The Volunteer Coordinators’ Association Sarnia-Lambton (VCASL) is comprised of community organizations that coordinate volunteers, as well as individuals who are interested in or actively employed in the field of volunteerism. VCASL meets bimonthly and holds election of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) at the annual meeting each year. All members are required to actively participate in the Standing Committees: Program and Education; and Recognition, Publicity and Website. An annual membership fee is required.
The VCASL’s Volunteer Appreciation Event was held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at the St. Clair Corporate Centre, 265 Front Street North, Sarnia. This event is held every year during Volunteer Week to recognize the contributions of volunteers in the Sarnia-Lambton community.
Many VCASL member agencies invite a selection of their volunteers for special recognition at this event. It is important that our volunteers know that they are valued and appreciated.
Our featured speaker this year was Dan Edwards. Dan was an active and athletic teenager when he became a paraplegic following a spinal cord injury. He has faced many challenges in his recovery and adjustment to his new life, yet can point to many successes, including graduation from Lambton College, and writing a chapter in a recently-published book. Over the last few years Dan has found his calling as a motivational speaker in the areas of mental health and overcoming adversity. He is most certainly an excellent speaker, engaging and optimistic. It was over too soon!
A buffet of finger foods was provided, along with coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks. The view from high above the river through the floor-to-ceiling windows is always spectacular.
Each year, Steeves and Rozema donates the room and the food for the event. S&R goes above and beyond every year with their help and contributions to the effort. The VCASL is most appreciative of S&R’s support, along with that of every volunteer honouree.
Check out some pictures from the wonderful evening – click on any one for a bigger view.
Here are some of the activities that our volunteers get involved with!