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    The Personnel Support Programs (PSP) award was given to one of the most prolific youth volunteers of the organization. At the award presentation on May 7 are, from left, Senior Manager PSP Nathan Lane, PSP Recreation Coordinator Brittney Robins, PSP Award winner Anabelle Gilbert, Acting Garrison Petawawa Commander Lieutenant Colonel Joe Hartson, CANEX General Manager Gerald Doner and Express Mart Manager Tosha Poirier. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) presented an award to their youth volunteer of the year on May 7. Receiving the award is Riley Cameron (third from left) who is standing with Express Mart Manager Tosha Poirier (left), PMFRC Volunteer Coordinator Christina McFadden (second from left), PMFRC Executive Director Claudia Beswick (third from right), Acting Garrison Petawawa Commander Lieutenant Colonel Joe Hartson (second from right) and CANEX General Manager Gerald Doner (right). (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Volunteers have such a positive impact on the community and the youth volunteers were thanked for their efforts. They all received certificates of appreciation. They pose with their certificates along with Express Mart Manager Tosha Poirier (back second from left) and CANEX General Manager Gerald Doner (right). (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



PSP, PMFRC youth volunteer appreciation night

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday May 23, 2019

Without volunteers, both the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) and Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs (PSP) wouldn’t be able to run nearly as smoothly and that fact is acknowledged every year with a special volunteer appreciation night.

For the youth volunteers, the event was held on May 7, entirely separate from the adult event which was postponed to a later date.

“How do we make Canada a better place?” said Acting Garrison Petawawa Commander Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Joe Hartson. “You start at home in your local community with people volunteering.

“You start off making your home better then you move on to your neighbours and then you move out to the greater communities,” he added.

This is the third year teen volunteers have had their own event, this year with a poutine bar, fun games, hip music and age-appropriate prizes. And though they may be young and still finding their footing in the world, Christina McFadden, PMFRC Volunteer Coordinator, has seen them grow and evolve into future role-models and good citizens.

“You are having such a positive impact on our community and we are incredibly grateful,” said McFadden.

“The things you’ve been doing are very impressive and I’m very proud of you,” she added, reading off a long list of their accomplishments over the past year.

Two awards were handed out to the top volunteer from each organization.

Anabelle Gilbert was the recipient for the PSP Award and Riley Cameron received the PMFRC Award.

Gilbert has been volunteering at the PSP aquatics department and has made a huge difference as a slide guard at the pool. She is known for her professionalism and maturity as well as her punctuality.

“Anabelle builds such great relationships with all of our families and ensuring safety with something like a pool is so important,” said Brittney Robins, PSP Recreation Coordinator, offering her sincere thanks for all her work.

Cameron has also embodied the spirit of volunteerism and has put in the most youth hours in the past year. He is consistently helpful and can always be counted on for support. He is well liked by staff and other volunteers and is willing to do whatever is needed.

“Words cannot describe how far you have come,” said McFadden. “Seeing where you first started two years ago and where you are now, makes me very proud of you.”

The event, as well as the upcoming adult volunteer appreciation night, was made possible due to a $4,950 donation from CANEX.