Community volunteers Jessica Brake and her mom Irene Baker attended the special breakfast Tuesday during National Volunteer Week.

Volunteerism keeps Red Deer community moving forward

Employers, schools looking at volunteer activity on resumes

Like mother, like daughter.

Jessica Brake and her mom Irene Baker are just two of the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers that to help make all the community events in Red Deer the successes they are. They were among a number of Red Deerians who attended a special breakfast on Tuesday morning honouring volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Brake, 33, is on the planning committee for Social Media Breakfast Red Deer, which includes a team of six people who organize a free breakfast and presentation once a month, usually about social media and marketing for business.

Baker, her daughter and the rest of her family have lived in Red Deer for over 30 years. Over the years she’s done a variety of volunteering, ranging from lunchroom supervising at school, to hockey tournaments, to canvassing for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Baker, 56, said she is now seriously thinking about volunteering for the biggest sporting event Red Deer has ever hosted, the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. The call for general volunteers is expected to go out about the end of this year.

Pam Snowdon, executive director of Volunteer Central, said when it comes to the role that volunteers have in the community, she likes to use the analogy of a playground.

Often when people are at a playground they don’t stop to think how that playground came to to be. “It’s usually there because of the hard work and the fundraising and the dedication of and commitment of volunteers in the community.”

Without volunteers, a lot of the nonprofit and charity groups in Red Deer wouldn’t be able to go forward with their missions, Snowdon said. Volunteer Central is the hub that connects volunteers with needs in the community, and also offers training and workshops.

“Red Deer has a great reputation for volunteerism,” she said.

“Volunteering is becoming something that a lot of employers are looking for in resumes now because it tells you a lot about a person’s character, even for students who are applying for places in … higher education know that those applications ask for their volunteer involvement. Through volunteering they can get references for their resume, add to their knowledge base, to their skill-building.”

During an economic downturn there’s a lot more pressure on charities and nonprofits for their services. The flip side is that sometimes people have more time because of a layoff to be able to volunteer and get out of the house and feel good, or to do some skill-building, Snowdon said.

In the national Canada 150 Volunteer Challenge, Red Deer was in second place for the month of March, out of 72 volunteer centres. Kelowna was first, so Snowdon has been busy going around saying, “Be afraid Kelowna. Be very afraid.” (Volunteers can register online at volunteercentral.ca).

barr@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Campaign renews push to make Bighorn Backcountry a wildland provincial park, ATV groups unhappy

A push to provide provincial protection for the Bighorn Backcountry area has… Continue reading

Flu cases steadily climb in Central Alberta

So far the number of Central Albertans admitted to hospital with the… Continue reading

CP Holiday train makes stops in Central Alberta

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Auditor general flags Royal Military College for costs, cadet behaviour

The Royal Military College of Canada has taken another blow to its… Continue reading

After death of 8th child, Ikea relaunches dresser recall in U.S and Canada

NEW YORK — Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and… Continue reading

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

Update: Innisfail girl found

A 15-year-old missing Innisfail girl has been located safe and sound. Police… Continue reading

Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help 1,300 children this year

Demand is high, but Red Deer always provides

CP Holiday train makes stops in Central Alberta

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month