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 24 to April 30, 2022

Annually, the Province of Nova Scotia recognizes one outstanding volunteer from every Nova Scotia municipality to receive the “Provincial Volunteer Award”. 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 to the Town of Pictou. We are requesting your assistance in helping select the name of a person to receive this award for the Town of Pictou. If you are aware of an outstanding volunteer who is a resident of the Town of Pictou, please submit their name to Pictou Recreation and Parks by April 8, 2022. There will be a Virtual Awards Ceremony organized by the Province of Nova Scotia in September where recipients are recognized for their valuable contributions to their communities. As well, the Town of Pictou will host a local reception recognizing volunteers, details will be finalized near April as this depends upon Provincial directives around social gathering limits at that time.

The Province of Nova Scotia has several other categories for awards which are presented as well in September 2022 at the Virtual Provincial Awards Ceremony, they are:

  1. Volunteer Youth Award
  2. Family Volunteer Award
  3. Nova Scotia Strong Award

If you know of anyone who is deserving of the above three awards, forms are available at the Pictou Recreation and Parks Office or online at Provincial Volunteer Awards.  You may complete and mail the nomination form for the above special awards to:
Provincial Volunteer Awards, PO Box 456, Halifax NS B3J 2R5
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax to: 902-424-0710.

  pdf Download Pictou Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form 2022 (57 KB)

2021 Volunteer of the Year - Eric LeBlanc

Eric LeblancEric LeBlanc began volunteering in Pictou upon his retirement from teaching in Quispamsis, N.B. He expanded his initial care for his family by offering his organizational skills to his community. Eric was honoured for his tireless volunteering by the Nova Scotia Legislature in February 2020.

Over the years, Eric has been involved in his Church community in many capacities including the Cemetery Committee since 2007, organizing fundraisers, coordinating cemetery masses, and vault and grounds enhancements. He has been an active member of various community organizations in different capacities including the Stella Maris Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Funeral Service Committee, St. Vincent de Paul, Pictou County Help Line, Pictou County Fuel Fund, the Pictou Historical Photography Society (founding member), Pictou West Food Bank, the Hector Centre and Sutherland Harris Memorial Foundation.

The Town of Pictou is very proud to have Eric as our 2021 Volunteer of the Year.

2020 pdf Jacqueline Lavioe (142 KB)
2019 pdf Betty Richards (116 KB)
2018 pdf Brian Kellock (30 KB)
2017 Alison Arsenault
2016 pdf Sadie O'Hearn (327 KB)
2015 pdf Sharon Cheverie (319 KB)
2014 pdf Fred Dobson (265 KB)
2013 pdf Doris Young (152 KB)
2012 pdf Don Cyr (151 KB)
2011 pdf Dorothy Bush (101 KB)
2010 pdf Sylvia MacDonald (118 KB)
2009 pdf Bill Henderson (91 KB)
2008 pdf Eleanor Heighton (116 KB)
2007 pdf David Henderson (61 KB)
2006 pdf Don MacIsaac (48 KB)
2005 pdf Joyce Tucker (5 KB)
2004 Ruth Sterling
2003 pdf Murry Hill (57 KB)
2002 Wayne MacGillvary
2001 Norm Babinec
2000 Betty Ann Battist