BGC Fort Saskatchewan honoured its volunteers in a special way.
Ahead of Volunteer Appreciation Week (Apr. 24-30), the club had a volunteer appreciation event on Friday; BGC volunteers got the chance to sit back and enjoy the afternoon.
The kids decorated the room with origami flowers and set the tables with gifts and handmade placemats for the volunteers. Another group of kids were in charge of the entertainment, and some were responsible for serving the volunteers food and drinks.
“We had our out of school program kids do most of the programming and preparation for it,” explained Tammy Plamondon, volunteer coordinator for BGC Fort Saskatchewan.
Some kids delivered speeches of appreciation to the volunteers.
“I think people pay attention in a different way when it comes from the kids, and plus, the kids are the ones in the out of school program that usually benefit from the volunteers that come in.”
Eight volunteers were treated at the event, which was a lower turnout than Plamondon and the organisation were hoping for. However, she noted that people’s comfortability levels with in-person gatherings vary in a post-COVID world.
Additionally, volunteer intake halted during the pandemic and only began accepting new volunteers in September; Plamondon said many people don’t know they have reopened.
“For everyone who came, they enjoyed it very much. They got to be a little spoiled, and we got some draw prizes. Everyone took home some kind of little goodies, and it was a nice little afternoon.”