- Our Town
Jack Burgar Operation Red Nose volunteer of the day in December
By Angie Mindus
Though he’s not particularly fond of the attention, Jack Burgar has been recognized by Operation Red Nose headquarters out of Quebec earlier this month as the volunteer of the day.
A longtime active member of the Rotary Club of Williams Lake, Burgar has volunteered his time with Operation Red Nose since it began in Williams Lake more than five years ago.
He was recognized for those efforts nationally on Dec. 18.
“There are so many people who do so much — I wish we were all recognized equally,” Burgar said, uncomfortable with being recognized for his work.
“I get rewarded just by being apart of it. The people we pick up are great — they’re very friendly and happy and we’re providing an important service.”
Burgar is a well-known retired teacher, who dedicated 35 years to teaching business education and physical education at the local high school as well as volunteering his time as a coach.
During Operation Red Nose, most nights Burgar is active in the call dispatch centre, and sometimes as a designated driver.
Burgar is a member of the ORN organizing committee in Williams Lake, as well as is the treasurer of the organization.
“Rigorous and organized, he does a fantastic job at it,” said the national Operation Red Nose headquarters.
“Health concerns are part of Jack everyday life. Despite this, he continues to be dedicated and always gives 110 per cent of what he’s got.
His resilience, his willingness to help others and his great generosity are remarkable. Jack is an example of courage and dedication to all.”
Operation Red Nose runs nine evenings throughout the holiday season right until New Year’s Eve, providing rides and drivers by donation to those in need of a lift home.
Proceeds from the campaign are given to service clubs who help out with Operation Red Nose.
So far this year, 228 rides were given to 509 riders with the help of 132 volunteers.
More than $6,000 was raised locally this year.