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Volunteer Week

Thursday, April 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Municipality of Potton, with the aid of its Community Animator Trish Wood, and in collaboration with the Missisquoi North Volunteer Centre (CAB), celebrated volunteers at its 7th Annual Potton Volunteer Party held at the Mansonville Town Hall.

National Volunteer Week, this year from April 10 to 16, is held to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers; Potton’s celebration was one such event that went all-out to salute the positive volunteer support it receives from its citizens. It also featured bagpiper, Michael Darney, who uniquely welcomed more than 100 volunteers as they arrived.

Refreshments were both delicious and abundant, all purchased from local businesses and served buffet style; wine and non-alcoholic mocktails were also available, the latter served by the CAB’s SADD group (Students Against Dangerous Decisions).

Music for the event was provided by Marcel Puize, Jean Marc Bourgeois and Rachelle Bégin, who performed in both French and English; the trio’s rendition of Hallelujah had the crowd singing along.

Mayor Louis Veillon thanked the many who were representing the various organizations that make Potton such a “happening” place. “Volunteers” he noted, “are one of our township’s greatest assets. And our ‘people power’ is what allows for so many things to happen in our small rural community.”

Fiona Campbell, CAB President, also expressed her gratitude not only to the Volunteer Centre’s own, but also to the many volunteers from other organizations.

The happening included a Power Point presentation of the contribution made by volunteers in the past three years. Overall, the event brought many positive comments as being one of the best over the years.