Editorial: Saluting our volunteers

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others - Gandi.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others –– Gandi.

Volunteers know the secret to a fulfilled life. It is in giving that we receive so much.

That being said, our communities would be nothing without our volunteers.

Williams Lake would not be able to boast some of the greatest events and amenities ever for a town our size. Volunteers are working every day behind the scenes at the Scout Island Nature Centre, Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Station House Gallery, Central Cariboo Arts Centre, Williams Lake Stampede, Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, Williams Lake Harvest Fair, Cariboo Festival, Performances in the Park, Seniors’ Activity Centre, Winter Lights Festival, Cariboo Child Development Centre, Women’s Contact Centre and so much more.

You will find volunteers giving children with special needs an opportunity to ride horses, singing and strumming for seniors at the Seniors Village,  cooking  pancake breakfasts and steak dinners for community events, packing food bank shelves and cooking meals at the Salvation Army.

They sell raffle tickets, hold auctions and work bingos to raise funds for a wide variety of social service organizations. Many of our volunteers also serve on the boards of organizations that keep the community humming. Then there are the many church groups who work to improve conditions in the world both locally and internationally.

They build houses in Mexico, help send medical help to poor people in developing countries.

The list, if one could find the name of every volunteer, would likely stretch from Horsefly to Anahim Lake.

April is National Volunteer Month and we salute all the volunteers who make our community a better place to live.

– Williams Lake Tribune