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February 12, 2015

PETROLIA – Mayor John McCharles and Town of Petrolia staff were pleased to honour all Town volunteers last night in the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  One hundred 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 Presidents, Town Committees, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia volunteers, and many other groups were recognized at the event.  The evening culminated with Mayor McCharles awarding the Volunteer of the Year Awards in four categories.  The four categories have been designed to cover as many of the volunteer categories as possible, with a criteria set for each one to assist the selection committee in making the final decision.

                The first award, ‘Volunteer of the Year 2014 – Community Partnership’ was presented to Bruce Cox of the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club.  Bruce is a past Governor in this District for Optimist International, and he is a chair person for many Optimist events including:  each food booth at events such as Canada Day, Pizzafest, Family Day Weekend, The Petrolia & Enniskillen Fall Fair Tractor Pull, sporting events, Mommy Market, the Barn Dance, the Chili Cook Off and many more.

                The ‘Volunteer of the Year 2014 – Sports and Recreation’ was presented to Ted Gravelle.  Ted is a long-standing coach of girls basketball at both the elementary school level and secondary school level, and a devoted Silver Stick  board member and volunteer.  He has also volunteered many hours with Minor Baseball.  Ted is also a long-standing President of the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club and is currently Governor-Elect in this District for Optimist International.

                The third award was presented to Barbara Prescott in the category of ‘Volunteer of the Year 2014 – Community Service’.  This award looks at an individual that has many different volunteer interests.  Barbara is a member of the Petrolia Community Theatre, and is an usher, greeter and will call volunteer with the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.  She also volunteers with the Community Services Committee helping to plan events like Pizzafest, Canada Day, the Barn Dance and much more.  Barbara is also part of the team that brings Art in the Park Petrolia together each year.

                The fourth and final award of the evening ‘Volunteer of the Year 2014 – Arts and Culture’ was presented to Chriss Vansickle.  Chriss is an avid Victoria Playhouse Petrolia volunteer that volunteers selling Cruise Lottery raffle tickets at nearly every matinee performance in the theatre’s Summer Season.  Known fondly by Co-Artistic Director David Hogan as “The Best Salesperson Ever”, she also assists the theatre with will call, ushering and greeting.  Chriss is always on call for the theatre and donates 20-24 hours per week to the organization.

                Mayor McCharles couldn’t say enough to thank all of the volunteers saying that “…our Town is what it is, and we can do what we do because of the kindness and generosity of our volunteers…from each fire fighter to the marketing committee and all of the Committees of Council we thank you.”

                Each of the honourees was awarded a framed certificate from the Mayor, and a glass award with the Town’s clock tower on the face and bouquets of flowers.  

L-R: Chriss Vansickle, Barbara Prescott, Bruce Cox, Ted Gravelle

L-R: Chriss Vansickle, Barbara Prescott, Bruce Cox, Ted Gravelle