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Volunteers the lifeblood of Fort Erie: Mayor

by Matthew Vandervoet | Jun 22, 2018

Town hosts recognition event to honour local volunteers

Volunteers the Lifeblood
Grade 9 student Layla Butler was serving up some some fresh made appetizers from the cuisine program at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School on Friday evening, where the town was hosting an appreciation ceremony for local volunteers.
 - James Culic/Metroland

From the local fire department to the many summer festivals and events, Fort Erie is a town that runs on volunteers. According to Mayor Wayne Redekop, volunteers are the oil that keeps the Fort Erie engine running smoothly.

“The power and importance of volunteers can not be overstated,” said Redekop on Friday, June 15 during the town’s annual volunteer appreciation ceremony held at the new arts theatre at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School.

Each year, volunteers across Fort Erie spend hundreds of hours donating their time to make sure others can enjoy the festivities.

“Think about all the organizations, the projects and the events that rely on volunteers,” said Redekop, speaking to a packed house of volunteers. “Your impact is huge. You are role models and you are the lifeblood of Fort Erie, and truly the town could not do what it does without you.”

Appetizers and snacks for the event were whipped up by students from the school’s special culinary program, many of whom then turned around and volunteered their time as servers and hosts to help out at the volunteer recognition event.

by James Culic
James Culic is an Ottawa-expat, reporting the news around Niagara’s southern tier. He also writes a weekly opinion column which people seem to love to hate-read. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.