The RIPPLE EFFECT
The Region of Queens is fortunate to have a dedicated group of Volunteers populating our roughly 200 community organizations. They teach skills, lead programs, renovate facilities, feed, raise funds, offer social opportunities, entertain, serve and enrich our community. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to announce “The Ripple Effect” volunteer recognition program, which will recognize and celebrate the contributions all our volunteers make to Queens.
Here's our latest nominee!
August 31, 2017 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of Kerry Gallant of Liverpool.
Kerry is a valued and well-respected member of the Queens County Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) organization. His time, dedication and near endless enthusiasm in helping others is greatly appreciated by Ground Search and Rescue as well as the organizations, which they provide assistance to.
Kerry is the main operator of the SMART Program for GSAR. This is a program that logs and records member’s hours and events such as fund raising, training and community assistance. SMART also provides our GSAR Team with information pertaining to Emergency Measures Organization and other GSAR Teams.
Kerry is also an Electronic Search Specialist with Project Life Saver, a program established to locate clients who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or Autism, should they wander off.
As someone who is very active, enjoys the outdoors and is committed to safety, Kerry is also involved in the community as a Hug-a-Tree Program Presenter. This program teaches children what to do if they accidently become lost in the woods, provides them with some simple tools which include a whistle, a solar blanket and the knowledge that they should hug a tree and stay put until found.
Kerry is involved in community events and festivals including the Hank Snow Tribute, Christmas on the Mersey, as well as the Christmas Parade and Privateer Days Parade as a traffic controller. Kerry is one of the organizers of the annual Bass Fishing Tournament, a main GSAR fundraiser. He assists with organizing the event, buying supplies, and canvassing for prizes.
In the past, Kerry has also assisted, the McGowen Lake Fish Hatchery with the restocking of the Christopher Lakes; helped with the local build of a house for Habitat for Humanity; assisted with the installing and removal of the floating dock located at the downtown waterfront and with traffic control for the Run The Shore event.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Kerry Gallant, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form above.
June 7, 2017 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of Troy Smith of Brooklyn.
Troy is a committed, passionate and caring volunteer with whom you frequently see out and about spending a great deal of time helping the youth of the Region of Queens. Troy is a great leader and role model.
Troy started and continues to volunteer with a church based program called Aftershock Youth. He is currently in the process of becoming a facilitator for the restorative justice program.
Troy was instrumental in bringing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program to the Region, and is providing leadership and guidance to the program’s participating youth.
Troy volunteers with the Dr. J.C. Wickwire guitar club, and recently took vacation from work so he could spend a week helping with the Queens County Music Festival by organizing the children at the front and bringing a sense of humour and ease to those participating.
Troy is an advocate for health and wellness within the Region of Queens and has just recently become a member of the Queens Community Health Board.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Troy Smith, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form at above.
March 30, 2017 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of David and Melinda Brown of Labelle.
David and Melinda have worked very hard to bring the sport of Geocaching to Queens County. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. David and Melinda take great pride in hosting this event in Queens County, showing the history and beauty of Queens County on a website. They spend hours being ambassadors for our area and their events draw hundreds of people to our town from around the world.
This is the 7th year that David and Melinda will host the Geocaching event during Privateer Days. For the last 4 years, specially minted coins have been designed for this event.
David and Melinda have been part of the Nova Scotia Association for Geocaching for the past 2 years which is a volunteer/non-profit group that seeks to get people out world-wide.
This will be the second year for the CITO event – Cash In Trash Out – which takes place in April. This is a worldwide initiative for Earth Day which is celebrated in the month of April. This event gets posted and people show up to pick up garbage. A different district is used every year.
Last year a Passport Series for Geocaching was established where there are 35 geocaches hidden. There are four different colored coins (Copper, Silver, Gold and Black Nickel) that are given out by the Recreation Department of the Region of Queens. Each has a different meaning.
David and Melinda are most proud of their Letter Boxes. Ivan Higgins Sculpture Garden is featured and is in the top 10 of geocaches in Nova Scotia.
If you would like to recognize volunteers like David and Melinda, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form from the link above.
Representative Volunteers for 2017
Congratulations to Mark Allison and Heather Kelly, who were selected as the Region of Queens Volunteers of the Year. The selection took place by a random draw from all the Ripple Effect Nominees received over the past year; the draw was made during the February 14, 2017 regular .Council meeting of the Region of Queens Municipality. Mark and Heather will represent Queens County's many dedicated volunteers at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Halifax on April 18, 2017.
Ripple Effect nominations are accepted year round and quick and easy to do, Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a form from the link above.
January 30, 2017 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of Tim McDonald of Halifax, formerly of Liverpool.
Tim has inspired an entire community to appreciate history. He has voluntarily researched huge amounts of family history, catalogued thousands of historic pictures and is one of our finest Ambassadors. Tim’s latest project (producing prints from negatives on his Facebook page) has brought many people hours of entertainment and connected people from around the world, though their walk down memory lane, identifying people and places in the prints.
Tim has written two books – Queens County Nova Scotia Photos from the Past and Present, Volumes 1 & 2. He has also co-written a book with Connie Cole called Milton Moments in Time.
Tim also writes the Historical Column in the Liverpool Advance. He has done this for the past 1.5 years.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Tim McDonald, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a form from the link above.
January 18, 2017 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of Trish Wamboldt of Caledonia.
Trish volunteers with several groups in the North Queens area. She is Treasurer for UCW with the Caledonia United Church and helps with Vacation Bible School. Trish is a Starpoint officer and past Grand Worthy Matron with Eastern Star. Trish helps with the Visitor Information Centre fundraising efforts, in particular, the Dinner Theatre and 50-mile yard sale. Trish also helped with the Co-op booth at the Farmers Market.
Trish’s strength is organizing the preparation, cooking and serving of complete dinners for 200 plus people with great care and precision. She also does the shopping for the dinner.
Trish is a tireless worker and very modest and humble about her skills. She is very reliable and always a willing worker. Congratulations and thank you Trish on all that you do to make “ripples” in our community.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Trish Wamboldt, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form from the link above.
October 26, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the longstanding and far reaching volunteer commitment of Margo Zwicker of Charleston.
Margo has been a tireless volunteer in her community and the Region of Queens, impacting the lives of many with her time and energy. Margo has shown a lifelong dedication to volunteering, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing her through the “Ripple Effect”.
Margo has been the President of the Seniors’ Activity Group for the last sixteen years, which meets weekly to play games and socialize. They are a large group, with each member enjoying the friendships formed there. She has been the secretary of the Liverpool Lions Club for the last five years, meeting twice a month.
Margo has been a member of Crime Prevention since 1991 and the president for the last fifteen years, during which time the group has been involved in a number of initiatives, and supported youth and other organizations. She is a fixture at the monthly Crime Prevention breakfasts, held monthly at the Liverpool Lions Hall, greeting nearly everyone by name.
In her home community of Charleston, Margo is a very visible and valued volunteer. She was one of the founders of the Charleston Ladies Auxilliary, and has been involved since 1993 with the Charleston Fire Hall, working breakfasts and volunteering as needed.
Active in her church, Margo was the Deacon and Secretary-Treasurer for the last 25 years of the Charleston Baptist Church, which closed its doors earlier this year. Margo is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Charleston Cemeteries Association for the past twelve years.
Margo was involved and a volunteer with the Medway Area Community Association for many years.
Through Margo’s drive and enthusiasm, many of the organizations that she works with exist, survive and thrive to this day.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Margo Zwicker, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form at http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/recreation/volunteering/overview.
September 29, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee
The Region of Queens Municipality is pleased to announce that Heather Kelly of Liverpool is this week’s nominee for the “Ripple Effect” volunteer recognition program.
Heather was born and raised in Liverpool, and left in 1982 to further her education and travel abroad. She returned to Liverpool in 2005 to spend more time with family and to start a family of her own in a place that she had fond memories of growing up.
Over the last 11 years, Heather has been involved in many committees, projects and boards in Queens County such as: Privateer Days, Canada Day, Queens County Seafest, Music Week Nova Scotia, Keeping Us Strong Campaign (Queens General Health Project), Hank Snow Tribute, COOK (Community Operated Open Kitchen), SWIFT (Successful Woman Inspiring Forward Thinking), VON Board of Directors, Past Chair and Board member of the Queens Early Childhood Development Association, Queens County Minor Hockey Association, Novice Intermediate Team Manager and the International Ukulele Ceilidh.
Heather continues to support her community with involvement in the South Shore International Student Program, QCCR/ RQM VibeTalks, Plant to Plate Project (Community Garden), and Region of Queens Municipality Planning Advisory Committee. She also continues her commitment to bring all the events happening in Queens County with the Queens County Community Calendar.
Many will agree with the description given by her nominator naming Heather as an important community volunteer who has made our Region a better place to live with her infectious passion and unwavering spirit. Liverpool and the Region of Queens is fortunate to have a volunteer like Heather, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing her tremendous contributions to community life through the “Ripple Effect”.
August 19, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the volunteer commitment of Cate Bird, Liverpool.
Cate is currently the Chapter Coordinator of the Seniors College of Nova Scotia (SCANS) in Liverpool. This College has been in operation for 10 years and this is the 4th year of its existence in Liverpool. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing non-credit academic courses to Seniors. The College works out of the Trinity Church Hall and provides approximately 5 courses per year to a local membership of 35-40 people.
Cate has been in charge of ticket sales for the Port Medway Reader’s Festival for the past 8 years. She also plays the ukulele with the Seaside Strummers.
While balancing family commitments and volunteer work, Cate was Co-Manager of the Astor Theatre for 7 years, Teacher Librarian at Liverpool Regional High School for 5 years and then retired as Manager of the Town Library after 15 years.
Cate spent several years working with the Music Festival held in Liverpool, while her three children were in school and was the President of the Music Festival for one year. Cate was heavily involved with the Winds of Changeand has initiated the 40th Anniversary Archive’s Project.
Cate spent several years volunteering on numerous committees such as: Astor Theatre Society, South Shore Festival of Arts, Liverpool International Theatre Festival, Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society and Queens Arts Council.
Cate has been an avid volunteer in our community, impacting the lives of many with her time, skills and energy. The Region of Queens is truly blessed to have a volunteer like her, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing Cate through the “Ripple Effect”.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Cate Bird, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call Economic Development at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form at http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/recreation/volunteering/overview
July 20, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the outstanding volunteer commitment of Steve Burns of Brooklyn.
As Steve transitioned careers over the last few years and developed new passions, including healthy, active lifestyle changes,he decided that he wanted to give back to the community in some form once again. As he put more healthy and active choices in place... he had his answer!
Steve became a member of the running community, Run Nova Scotia and travelled to many rural areas of the province for run events. He says it was obvious from a social and participation perspective that creating a new event in Liverpool-Brooklyn, inclusive of all abilities and people, would have the benefit of being challenging, rewarding and healthy for all. And so was born Active Living Options Society, a non-profit society based in Queens County and registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks Companies, with a mandate to promote and practice the ideals of active living within Queens County, including healthy activity and participation of any resident. The Board became active in Fall 2013, and Steve currently serves as Vice President. To encourage public participation, the Board set up Run Our Shore as an All Mobilities 2-day event, which includes a 5KM (Run/Walk), 10Km and Half Marathon as well as a Youth Fun Run and Wheelchair Mobility event. The start and end is at Queens Place Emera Centre.
Steve has been the Co-Director of this event, and reports that the 3rd Annual Run Our Shore held April 29th and 30th was the most successful yet. The event is the Run Nova Scotia Series season kick-off event. In three short years, Run Our Shore has grown to 250 participants over the 2-day event, with 192 on ‘run/walk’ day with participants from across Nova Scotia and strong support from local walkers/runners. The Run Our Shore Board supports a number of volunteer organizations that help with the run annually by making donations to the groups. Steve is quick to share the credit with the other members of the Board and the many volunteers, saying that the team is very passionate about having a well-run event and are very proud of the high praise the event receives.
As well, Steve created a Ball Hockey Challenge Series which ran for 4 consecutive years in the early 2000’s. It raised significant funds for Queens County Minor Hockey. It drew younger and older players and spectators, and was a large scale undertaking with nearly 175 competitors yearly. Steve enjoys engaging the public and providing innovative ways to help organizations and people, and we are pleased to honour the contributions he has made to our community through a Ripple Effect nomination.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Steve Burns, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form at http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/recreation/volunteering/overview
July 12, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the volunteer commitment of Mark Allison of Hunts Point.
Mark is a Graduate of ‘The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program’ and has gone above and beyond to volunteer his time to spread important messages in our Region.
Being a right leg amputee due to cancer hasn’t stopped Mark from living a full and active life. Mark played competitively on the Senior Boys Basketball team from Grades 10-12. He also enjoys fishing, long boarding and the occasional game of shinny hockey with his friends.
For the last 5 years, Mark has been a Junior Counsellor at the Atlantic CHAMP seminars, which gather young amputees from across the Atlantic provinces to learn about the latest in artificial limbs and dealt with issues such as teasing and staring. In the capacity, Mark acts as a role model to the younger Champs by offering advice, sharing his experiences and exemplifying a positive approach to challenges.
Mark is also a strong advocate of The War Amps PLAYSAFE message, and has joined the floats in parades such as Apple Blossom and Natal Day, acting as a Safety Ambassador and encouraging kids to “spot the danger” before they play.
In January 2016, Mark hosted a display at the World Sledge Hockey Tournament in Bridgewater, NS, where he educated attendees about The War Amps and the Key Tag Service.
Mark is also committed to preserving Canada’s military heritage, He has participated in The War Amps Operation Legacy by laying wreaths at remembrance ceremonies and writing letters to the editor, which were printed in newspapers across the province, to help pass on the remembrance message to the younger generation.
Mark wrote a letter which accompanied the mailing of the 2015 War Amps Address Labels across the country. He described how The War Amps CHAMP Program has helped him over the years by funding his artificial limbs, answered many questions, introduced him to other amputees and most importantly taught him to set the bar high as he overcame the challenges of amputation.
Mark also offered some of his time to the IWK to meet with patients undergoing treatments for bone cancer that would include amputation.
Mark volunteered for 2-3 years as a young teenager with the Liverpool Junior Fire Department.
Mark is an excellent example of The War Amps philosophy, ‘amputees helping amputees’, and the Region of Queens Municipality is incredibly proud that he is a strong volunteer in our community.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Mark Allison, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741, or download a nomination form at http://www.regionofqueens.com/residents-and-council/recreation/volunteering/overview.
July 5, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the outstanding volunteer commitment of Julie Folk of Liverpool.
Julie moved to Liverpool two and half years ago and has been an active and involved volunteer ever since then. Julie’s oldest child had just begun school, so she joined the Parents of Wickwire Committee. In her second year on the Parents of Wickwire Committee, Julie moved into the role of Chair and has been in that role for two years now. The committee organizes fundraising events and special activities for the school such as the Spring Fiesta, food fair, book fair, Christmas parade float and many other activities that add much to the school experience for the children. Over the past three years, the committee has fundraised approximately $20,000 for the Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy. In addition to chairing the parent committee, Julie also volunteers in her child’s classroom helping the students with spelling and reading.
Julie also wanted to become involved in the vibrant theatre community, and in the first year she lived in Liverpool, she took a role in the Graveyard Tours during Privateer Days. Last year, Julie was privileged to become a member of the Queens Community Health Board. Julie is trained in Public Relations and is passionate about improving the health of the community. Julie says she has a specific interest in healthy eating, and her role with the Queens Community Health Board has allowed her to collaborate with community groups to promote and advocate for healthy eating initiatives. Julie also manages the Queens Eats Facebook page, which is an initiative of the Health Board, encouraging the sharing of photos and recipes for delicious and nutritious healthy meals and snacks.
Julie is a strong ambassador for Queens County, and feels we have an amazing community, with great people and good programs. Julie stated that she is proud to live in Queens County and wants to do what she can to contribute.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Julie Folk, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed.
May 11, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the volunteer commitment of Edward (Ted) Bulley of Liverpool.
Ted has been a tireless volunteer in our community, impacting the lives of many with his time, skills and energy. Ted Bulley has shown a lifelong dedication to volunteering, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing him through the “Ripple Effect”.
Working with youth is very rewarding, something that Ted can attest to, citing that his most rewarding volunteer activity was helping start up the “Key Club” at Liverpool Regional High School 14 years ago. He has continued to be the Kiwanis Advisor to the Key Club for all those years. Ted says that it brings him great satisfaction to see students join Key Club in their first year of High School, and then see the positive changes that occur in the students over their High School life. It has also been great working with the various teachers at LRHS who have taken on the role of Faculty Advisor for the past 14 years of the Key Club.
Approximately 8 years ago, Ted helped a Past President of Kiwanis International bring ”Key Leader” to the Maritimes. Key Leader is a leadership weekend for students ages 14 to 18 and the activity is lead by a professional facilitator for the weekend. The weekend is held at camps such as Bayside Camp in Sambro, NS and Scotia Glen Camp in Thorburn, NS. Ted continues to serve as the Treasurer for the Bayside Camp, where approximately 90 students from Queens County have attended a camp. Ted was previously the Secretary and then Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Liverpool for a total of 13 years and just relinquished those jobs last year.
An active member of his church, Ted has been the Envelope Secretary for the Trinity Anglican Church for the past 20 years and also has been one of the Parish Wardens for the Anglican Parish of South Queens for the past two years. He has been the Chairperson of the Board of Queens Home for Special Care Society (Queens Manor and Queens Home Support) for the past two years. Ted has been the Coordinator for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Plan for the past 10 years; he and his team of volunteers have helped many in the community in completing their income tax forms.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Ted Bulley, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development Office at 902-354-5741.
April 27, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s “Ripple Effect” recognition, the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize the volunteer commitment of John Murray of Hunts Point.
John is currently the Chair of the Queens Care Society Board, a charitable organization committed to tending to seniors’ issues in the Region of Queens Municipality. Within a short year, successes of this Board included completing a community survey on housing and transportation, co-hosting a session on age friendly communities and providing social capital in the community surround seniors’ issues. Queens Care Society are attempting to create partnerships with organizations whose goal is improving the lives of seniors in Queens county. They are assisting to set-up a Helping Hands organization that will join with the Helping Hands organization service North Queens.
John is a past member of the Liverpool Golf Club Board, Queens Manor Board, and South Shore Health Authority. He also was a member of the Security Committee for the 2014 M & M Meat shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships and Co-chair of funds raising in the recent expansion of Queens General Hospital.
John spent several years serving on committees of the Million Dollar Round Table, of which he is a life member. John’s former volunteer activities include the Cancer Society Board, VON driver, Kinsmen, Kiwanian, Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Loan Board and member of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
John has been a tireless volunteer in our community, impacting the lives of many with his time, skills and energy. The Region of Queens is truly blessed to have a volunteer like John Murray, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing him through the “Ripple Effect”.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like John Murray, it’s quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you, if needed. To find out how to nominate, call the Economic Development at 902-354-5741.
April 20, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality would like to introduce this week's "Ripple Effect" nominee, Shelley Gillis of Liverpool. The Region is pleased to recognize the efforts of this dynamic and committed community volunteer. Shelley has made an incredible contribution to the Queens County Music Festival, and her involvement started in 2000 when she accompanied Gorham Memorial School students with their solos and classes. She then went on to hold every position within the Executive of this group, including Secretary, 1st Vice-President, President, and Past President. She is now the music coordinator, and in this busy posting she labels and organizes all the music for the adjudicators.
Shelley has also been a familiar face at both Queens Memorial Arena and Queens Place Emera Centre, working the clock for minor hockey for 12 years. Shelley further contributes as a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, she is the Treasurer for the Queens County Girls Choir and Children's Choir, and helps with the fluoride rinse program at South Queens Middle School. Shelley does all this for our community in addition to having a very busy family life, and her organizational skills, kindness, and empathy for others has made her an invaluable and widely respected volunteer, and most deserving of recognition through the "Ripple Effect".
If you would like to nominate a volunteer for "Ripple Effect" recognition why not do so? It's easy, and staff of the Recreation and Community Facilities Department will be pleased to help you do so, call our Department at 902-354-5741.
April 1, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week’s "Ripple Effect" recognition the Region of Queens Municipality is proud to introduce the dynamic duo of Gil and Laura Lee Johnson of South Brookfield.
Since “retiring” to the North Queens area Gil and Laura Lee have done an incredible amount of volunteer work, and left an indelible mark on our community. Both the Johnsons have been members of the North Queens Board of Trade for the past 5 years, and Laura Lee is also a Director. They have both also served on the Board of the North Queens Medical Center for 6 years, and each have Chaired that dynamic group. They have volunteered with the "Meals on Wheels" program for 4 years, and with Caledonia United Church as trustees and elders.
Individually Laura Lee is a United Church Women member and helps with fundraising for that group and is the North Queens Representative on Canada 150 Committee for Queens County, while Gil is a member of the Queens Community Health Board, on the Queens Care Society, and Secretary for Mechanics Lodge # 78.
They have also been ardent advocates for cleaner highways and ditches in South Brookfield for the past 12 years, and for the past 3 have adopted a 5 kilometre stretch of road under the "Adopt a Highway" program and perform an official road cleanup twice a year, which they describe as "really rewarding to know that we are creating a cleaner environment in our area".
Gil and Laura Lee Johnson have lived in many places across the province in the past 40 years and volunteering has been a vital part of their lives in each place, and they are now a vital part of life in Queens whether it be at the board room table, in the community or their church, and even on the roads and ditches of South Brookfield.
The Region of Queens Municipality is honoured to recognize and share their work through the "Ripple Effect", which has been implemented precisely to thank folks like Gil and Laura Lee. If you know of a volunteer that you would like to see celebrated though the "Ripple Effect" why not nominate them? To find out how you can call the Department of Recreation and Community Facilities at 902-354-5741.
March 2, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
Its ripple Wednesday and the Region of Queens Municipality would like to introduce this week's nominee, Janet Gatzke of Port Mouton.
Through her volunteer service Janet has proven to be an exceptional member of the community in West Queens. She provides the critical service of medical first responder with the West Queens Medical First Response Unit. She is their Chief as well as director, ambulance driver and fund raising committee. Talk about wearing many hats! She is also Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Harbour Authority of Port Mouton. For the West Queens Recreation Association Janet is currently the booking agent and is instrumental in organizing and executing all the adult and children's entertainment. Janet also manages the weekly Chase the Ace fundraiser for Association.
Janet is currently a mail delivery worker for Canada Post, and she has also volunteered for many years as the Shop Steward, Secretary, and Treasurer as well as completing the bi-monthly statements for the Regional Office in Halifax and completes financial statements for the National Secretary Treasurer on a yearly basis.
As if that wasn’t enough Janet is one of the original 3 volunteer directors who assisted in creating a dive park called the Spectacle Marine Dive Park where she assisted in the cleaning and sinking of a 150’ vessel to create an artificial reef. She was also involved at the beginning of the Spectacle Light Society, and helped raise funds for the process of ownership. Finally, she raised over $2000 selling bracelets initiated by Veinot’s Print to assists the families of the vessel Miss Ally who lost 5 souls at sea.
Janet Gatzke is involved with so many aspects of life in West Queens and can be counted on to head up or assist with any and all events in the area, and her nominator says it best when they state "Thank you for all that you do for our community, those that live in and around it appreciate all your efforts." Janet, the Region of Queens Municipality sends its sincere thanks and acknowledgement for the profound effect your service has had for your community, as you truly do embody what "The Ripple Effect" was designed to honour.
If you would like to recognize a deserving volunteer like Janet Gatzke it's quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you if needed. To find out how you can call the Department of Recreation and Community Facilities at (902)-354-5741.
February 24, 2016 - 2016 Volunteer Representatives:
For this week's "Ripple Effect" release, we are going to deviate from our customary format to announce our 2016 Representative Volunteers.
Our two representatives were selected by Council from the stellar individual nominees we have received for "Ripple Effect" recognition program until February 3rd, including Tara Smith–Atkins, Terrena Parnell, Charlotte White, David Lohnes, Joyce Whynot, Julie D’Arcy, Vinal Smith, and Lily Lane.
The Region of Queens Municipality is proud to announce that Jamie Long and Bonnie Wentzell will represent Queens and all those engaged in voluntary service for 2016. Of the countless decisions Council makes each year, this is one of the most difficult, as they value all such contributions equally. Council is keenly aware how much all our volunteers contribute to our quality of life and how very different our community would be without you all. They are extremely proud that Jamie and Bonnie will be in Halifax on April 4th on behalf of Queens and its volunteers at a luncheon hosted by the Province of Nova Scotia.
Congratulations and thanks to you all once again, and the "Ripple Effect" will be back next week to introduce yet another of our outstanding volunteers.
February 17, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
For this week's "Ripple Effect" nominee, the Region of Queens Municipality is delighted to acknowledge the work of yet another outstanding youth volunteer in Queens - Natalie Rogers of Milton.
Natalie is a grade 12 student at Liverpool Regional High School, and one of her main volunteer commitments over the past few years has been with the Key Club. In 2013 she was a Director, became Vice-President last year and in 2015/16 is Club President. In this capacity she helps with a myriad of Key Club activities, such as the recent Valentine’s Day Tea where she was the primary organizer. Natalie has also helped with children's art classes offered by the the Mersey Arts Society and with most, if not all, Crime Prevention Breakfasts from 2013 to present.
Natalie is also excited to combine her love of water and passion for community involvement by continuing the "Ripple Effect" water safety program this winter and spring, which she is doing as a school Co-op project, and has already completed a similar Co-op placement at Queens General Hospital.
Natalie does an admirable job of balancing the demands of school and work with a very impressive volunteer resume for one so young, and her work has certainly not gone unnoticed by Key Club adviser Ted Bulley with the Kiwanis Club of Liverpool. Ted advises that "Natalie Rogers has poured her heart and soul into the Key Club and its activities and puts 100% effort into everything she does, and often puts in very long hours at events like the recent Valentine’s Day Tea." He goes on to describe her "as a great leader who is well-respected by Key Club members" and Natalie the Region of Queens Municipality Council sends it's heartfelt respect and thanks to you for all you do, and for assuring us all the spirit of Volunteerism that Queens is synonymous with is alive and well in our young people as well.
If you would like to recognize a deserving like Natalie Rogers it's quick and easy to do, and Region staff will provide assistance to help you do so if needed. To find out how you can call the Department of Recreation and Community Facilities at (902)-354-5741.
February 10, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
It's Ripple...Thursday? We know, it isn't as catchy as Ripple Wednesday, however the Region of Queens Municipality is delighted to acknowledge our first group nominee to "The Ripple Effect", the West Queens Recreation Association Kitchen Auxiliary Committee.
This dynamic group, which consists of Leanora Fisher, Pam Mutsaers, Trina Anderson, Mary Smith, Mary Dahr, Betty Jean Lawson, Nalom Clark, Faye Conrad, and Lucy Burgess. This group was recently organized in October of 2015, but they have supported all of the events held at the West Queens Recreation Centre since then. In doing so, they have provided a much needed influx of additional revenue to help maintain this facility, which is a central pillar of community life in Port Mouton and surrounding area. This committed group of volunteers all take turns organizing and running the kitchen at the hall to provide excellent monthly breakfasts and either luncheons or suppers. They also provide canteen services for the weekly "Chase the Ace" fundraiser and monthly dart tournaments and spend countless hours preparing meals and maintaining a clean and friendly environment. They have become almost entirely self sufficient by raising funds to support their own organization and lessen the financial burden on the hall’s budget. They are also beginning to repair and replace their own equipment and upgrade the kitchen facility, and their nomination states they have "been instrumental in assisting to revitalize and maintain our community hall through continuous support", and goes on to thank them from "from the bottom of our stomachs!" We could not have said it better ourselves so to Leanora, Pam, Trina, Mary, Mary, Betty Jean, Nalom, Faye, and Lucy sincere thanks as well from the Region of Queens Municipality, and for continuing the extraordinary level of volunteer commitment this facility has had since it's opening.
The "Ripple Effect" is a volunteer recognition program of the Region of Queens Municipality that allows anyone to nominate a resident or group from Queens for their volunteer service. If you would like to submit a nomination please call the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741.
February 3, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queen Municipality is pleased to announce that Lily Lane of Liverpool is this week's nominee to the "Ripple Effect" volunteer recognition program. Volunteerism is synonymous with the Lane family, whose contributions to Queens go back generations, and this caring and outstanding young woman continues that fine tradition.
In her own words, Lily says her Mother Linda "taught me to always consider others, and to consider what I could do to make other people happy." Her upbringing led her to care a great deal about trying to make a real difference for those who are less fortunate than others, and in particular people who are homeless in Halifax. Lily has always showed them kindness, whether it was by simply saying "Hello" or giving any spare change she had when she was young. Later in her life, she was able to do more to help and last year at Christmas time she and her boyfriend decided to buy a large pizza and give it out to those on the streets. According to Lily "The reactions we got were so kind and grateful. It was the best thing we could have spent our money on", so they decided to expand their beneficence by collecting coats to give out. After seeing how many people they helped to keep warm decided she would make some kind of contribution, whether it be, coats, food or other needed items every year. Her personal opinion is, especially around Christmas, that we should be helping others by supplying them with things they truly need, and this is exactly what "The Ripple Effect" is celebrating with volunteers like Lily.
She is also passionate about keeping our ecosystem clean and, as litter is one of her biggest pet peeves, always tries to pick up all the garbage she sees. A springtime tradition of her and her boyfriend is cleaning up garbage at the breakwater in Brooklyn each year.
Lily says "I always try to do my best to influence equality and positivity among those who I speak with, and encourage others to contribute as much as they can to those in need. I hope that in my lifetime I will make a positive change to my community and the environment." Well Lily, the Region of Queens Municipality thinks you already have and are very proud of you and all you have accomplished in your young life. We know you will accomplish any goal you set, volunteer service or otherwise, and we are delighted to recognize you with this week's "Ripple Effect" award.
The "Ripple Effect" is a volunteer recognition program of the Region of Queens Municipality that allows anyone to nominate a resident or group from Queens for their volunteer service. If you would like to submit a nomination please call the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741.
January 27, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality would like to introduce Vinal Smith of White Point as this week’s "Ripple Effect" recipient.
As much of Vinal's passion involves the outdoors and water, he truly has caused ripples in Queens and beyond with his incredible and far-reaching volunteer service. He has been an active volunteer with the Queens County Fish and Game Association for many years. Currently Vinal holds the seat of Vice President in the Association representing the recreational sector within the Region of Queens on numerous committees, such as the Fisheries and Oceans South West Nova Scotia Soft Shelled Clam Advisory Committee, Zone 21 Atlantic Salmon Advisory Committee, Gaspereau Advisory Committee, and Scotia Fundy Groundfish Advisory Committee.
Vinal also participates at Provincial Recreational Fisheries Advisory Council meetings and sits on the Nova Scotia Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee, providing input on recreational fisheries issues to government. He also attends Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers/Hunters meetings, and has sold many of the Federation's boat, motor and trailer lottery tickets over the years resulting in local winners. He is Chair of the Federation Fish Committee, and is also their representative on the Nova Scotia Provincial Fisheries Sportfish Habitat Fund.
Other projects which Vinal has helped to introduce are, local fishing derbies, as well as supporting the provincial “Learn to Fish” program for youth. Recently he has approached the Nova Scotia Salmon Association "Adopt A Stream" program to facilitate improvements to the angling experience at Five Rivers, in co-operation with White Point Beach Resort and Nova Scotia Guides Association.
Vinal also volunteers with the MacDonald Heritage Society to maintain the old MacDonald house in the Thomas H. Raddall Provincial Park. And furthermore, Vinal is a Director with the Mersey Protective Association Board.
Vinal is a licensed Guide, providing angling experiences for clients, and supports the Nova Scotia Guides Association and Guiding in general as an instructor and registrar for their courses.
For his exemplary volunteer service the Region of Queens Municipality profoundly thanks Vinal Smith for all he has done for our community and province, and are honoured to bestow him with this week’s "Ripple Effect" award.
The "Ripple Effect" is a volunteer recognition program of the Region of Queens Municipality that allows anyone to nominate a resident or group from Queens for their volunteer service. If you would like to submit a nomination please call the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741.
January 20th, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality is delighted to honour yet another of our outstanding volunteers, Julie D'Arcy of Moose Harbour, with this week’s "Ripple Effect" award.
Julie is an invaluable volunteer with the Queens County Blades, where she holds the position of Club Registrar. In this very busy role she puts in countless hours coordinating skater registration, including preparing registration forms, communicating deadlines, collecting registration money, issuing receipts, and is always patient and willing to help everyone. She also plays an integral role in keeping the club organized including doing all communications, answering questions, recruiting new skaters, and assists with all the clubs events, including test days, ice shows and provincial and Atlantic competitions like Skate Canada Sectionals.
Julie is also the fundraising organizer for spring hockey, and was the past chair of the Milton Centennial School Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Dr. JC Wickwire School Advisory Committee. Julie does all this for our community while working full-time as a Physiotherapist in the outpatient department of Queens General Hospital. Along with her husband Shawn, they balance family life and the schedules of their two very talented children Shae and Max. In fact, volunteering is a family affair as Max, Shae, and Shawn all help with the CanSkate program of the Blades.
Her nominator sums up our feelings on her work nicely by saying "She is amazing!" and the Council of the Region of Queens agrees completely with this sentiment, and extend our sincere congratulations and thanks to Julie D'Arcy, one of Queens' many remarkable volunteers.
If you would like to nominate someone in Queens for their charitable service we’d love to recognize them, and to find out how to please contact the Recreation and Community Facilities Department at 902-354-5741.
January 13th, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize Joyce Whynot of Mill Village with a "Ripple Effect" award for all she does in our community.
Described by her nominator as "one of the hardest working people I know", Joyce is a member of the United Church Women, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 38 Auxiliary, the Bethany United Church, and the Mill Village Fire Department Auxiliary. In these volunteer capacities Joyce does whatever needs to be done from baking hundreds of cookies for a tea, to preparing beans for fire department breakfasts, to working countless suppers for the Legion Auxiliary and the Mill Village Fire Department. Joyce is also the Secretary for the Legion Auxiliary, is on the Calling Committee for the United Church Women, and has canvassed for the Arthritis Society for 15 years. Joyce is also a dedicated and invaluable volunteer for the Bethany United Church, serving on the Manse, Session, and Steward Committees.
It's hard to imagine what the quality of life would be in Queens without volunteers like Joyce Whynot and we hope we never have to, so a heartfelt thank you to Joyce from the Region of Queens Municipality and congratulations on this most deserved recognition.
If you know of a volunteer in Queens you would like to see recognized please consider taking a moment to nominate them for a "Ripple Effect" award. Anyone can do it, and staff of the Recreation and Community Facilities Department can help you with this process, which is simple and easy. Please contact us at 902-354-5741.
January 6th, 2016 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The "Ripple Effect" volunteer recognition initiative is pleased to kick off 2016 with yet another of Queens' outstanding volunteers, Bonnie Wentzell of Mill Village, who's service has contributed enormously to her community and Queens.
Bonnie has been the Treasurer of the United Church Women since 1990, and has also been on the Session and Steward Committees of the Bethany United Church. She decorates the Church for all occasions, and ensures that there are always fresh flowers for each event and season. In her role as a Church Clerk Session she helps to organize functions such as communion and baptisms, and always has preparations made if she is not able to be there. She delivers over 60 lunches regularly for the Church’s door to door lunches fund-raising program, and Bonnie is deeply involved in the Church's 200th anniversary celebrations this year.
The Church experienced damage during last year’s difficult winter, and Bonnie took it upon herself to source money for repairs from the Hunter Fund, and is playing a key role as they take place. The Bethany United Church is thriving due to the hard work and creativity of exceptional volunteers like Bonnie Wentzell.
Bonnie has served her community as both Treasurer and Past President of the Mill Village Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and has canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for over 25 years, as well as the Arthritis Society.
Described by her nominator as a person who is always upbeat, willing to help, and who sees the positive in every situation. Mill Village and the Region of Queens are truly blessed to have a volunteer like Bonnie Wentzell, and the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality takes great pride in recognizing her through the "Ripple Effect".
If you would like to nominate a deserving resident of Queens for this recognition why not make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to do so? Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2016.
December 23rd, 2015 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality is proud to recognize our last "Ripple Effect" nominee for 2015, Chief David Lohnes of West Caledonia.
Chief Lohnes has been nominated for his countless hours of volunteer work in Queens County and throughout the province. He has done an exemplary job as Chief of the North Queens Fire Association, and also sits on committees in Annapolis County through the Fire Association. At the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters School, he is the Representative for Queens County, arranging training for Fire Departments as required. He is a working member at FSANDS, an organization from which fire departments ask for changes from the provincial government.
The North Queens Fire Association is one of several fire departments in the province that is unique because of the distance from ambulance services and 24 hour emergency care. As a result they stock extra equipment should a large emergency occur, and is one of few in the province to carry epi-pens for allergic reactions.
Chief Lohnes has been on the committee to replace the aging fire hall in Caledonia since its inception several years ago. This committee, along with the help of many organizations, all levels of governments, and everyone in the community, brought this project to fruition with completion of the fire hall, which is also a community centre and business hub. From planning to fund-raising, through the completion of the building program, Chief Lohnes has ensured everything was completed according to plan and was instrumental to the hall’s completion.
Most people know or have heard of the many hours of volunteer work it takes to operate a fire department. Add to this to Chief Lohnes’ work at the school bus garage, the many tasks as fire chief, being overseer from the start to the completion of a major building project, we can all begin to appreciate what a truly exemplary volunteer David Lohnes is.
The Region of Queens Municipality is honoured to recognize him with a "Ripple Effect" award. As his nomination states, "we have a fire department that all in our community are proud of, plus now we have a building that can be used during emergencies or good times to meet the needs of our residents for years... without Chief Lohnes it would not be standing today." Congratulations and thank you David, from all in your community and the Region of Queens.
There will be no "Ripple Effect" nominee released next week, but if you would like to nominate someone for recognition in 2016 please do so.
Season greetings and best wishes to all, for a happy and healthy 2016. Thanks once again to all volunteers in Queens, who give the greatest gift of all to enrich our community.
December 16th, 2015 Ripple Effect Nominee:
Would you like to discover the fountain of youth? Perhaps you could try volunteering as it seems to have worked for our latest "Ripple Effect" nominee Charlotte White of Western Head. Charlotte's infectious enthusiasm and smiling face is well-known through her work with a variety of organizations, and her caring for others and commitment to our community makes the Region of Queens proud to recognize her work. She is a Director with the Hank Snow Society, is co-chair of the Queens County Food Bank, an active member of the Liverpool United Baptist Church, a director of the Mersey Point Community Association, and is currently assisting with the fund-raising efforts of the Queens Refugee Care Team.
In 2012, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) offered the opportunity to award a Diamond Jubilee Service medal to citizens who have made an exceptional contribution to their community as the centre piece of a year-long series of Diamond Jubilee initiatives by the federal government to mark sixty years of public service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Charlotte White was one of many outstanding Canadian citizens, including several here in Queens, to receive this award.
There are probably more facets to Charlotte's long and distinguished voluntary service but she is truly modest about her accomplishments. When the Region of Queens Municipality tried to get more information for her bio she claimed not to remember all her involvements and stated "I don't do it for the recognition, I just do stuff". Well Charlotte there are many people who are truly thankful for your volunteer service and selflessness and the Region of Queens wishes you many more years of "doing stuff". We too thank you for your enormous contributions to the fabric of life in Queens and agree with your nomination form which stated "she is an inspiration to us all."
December 9, 2015 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens is delighted to recognize Brooklyn and Western Head resident Jamie Long, who is our latest "Ripple Effect" nominee. This compassionate and caring young lady has been volunteering in her community, Canada, and abroad since she was about 11 years old and started service work with her church's Kids Club while in grade 6. She also joined her local Junior Volunteer Fire Department, where she has held the office of Secretary and Chief, and headed many committees with this group over the past 5 years.
Jamie was part of a youth outreach program called Harvest Youth Ministries during the summer of 2012 and traveled throughout NS bringing stories and presentations about many difficulties youth are facing. She also volunteered at Long Lake Camp for 6 weeks as a junior counselor in 2013 and during the 2014-15 school year was a reading tutor at Dr. J C Wickwire Academy. In 2014 Jamie entered an essay writing contest where she wrote about the stigma surrounding youth mental health and won, and was awarded the opportunity to attend a National conference in Ottawa.
Inspired by her attendance at We Day Atlantic in 2014, she was determined to become part of a volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic in August 2015 organized by Me to We and Free the Children, and in just a few months raised over $4000 to fund it. One of her fund-raisers involved selling Me to We Rafikis that not only helped fund her trip, but also helped Mamas in Kenya make a sustainable income. She described this trip as life changing and since returning to school in September has joined the school's REP (Respect, Empathy and Positivity) committee.
Jamie recently received the Governor’s General Caring Canadian Award for her local and global work which was presented in two parts, one by Spencer West and the second by Order of Canada member Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children and Me to We.
Like her family, the Region of Queens is incredibly proud of Jamie Long, and it is a great privilege to recognize her beneficence with a "Ripple Effect:" award, as she truly embodies what the program is all about.
December 2, 2015 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens Municipality is proud to announce that our latest nominee to "The Ripple Effect" volunteer recognition program is Terrena Parnell of Liverpool.
Terrena is both the Treasurer and has helped with the Liverpool Junior Fire Department for over 10 years. She was Secretary and Team Manager for the Liverpool Priva-Cheer Club for 7 years. She has helped with many fundraisers for the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association over the years, including the White Point Stone Auction, and headed the fundraising auction for Matthew Leneten to help with medical bills during his cancer treatments. She is the Secretary for the Queens County Minor Hockey Association, as well as Registrar for the annual Jack Frost Tournament. Her most recent accomplishment is the very successful 6th Annual Liverpool Fire Department Christmas Parade on November 29th.
Volunteering is a family affair with the Parnell's, as Terrena's husband Steven is Chief of the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association and has been in the fire service for almost 30 years, while daughters Ashley and Taylor have both volunteered. Steven Jr. and grandson Jordan are a little young to help in the community just yet, but no doubt they will some day as the Parnell family is setting a fine example for them to emulate. This is exactly what "The Ripple Effect" is recognizing and celebrating. Sincere congratulations and thanks to Terrena, Steven, and all the members of the Parnell family for all you have done for Queens.
November 25, 2015 Ripple Effect Nominee:
The Region of Queens is pleased to announce that Tara Smith-Atkins of Caledonia is our first nominee under our new volunteer recognition program "The Ripple Effect".
Many of you would have read about her awesome initiative along with husband Zachary and daughter Jayda (plus 7 of Jayda's friends!) to provide winter coats to the homeless in Halifax, but Tara and her family do much more. Every year her family and her daycare family participate in many outreach programs, including organizing a community post for the Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse, while filling some of the shoeboxes themselves. They also fund raise throughout the year for Christmas Daddies and last year Tara and Zachary dropped off coats in London, Ontario. They are currently running an "adopt a senior" program which sees community members donate $15 to fund a Christmas gift for a local senior who does not have a family nearby with which to celebrate the holidays.
The Smith-Atkins family has donated to Coats for Kids, as well as the Red Cross, and last year also packed a suitcase with children's items and took them to Cuba and dispersed them in Caya Cocoa. Volunteering runs in the family - Jayda has a World Vision sponsor, who she is regularly in touch with throughout the year, and Tara volunteers at the North Queens Community School as much as time allows.
The Region of Queens is honoured to recognize Tara Smith-Atkins, and indeed her entire family, for the outstanding volunteer example they are setting, both locally and globally. They truly epitomize volunteerism in Queens, and the values they are passing along to Jayda is what the "The Ripple Effect" is all about. Congratulations and thanks again to Tara, Zachary, and Jayda.