By Marianne Curtis
A Richer man was among thirty-three individuals and community groups from across Manitoba recently honoured with a Volunteer Service Award.
On April 27, Leon Tetrault from Richer was among nearly three dozen volunteers recognized by the province for their dedication to improving their communities. He was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Award at a special gala celebrating the many volunteer’s achievements.
Seventy year old Tetrault was recognized for his involvement throughout the years in the community of Richer. He volunteered as a designated driver for Child and Family Services. He helped set up the breakfast program at Richer School, joined the parent advisory committee and was a member of the Community Education Committee. He’s worked with the Richer Local Metis Federation, helped with community hampers, is on the Young at Heart board to just name a few of the committee’s he sits on.
“I will continue to volunteer as long as I can because if makes a difference,” stated Tetrault.
The annual awards are the Province’s way of acknowledging the tremendous contributions volunteers have made to help their communities become stronger and be more vibrant.
“Manitoba is fortunate to have so many active volunteers and this event celebrates not only our honourees, but all Manitobans who give their time to worthy causes,” states Dennis Dyck, with Volunteer Manitoba.
The 2007 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating indicates that 54 per cent of Manitobans over the age of 15 volunteer, contributing approximately 81.5 million hours annually. At minimum wage, this effort is valued at over $733 million.