Volunteer Award


Volunteers and local non-profit organizations are an important part of our community. Volunteers organize community events, put on community breakfast and suppers, coach sports teams, visit the elderly, and help those in need. In the Municipality of Chester, we have a long list of community groups and an even longer list of hard working volunteers that give freely of their time to benefit the community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Recreation & Parks Department.

Services for Volunteer Community Groups

We recognize that volunteers and community groups could use a little extra help. That's why we offer a number of free services to all volunteer community groups in the Municipality of Chester. Contact the Recreation & Parks Department at 902-275-3490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for bookings or if you have questions about any of the services listed below.

  • Grant Applications: If you require assistance searching for grants or completing a grant application, our staff can help!
  • Equipment Loan: Borrow equipment from us to help with your meetings and events. We have,
    • 10' x 10' tent
    • Sandwich boards
    • Data projector, laptop and screen
    • Flip chart
    • Sound system or bull horn
  • Photocopying: If you are a non-profit organization within the Municipality of Chester you are eligible for 100 black & white or 50 colour photocopies, free of charge, each calendar year. Once you use your free copies, we have very reasonable rates and would be pleased to help you. If you are preparing tickets we also have a paper cutter that you can access.
  • Event Advertising: Send us your community event information and we will advertise it on the events calendar on this site, send it through email to our contacts, include it in the monthly calendar in the Lighthouse Now Progress Bulletin, and include it in the municipal newsletter.
  • Designated Community Project Fund: The Municipality can receive donations from the public or organizations to be specifically given to local community group(s) or project(s) as a grant. We will accept donations, issue charitable donation receipts for donations of $25 or more, and then issue the grant to appropriate groups.

Celebrate Volunteers!

We believe in celebrating the great work done by our local volunteers. Each April during Volunteer Week, we host a special reception to thank our volunteers. Volunteer Week in 2017 will be from April 23 - 29, 2017.

The Municipality of Chester is taking time during Volunteer Week to celebrate the tremendous efforts of our local volunteers. Every day volunteers give of their time and energy to the community and it is these volunteer efforts that make our communities strong and vibrant.

As a way to say “Thank You”, we will host a Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Reception at Forest Heights Community School on Wednesday, April 26 starting 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join us as we recognize:

  • Brenda Garland, Chester
  • Sheena Isenor, New Ross
  • Aaron Johnson, Western Shore
  • Matthew Kaizer, Chester (Youth)
  • Sylvia Lucas, Blandford
  • Karen MacKenzie-Stepner, Chester
  • Ashley Rafuse, Chester Basin
  • Don Weagle, Hubbards (Provincial Representative)
  • Kelly & David Moore, Chester (Family)
  • Marsha & Charlie Yeaton, New Ross (Family)
  • Blandford Fire & Rescue (Group)
  • Executive of the New Ross 200th Anniversary Committee
  • Harvey Dominey, Seana Langille, Bonny Young & Mary Snair (Group)

After the ceremony, everyone is invited to stay for some refreshments and congratulate the award recipients. This is a great opportunity to mingle and talk with the various volunteers from our Municipality. We ask that you please RSVP by Tuesday, April 18 by calling 902-275-3490.

Congratulations to Don Weagle of Hubbards, who has been selected to receive the Provincial Volunteer Award. Don is a Basketball Coach who spends countless hours on the court with youth at all levels. Don will be representing the Municipality of Chester at the Provincial Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18 in Halifax. Way to go Don, and ALL of our volunteers!


Get Connected to Opportunities

Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership (LQVP) has a mandate to support volunteers and community development in the Lunenburg-Queens region. The group strives to create awareness of the value of volunteerism, they provide tools and resources, and they facilitate skill development by organizing workshops related to volunteerism.

The Volunteer Navigator, part-time LQVP staffperson, provides assistance to non-profit groups. If you have questions or need information about volunteerism, the Navigator is always willing to speak with you.

Tara Jaskowiak, Volunteer Navigator
Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership
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