Club, explaining the Forever in Motion (FIM) program, and demonstrated various exercises – including showing how they can be modified from easy to challenging.
B. It’s more fun to have a buddy or two to exercise with, so we encourage people to come out and give it a try, and you will feel awesome!

 

6. How long have you been volunteering?
CL:
A. It’s about one year since I took the FIM training. Last April, when I first heard about FIM, I was excited and interested to find out more. I met with the current lead for Pilot Butte, Gaye Kreklewich, and went to her class in both White City and Pilot Butte. Gaye leads Tuesdays out here and Thursdays in White City.
B. I encouraged my friend from White City, Calla-Dawn Brooks to take the training with me, and this has allowed us to add one more day in each community. Win/Win! Pilot Butte also has a substitute leader, Linda Bullock, who will fill in, when needed.

Being a ‘Forever in Motion’ volunteer has been a welcome addition to my life, and I hope I am making a difference in the lives of those who take part in the program.

 

 

Our first Showcase is of Marian Zsombor. Marian is a long time resident of Pilot Butte and is know by many in our community. Here is Marian's volunteer profile: 

What does volunteering mean to you?

MZ: To me volunteerism means doing things for community or others without expecting anything in return. I enjoy meeting different people and I like to be involved, it gives me a feeling of satisfaction and being able to offer any help or knowledge that I can.

What inspired you to volunteer?

MZ: When we moved here in 1981, I got involved to meet people in the community and church, I met some amazing people and I enjoyed doing whatever I got involved in; I enjoy a challenge. I also soon realized that without volunteers many activities and events could not happen as it is impossible to be able to pay for everything that requires people to help with.

What is the most rewarding aspect of volunteering to you?

MZ: To me the most rewarding part is giving back to this great community that we live in, so that we can continue to have the Rodeo, the senior centre, our church family. There are many other things happening here that I am not involved in but could not happen without the volunteers that they have. To me the greatest passion is the success of the Rodeo and striving to make it bigger and better. There are great volunteers on that committee, and on the days of the event many community volunteers come forward, I am sure we can make that event grow.

What are you looking forward to in terms of future volunteering?

MZ: I would like to be involved as long as my health and circumstances allow me to. I enjoy the commitments and purpose that volunteering brings to me, as well as all the great people that I get to work with.

How long have you been volunteering?

MZ: As I mentioned earlier I have been a volunteer in this community since 1981.