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Fort Macleod thanks volunteers with concert

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Canadian Idol runner-up in 2007 Jaydee Bixby performed a concert for Fort Macleod’s volunteers.

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Jann Beeston, executive director of Volunteer Alberta.

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Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor.

The contribution of community volunteers in Fort Macleod was applauded last week.
Fort Macleod held its appreciation night April 12 at the Empress Theatre during National Volunteer Week.
Jaydee Bixby, who was runner-up in the 2007 Canadian Idol contest, entertained with a 90-minute concert of country and other hit songs.
“We just want to thank you for all the work you do in our community supporting everyone — not just you and your families — but the whole community at large,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor said. “We really appreciate it.”
About 70 people turned out for Volunteer Appreciation Night, which in addition to the concert featured free popcorn and draws for prizes, including a weekend getaway to Waterton.
O’Connor said the turn-out would likely have been larger, but people were busy volunteering in the community.
“The many community organizations are the root of our community,” O’Connor said.
The theme of 2016 National Volunteer Week was “Volunteers are the roots of our community.”
Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter brought greetings on behalf of the Town of Fort Macleod.
“I do want to thank everyone for your efforts in building a super strong community,” Feyter said. “It’s great to have a community that is willing to volunteer their time and energy to help continue making our community a great place to live.”
Volunteer Alberta executive director Jann Beeston was in Fort Macleod for Volunteer Appreciation Night.
“I would just like to express my gratitude to the community for all of you who turn up for your community every day,” Beeston sad. “You make this community what it is.”
According to Volunteer Alberta, there are more than 20,000 volunteer organizations and 9,000 registered charities in the province, supported by 2.5-million volunteers who contribute 449-million hours.
In a recent study, more than 72 per cent of adult Alberta indicated they did at least one type of volunteer work.
A board listing volunteer opportunities in Fort Macleod was on display at the Empress Theatre.
“There’s lots of different opportunities available in our community,” O’Connor said. “We do thank you for your contributions already.”
“Please feel appreciated by the community.”
Event sponsors included FCSS, Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre, Volunteer Alberta, Parent Link Centre, Fort Macleod Extendicare, Empress Theatre Society, Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society and the government of Alberta.

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