Volunteer of the Year 2018

Pictou Volunteer of the Year Awards

Each year, communities all across Canada celebrate National Volunteer Week, which normally takes place the third week of April. The primary purpose of this specially designated week is to thank and honour people who donate their time to help others by supporting the causes in which they believe. Volunteer Week also serves to reinforce the human values that volunteering represents and increases awareness of the vital importance of volunteerism to our communities.

Provincial Volunteer Week 
April 15 to April 22, 2018

Each year the Town of Pictou calls for nominations from the community for a Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution in the Town of Pictou. The Volunteer of the Year represents the community at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony in Halifax.  The Recipient is also recognized at the annual Pictou Volunteer Banquet, which celebrates all volunteers in the community. Contact Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information.   

Nominate a Town of Pictou Resident for Volunteer of the Year - click here for nomination form

The Province of Nova Scotia has several other categories for awards which are presented as well on Monday, April 9th at the Annual Provincial Awards Ceremony:

a)    Volunteer Youth Award (Nomination deadline: Feb. 16/18)
b)    Family Volunteer Award (Nomination deadline: Feb. 16/18)

If you know of anyone who is deserving of these awards, forms are available at the Pictou Recreation and Parks Office or online at  http://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/celebrating-volunteers.asp.  You may complete and mail the nomination form to:

Provincial Volunteer Awards
15087 Highway 224
Cooks Brook, NS B0N 2H0 
or email  volunteerawards@novascotia.ca 


Alison Arsenault

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A huge congratulations goes out to Alison Arsenault, the Town of Pictou Volunteer of the Year for 2017! Alison attended the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Halifax on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. She is pictured here with Mayor Jim Ryan. The Town of Pictou was honored and proud to have you represent our community this year!

Alison has been a dedicated volunteer for the Town of Pictou for many years.  She has fundraised and worked with New Horizons Senior Club as their director and space rental chair for the last four years. Alison helps with the newsletter, pot luck lunches, and organizes the crib and card games.  She has volunteered with the Help Line in the past and is currently volunteering as a church ambassador, as well serves on the church worship committee, and a school lunch committee member.

Alison made and donated pillow cases for the pediatric units at Aberdeen and IWK hospitals, and has fundraised for Christmas Daddies and the IWK.

For 36 years she was an international judge for Amateur Boxing and held various roles with Boxing Nova Scotia.  Alison is a member of the Canadian Amateur Boxing Wall of Fame and has won recognition awards, including Golden Boxer Award for dedicated and spirited support of amateur boxing in Nova Scotia.  The Town of Pictou is very proud to have Alison as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year.     









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