In his address to 175 guests at the 4th annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, held on Friday, October 4, South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds chose to quote from Erma Bombeck, an American columnist and humourist.
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain love for each other.”
“I believe this quote says it all,” mayor Byvelds said, praising those receiving the community’s thanks for their unending dedication, their hours of hard work, and the spirit they bring to South Dundas. “Please continue to work for your community, and always appreciate a warm thank you from those you help.”
The dinner, organized by the municipality, was held at the Matilda Hall in Dixons Corners. The special guest speaker was Christina Judd Campbell, a gold medal winner at the Special Olympics. “She described how volunteers had had a great impact on her life,” said Brenda Brunt, South Dundas municipal clerk, “and pointed out that she herself was now a volunteer.”
Presented with two special certificates this year were Mike Zeron and Kirk Hunter, for their successful efforts to save the life of Iroquois neighbour, Walter Reid, when he was gravely injured.
“This dinner is our celebration of the spirit of volunteerism in South Dundas,” Brunt said.