Volunteerism lives on vibrantly in Peterborough County

Jim Emphringham recognized for outstanding volunteerism

Peterborough County recognized outstanding volunteerism as part of its Community Recognition Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, May 16th, 2024. Warden Bonnie Clark presented awards to six individuals in this category.

Volunteer Peterborough welcomes and celebrates individuals and groups who engage in volunteerism in every part of this region. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.

Showing leadership in North Kawartha

Jim Empringham has served the Apsley and District Lions Club with dedication since 2009. His tenure on the board of directors, including four terms as president, highlights his strong leadership skills and dedication to guiding the club towards its goals.

Jim also maintains Lions’ equipment, organizes barbecues and participates in bottle drives. He helps with the Christmas Parade and Children’s Christmas party.

Jim has consistently demonstrated his volunteerism commitment to the Apsley community, taking on various leadership roles and actively participating in key initiatives. His involvement with the Park Committee emphasizes his passion for enhancing community spaces, ensuring that the Lions Park is accessible and enjoyable for all.

Jim enjoys educating members of the community and provides monthly reports in the Apsley Backroads and is a liaison between the Lions Club and Apsley Central School.

Feeding kids in Norwood

A dedicated and energetic volunteer, Diane Anderson-Campbell from Asphodel-Norwood ran the breakfast program at St. Paul’s Catholic Elementary School for many years. She worked closely with the school staff and a team of volunteers to feed students a nutritious breakfast daily. Diane trained the breakfast club volunteers under the food and nutrition guidelines, so they could earn their food handling qualifications. She also managed the finances, reports and meetings for this program.

For more than six years, Diane coordinated the Asphodel-Norwood Ministerial Association Foodbank, supervising a team of 30 volunteers that serves more than 80 families every two weeks. She worked closely with the treasurer to secure donations and picked up items from the local food drives. She has just retired from the coordinator position but continues on as assistant manager.

Diane also assists others with transportation to appointments. Her care and concern for the well-being of the students and community members in need makes a strong, healthy community.

Elsie reflects the spirit of volunteerism

Elsie Tedford has been an active member of the Douro-Dummer community for most of her life. She has belonged to the Warsaw and District Lions Club since it was founded in 1973.

Elsie was a very involved member of the Warsaw United Church until it closed in 2020. She would often help lead the congregation, sing in the choir and always made sure the church was clean. She would also set up every Saturday for the Church Shed Market and bake treats for the event.

For many years Elsie shared her volunteerism with the Warsaw Wackos Lady’s hockey team, the Warsaw Redmonds hockey and the Warsaw School’s breakfast club.

Elsie is a person that never asks for a thank you and would always be working behind the scenes at events without asking for anything in return.

Lucky to have Lynda

Lynda Coons has been a loyal volunteer with Community Care Lakefield since 2013. While she volunteers in the office, at fundraising events, service displays, and meetings she always has a smile on her face and shows compassion and respect for everyone she encounters.

When Lynda isn’t supporting Community Care, she can be found donating her time for a variety of events in the Township of Selwyn. She supports local hockey, the Legion, the library, PROBUS, farmers market and the theatre.

Lynda is a kind and generous citizen and a wonderful role model for her peers and family, she helps make the County of Peterborough a wonderful place to live.

A vital voice of volunteerism

Donellda Fraser is an all-round great community-minded person, always being the first to step forward. This retired nurse volunteers at the blood pressure clinic. She also attends the Peterborough Public Health meetings to stay informed.

Some of Donellda’s other commitments include supporting the senior citizen group on card days and assisting seniors on outings.

She enjoys being a voice for a topic and is a member of the Havelock Rail newspaper and reports to the Rail after attending HBM Council meetings. She has been a municipal election campaign manager, is the moderator for the Havelock and area group, and is a board member for the Friends of Havelock.

Coach Brian gives it all to the game of hockey

This volunteerism award recognizes Brian Bickmore’s passion and dedication to hockey in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township since 2006. He leads the Otonabee Minor Hockey and serves as the president of the Eastern Ontario Minor Hockey League. Brian works hard to keep hockey accessible and affordable in the Keene community.

He can be found at the arena at least six days a week, even when he is not coaching. He regularly makes up new practice drills, perfects old ones, schedules power skating sessions, finds goalie coaches and clinics for players to attend.

Brian has been mentoring and coaching a group of youth for the past five years despite not being the parent of a player on that team. Through his passion for the game and respect for the team, he led them to win the Red Hat championship in 2023.

Brian takes the lead in organizing youth to help with the Keene summer barbecue competition at Lang each year. This award recognizes an amazing coach and volunteer for his countless hours of dedication to the youth in the community.

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