‘Volunteering is the ultimate exercise of democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in’.
I love this quote by ‘Author Unknown’.
Recycling in our community would not be what it is today without volunteers who invested time and expertise to give citizens of are area an opportunity to be kinder to the earth.
It was all volunteers in the early days. Bob Fortier stopped at the collection site at the market garden one afternoon and offered to help. He did almost every day for the next 15 years. His expertise helped get the program started and adjust as it grew.
Many people helped with sorting and packing materials. I should have kept a list.
Most of the work today is done by paid staff but we still have some volunteers.
Rhonda has worked at the Recycling Centre the longest. She sorts school and office paper three afternoons a week. Betty and Rachel also sort papers two mornings a week.
Ray helps prepare recyclables for baling eight days a month. Recently, Jamie began helping with packaging batteries and fluorescent bulbs for shipping and cleaning eight days a month.
Three students and their EA from Creighton school count beer cans into bags Wednesday afternoons. Other students have volunteered for school credit.
Opportunities to volunteer are fewer because we have good, hardworking employees who do the work.
Members of the Board of Directors are volunteers who provide direction and oversight as well as helping out when they can. The contributions of 37 people who have served as Board members have created a very successful operation.