Last week, we had the pleasure of celebrating our most dedicated volunteers at our annual Spring Season Wind-up BBQ. 75 volunteers and 20 FortWhyte staffers joined us for this year's Hawaiian themed get-together, which marked the end of very busy spring season. And there was reason to celebrate: our volunteers racked up a whopping 3,200 volunteer hours this spring alone. Thank you FortWhyte Alive volunteers!
This event wouldn't have be possible without the support of our friends. A big thank you to:
- CMU, for providing our musical entertainment for the evening;
- Special guest Dawn Frasier from Lafarge, which generously sponsors FortWhyte Alive's volunteer force;
- The Buffalo Stone Cafe by Diversity Foods, which provided a delicious Hawaiian-inspired menu for the evening
In addition to celebrating the end of school programs for the summer, we toasted longtime volunteers Barb & Lloyd Stankey, and Gerry & Willard Land. Beginning in 1988, Barb Stankey and Gerry Land took on the role of Branta Bulletin volunteers. Their husbands, as they retired, eventually joined them – as Lloyd Stankey reminisces, “I remember organizing the labels and Canada Post manilla envelopes on my living room and hallway floors back then.” After years of volunteering in various roles – at FortWhyte events, on the mailing team, and even building Nature Shop giftbags out of recycled copies of Branta/Life newsletters (something Lloyd is famous for around FWA) – the Lands and Stankeys have been working behind the scenes as of late, diligently folding membership letters. We were honoured to recognize both the Lands' and Stankeys' years of volunteer service at this year's Spring Season Wind-Up, and presented the Stankeys with a framed photo by FortWhyte Member John Pelechaty (the Lands were unfortunately unable to attend, but will receive their plaque at a later date).
Want to be in attendance at next year's BBQ? Click here for all the info on volunteering at FortWhyte Alive!