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VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 12-18, 2015

Making the most of volunteer opportunities

by Adrienne Tait were amazing. It was fun. It was very high energy for a
very short period of time but I found it to be really
From the local volunteer fire departments to youth rewarding.”
sports teams there are no shortage of volunteer Debra said she enjoys the energy when working in the
opportunities. Debra Halterman is one person who schools but has been impressed watching the dedication
makes the most of those opportunities. of the staff. The coaching staff at Parkland in particular
Debra was born in Montreal and raised outside of has truly impressed her. “They have just blown me
Toronto and moved to Grande Cache at the age of 19. away. The staff at Parkland amaze me with their
Her family owned and operated the Grande Cache dedication and all they do for the kids.”
Mountaineer. Halterman also routinely volunteers with arts events
Since moving to Edson in 1984 Halterman worked and groups around the community.
with the Edson Report, spent 14 years as a REALTOR® Being a team player and appreciating a team
and has become involved in a number of organizations atmosphere is another appreciated aspect of
and community events. volunteerism. “I like the aspect of working as a team.
When it comes to volunteerism Debra said one of the When you volunteer at different places you most
reasons she loves to volunteer is it affords her the definitely are a team player. If you want to take the lead
opportunity to meet a diverse group of people whom she most organizations are looking for someone to take an
otherwise may never have met. active part,” said Debra.
As chair of the Edson and District Public Library So what advice would Debra give someone who is
board Halterman devotes numerous hours to a wide looking to volunteer or increase the number of hours
variety of different functions. As a management body they devote to volunteering? She suggested minor ball
the board is responsible for overseeing everything from
budgeting and building maintenance to books. Her and minor soccer have short seasons but are always
devotion to the library board is evident through her nine looking for coaches and refs. Another idea is to search
years of service. through the community guide and find a program that
Debra has been an integral part of the group volunteers interests you and then find out what that group needs.
who have been working to establish the Parkland Halterman said volunteering is “A really good way to
Environmental Science Student Society. The society's get involved in a community when you first move here.” Debra Halterman makes the most of volunteer
goal is to raise funds for "the amazing science opportunities. Photo: Adrienne Tait
department" at Parkland to help ensure interested
students can take part in extracurricular scientific events
and field trips. Trips such as this year's Parkland trip to Volunteering can be a “bucket-filler”
Nepal and retreats at the Goldeye centre in Nordegg.
Halterman enjoys volunteering with the schools from
field trips, sports teams, and arts programs where by Adrienne Tait in Edson; this supports the performers and enriches our
needed, to her previous volunteer position with the Pine community.”
Grove breakfast program- a program that is dear to her If you have enjoyed an arts and culture event or taken If you are looking to volunteer but don't know where to
heart. “I had so much fun doing that! Cooking for those part in a community services function in Edson chances start, Robyne recommends a one-time commitment such
kids twice a week….The people and the staff at that are you have met Robyne Wilock. as a food bank drive, rotary Sundays in the Park, or the
school are phenomenal and the kids that came forward Robyne grew up in Winnipeg before her family upcoming Arts Alive Edson Festival. For people looking
relocated to southern Ontario when she was a teenager. for a more ongoing commitment matching your own
Her first volunteer position was as a Brownie leader with interests with an organization that offers similar
Girl Guides of Canada while she was in university. programs or services provide that opportunity.
She has lived in Edson for the past 12 years and is a “Although it can be draining volunteering is also a
teacher at Vanier Community Catholic School. bucket-filler,” said Robyne.
An avid volunteer, Wilock currently serves on a There are a number of groups and organizations in
Thank you to all the number of boards, councils and committees including Edson who work to encourage and support arts, culture,
Arts Alive Edson Festival, Chautauqua Edson Arts
heritage, and community. While volunteers are what
volunteers in the community. Council, Community Arts Network of Edson, initiate the projects, there are many staff members at the
various facilities who help ensure an event's success.
Community Services Board. She is also a member of the
Edson Creative Arts Society where she helps with club “The staff at the Edson Public Library, the Galloway
We appreciate all that you have done events. Station Museum, and the Red Brick Arts Centre and
Drawn to the arts Robyne is passionate about creating
and continue to do! experiences and opportunities in Edson. Museum have helped with various volunteer-initiated
projects, including Arts on Fire (Edson and Area Arts
Wilock said, “With Chautauqua, there is a solid group Awards), ARTy Gras, and Arts Alive Edson Festival,”
of people whose common goal is presenting professional said Wilock.
entertainment and supporting local artists. We work well If you would like to be involved, the Arts Alive Edson
together and have fun (and always have room for more Festival is looking for volunteers to help for a few hours
volunteers!). Through Chautauqua, I have met during this year's festival which runs April 25 to May 20
performers and presenters from across Canada. It is very as well as for volunteers to assist on an ongoing basis
rewarding to invest in the arts by hiring artists to perform with planning and organizing for next year.

Jim Eglinski M.P.
Volunteers, 119 50 Street We
Edson, AB
We Thank You! Phone: 78-723-6068
Fax: 780-723-5060


Volunteers, Volunteers


Volunteering is a work

The Town of Edson of heart.

thanks the many volunteers
who serve on various

Boards and Committees.
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