LaSalle Celebrates 2019 Volunteers
The Town of LaSalle recognizes 2019 volunteers for their hard work and dedication at an annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration. Nominations are submitted to recognize members of the community who donate their time and talents to support others. Council members review the nominations and choose a volunteer who stands out in each category. The award recipients will be acknowledged at a celebration at the LaSalle Civic Centre on Friday, September 13.
Citizen of the Year – Nicole Chevalier
Nicole has been recognized by many of her neighbours for her kind acts and willingness to lend a hand. Nicole set up a neighbourhood library to exchange books, started a book club to bring people together and shares her talent of baking treats with family, friends and co-workers. Over the years, Nicole has also donated her time at a local school and non-profit organizations. Through small acts of kindness, so much can be accomplished. Nicole is selfless and giving to her family and friends.
Young Citizen of the Year – Jay Newman
Jay Newman is a founding member of the Interact Club of LaSalle, which is a club for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 that is sponsored by the Rotary Club of LaSalle-Centennial. Jay is an active volunteer in the community and has collected canned goods for St. Andrew’s Church, and over 300 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls organization. Jay encourages others to develop their leadership skills to become engaged in the community.
Outstanding Service Club Volunteer – Deborah Wilkinson
Deborah spends hundreds of hours each year ensuring the success of the LaSalle Food Bank at St. Andrew’s Church. Deborah oversees the pick-up and delivery of donations of food, and maintains the supplies in the store and the warehouse. From interviewing new food bank clients to screening and training the volunteers, Deborah devotes herself to the success of the program. With a caring and compassionate heart, Deborah makes sure that everyone is served and welcomed.
Outstanding Board Volunteer – Bradley Thoman
Bradley has been involved with the LaSalle Hangout for Youth since 2017, and currently is the Chair of the Board of Directors. Bradley is always ready to support, encourage and engage with the youth of the area. Bradley shows his commitment to share new ideas to better serve our youth. Bradley works full-time and is also a Volunteer Firefighter with LaSalle Fire Service, but is always actively involved with the Hangout.
This year, we will also celebrate three Milestone Award recipients. These are individuals who have donated their time with an organization for many years.
John Deluca – LaSalle Stompers (19 years)
Dianna Lovell – LaSalle Ambassador Horticultural Society (15 years)
Sheri Koscielski – Girl Guides (15 years)
The Volunteer Recognition Celebration will take place at the LaSalle Civic Centre on Friday, September 13 at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Finance Counter on the first floor of the LaSalle Civic Centre for $25 each. Tickets are on sale until Monday, September 9. All are welcome to attend.