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Fort Macleod set to celebrate National Volunteer Week

Fort Macleod will pay tribute Thursday, April 10 to its many volunteers.
A free night of entertainment is planned beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Empress Theatre.
The audience will then be invited for refreshments at the Welcome Mat following the show.
“Volunteers are a treasure” is the theme of the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Night.
“We have lots of community partners involved, which is great,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) director Angie O’Connor said.
FCSS, Extendicare, Kids First Family Centre, Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society, the Empress Theatre and Alberta government are joining forces to host the Volunteer Week celebration.
The show at the Empress Theatre will see the return of cast members from last year’s successful production of the musical “Anne of Green Gables.”
Members of the cast will take the stage to sing selections from the musical, which played to sell-out crowds last spring.
The Gable Girls are Laura Glover, Candice Larson, Dona Bengston and Petula Hofer.
The Loose Kannons duo of Jenn Wolstenholme and Erin Henderson will also perform.
According to the Alberta government, more than 140 communities across the province will host events and activities during National Volunteer Week to honour all the Albertans who enrich their communities by volunteering.
“National Volunteer Week is our opportunity to reflect on how we each have benefited from the selfless generosity of a local volunteer,” Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk said in a news release. “It’s also an excellent time to reach out and discover an organization or project that may need your talents and energy to succeed.”
The theme of National Volunteer Week 2014 is “Because volunteer work speaks volumes” and Canadians are encouraged to join a national conversation on volunteer recognition.
The Alberta Government is joining with Volunteer Alberta to provide $65,000 in funding for community recognition of volunteers.
National Volunteer Week kicks off April 7 with the launch of a new initiative to recognize volunteers and the importance of volunteerism.
About 70 per cent of Albertans volunteered with organizations in their community in 2012-’13 contributing more than 200 million hours to local initiatives.
It is estimated that 13.3-million Canadians volunteer each year.
“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to all volunteers for their selflessness and the exceptional contributions that they make to Canadian communities across the country,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a news release.
“Every year, more than 13-million Canadians volunteer their time, energy, and skills to supporting families, caring for the elderly, leading our youth, risking their lives as volunteer firefighters and disaster relief personnel, and helping not-for-profit organizations and communities deliver programs and services to Canadians.
The federal government created the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards aimed at recognizing volunteers across the nation and inspiring Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities.
The call for nominations is open until Friday, May 9.
“During this National Volunteer Week, I invite all Canadians to join me in thanking our volunteers for their tremendous contributions to our great country,” Harper said. “I also encourage Canadians to get involved in volunteerism, whether they invest their time and talents in their community or in an organization in need of passionate volunteers.”

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