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PETROLIA MAYOR CELEBRATES VOLUNTEERISM


Posted: March 8, 2019

Mayor R. Brad Loosley and Town of Petrolia staff were pleased to honour all Town volunteers tonight at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Eighty people attended the event at the Petrolia Legion and were treated to dinner and an evening of celebration of their efforts for the Town. 
Service Club members, Town Committees, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia volunteers, and many other groups were recognized at the event. The evening culminated with Mayor Loosley recognizing the Volunteer of the Year Awards in four categories, with two additional special recognition’s. The four main categories have been designed to cover as many of the volunteer categories as possible, with a criterion set for each one to assist the selection committee in making the final decision. 

One of the ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Community Service’ recognition’s was acknowledged but not presented at the event as the recipient was unable to attend. 

The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Community Service’ award looks at an individual who has many different volunteer interests. One of the recipients was Bill Clark.

Some facts about Bill Clark:
o Former volunteer for Committee of Adjustment
o Community Services Advisory Committee member
o Special events volunteer 
o Former Emergency Management volunteer
o A very active volunteer in many facets of Petrolia

This award will be presented at the April 8, 2019 Town Council Meeting by Mayor R. Brad Loosley at Victoria Hall at 7:00 p.m.

The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Community Service’ award looks at an individual who has many different volunteer interests. One of the recipients was Bob Tanner. 

Some facts about Bob Tanner: 
o Petrolia Lions Club member
o Petrolia Community Theatre volunteer
o Lambton County Developmental Services board member
o Petrolia Discovery Board Member and volunteer
o Victoria Playhouse Petrolia billet
o A very active volunteer in many facets of Petrolia

The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Community Partner’ award looks at an individual who has partnered with the municipality for many different volunteering opportunities. The recipient was Anne Gelinas. 

Some facts about Anne Gelinas: 
o Member of Petrolia in Bloom
o Volunteer Usher for the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia
o Avid walker, and waste collector
o Town Clean Sweep volunteer
o Boomers Extra participant
o Red Hat Lady
o Community caregiver
o A very active volunteer in many facets of Petrolia

The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Arts and Culture’ award is presented to an individual who has volunteered primarily in the arts and culture sector. The recipient was Liz Welsh.

Some facts about Liz Welsh:
o Petrolia Heritage Committee member/Chair
o Hillsdale Cemetery Tour Chair
o Organized LGBTQ events at Petrolia Library
o Former VPP Advisory Committee Member
o Ontario Contact Committee Member
o Former Victoria Hall Art Advisory Committee Member
o Doors Open Committee Member
o Petrolia150 Committee Chair (Incorporation as a village events)
o Victoria Playhouse Petrolia billet

The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Sports and Recreation’ award is presented to an individual who has volunteered primarily in the sports and recreation sector. The recipient was Kelly Currie.

Some facts about Kelly Currie:
o Volunteer with Petrolia Minor Hockey Association
o Volunteer with Petrolia Scouting for 10 years
o E-Waste Coordinator for Scouting 
o Lambton Centennial School Committee 
o Former leader for First Petrolia Guides 
o Volunteer with Petrolia Cadets

A special recognition award was handed out to a long-standing pair of volunteers in the town of Petrolia. The recipients were Judy and Doug Krall.

Some facts about Judy and Doug Krall:
o Petrolia and Enniskillen Fair Board Volunteers 
o Petrolia and Enniskillen Fair Ambassador volunteers
o Assist with ball diamond maintenance
o Baseball umpires
o Members of the Egg Marketing Board
o Former Petrolia Farmers’ Market vendors
o Maintain Krall Park 

Another ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Special Recognition’ was acknowledged but not presented at the event as the recipients were unable to attend. 

This Special Recognition award will be presented to a long-standing pair of volunteers in the town of Petrolia. The recipients are Sue and Andy Hart.

Some facts about Sue and Andy Hart:
o Petrolia Lions Club Members
o Victoria Playhouse Petrolia usher, greeter, will call volunteers
o Ontario Contact Volunteers
o Petrolia Discovery Board members
o Community volunteers for heritage and related events

This award will be presented at the April 8, 2019 Town Council Meeting by Mayor R. Brad Loosley at Victoria Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Loosley said, “You are all important to us in so many ways – you greet our visitors, you make sure that even when our streets are empty they are still alive with flowers, you tell the story of our heritage and you cultivate the arts, you help us plan for our towns future, you lend a hand to help us celebrate our present, and for all of this, and more, WE are thankful.

We cannot express our gratitude enough, thank you for all that each of you do to make Petrolia the small town with a BIG heart and GREAT people!”

Each of the recipients was awarded a framed certificate from the Mayor, and a bouquet of flowers. 

Photo: From left to right: Bob Tanner, Liz Welsh, Anne Gelinas, Mayor R. Brad Loosley, Kelly Currie, Judy Krall and Doug Krall. Absent: Bill Clark, Sue and Andy Hart

Volunteers of the Year for 2018