Dedication of Volunteers Recognized

Espanola, Ontario
April 24, 2013

Espanola’s Reliance on Volunteerism to Increase

As the country celebrates the role of community volunteerism during National Volunteer Week the Town of Espanola is giving much thought to the celebration of volunteers as well as its need to grow the volunteer sector.

Referencing the current economic challenges created by the Domtar reassessment Espanola Mayor Mike Lehoux anticipates the town’s reliance on volunteers to increase.  “Budget cuts of approximately 1.2 million this year will result in some service gaps.  These gaps, however, are also an opportunity to take a fresh and creative look at service delivery and the utilization of the volunteer sector,” says Lehoux.  “We’ve always prided ourselves on being a caring community with a healthy base of passionate and committed volunteers.  Our volunteer sector will be testimony to our resilience and ability to manage economic change.”

Just recently three of Espanola’s volunteers were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their volunteer service in the Town of Espanola.  Congratulations to Joanne Laframboise, Don Allen and Ray Constantineau. 

Council plans to host a celebration honoring volunteers on Saturday, October 26th, 2013.  In the meantime, if you are currently a volunteer, or are looking for ways to become a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page on our website for relevant links and information. 

Cheryl Kennelly, Program Manager
The Corporation of the Town of Espanola
Regional Recreation Complex
175 Avery Drive Espanola, ON P5E 1C9
Tel 705-869-1961 ext. 2212