Nominated by: Royal Canadian Legion Harding Br #144
Volunteers are the backbones of the community. Sometimes you do not even know that they are contributing to the community as much as they are because they do not do it for the recognition. A true volunteer steps up when needed and often in the background “getting the work done”. As a member of the Legion, Cecil has been one of those “backbone” members – stepping into any role that requires dedication and work to better an organization dedicated to our honoured veterans.
Cecil’s volunteer activities have impacted people of all ages, from young children in scouting, to cancer survivors, to our older and diminishing veteran population. The organizations that have benefited and flourished because of his dedication and community spirit are:
- Royal Canadian Legion Harding Br #144 – a member since 1973. He has held many roles over the years such as President, Past President, 1st Vice President, Sergeant at Arms, Building Maintenance, and Poppy Chair.
- Scouting - more than 20 years as a Cub Leader and Scout Leader.
- Red Cross – a canoe instructor for over 10 years.
- Western Shore & District Volunteer Fire Department – a regular volunteer helping with the Annual Garden Party for many years. The Fire Department awarded Cecil with the Community Service Award in December 2009.
- Chester Relay for Life – a valued member of the Chester Municipal Relay for life Logistics Committee for 6 years.
- South Shore Wildlife Association – organizing fishing derbies for seniors as well as youth with disabilities.
- St. Marks Church Parish – holding roles such as Warden, Cemetery Committee Member, and assisting in maintaining the Church and Cemetery properties.
- Royal Canadian Legion Br #144 Ladies Auxiliary – with an aging Auxiliary volunteer base, Cecil stepped up and helped the Ladies Auxiliary with various events and was also instrumental in the renovation of the bar and kitchen.
Cecil’s quiet and steadfast contribution to organizations that impact youth, seniors, veterans, and community members is valued and deserves to be recognized by not just our community, but by the Municipality as well.