Volunteers keep small communities viable and each year individual (s) are celebrated at the annual Waskada Chamber appreciation evening. This year’s event was held on March 20 at the Lions Hall. Scott Williams, President of the Chamber, spoke briefly about the Chamber. “The Waskada & District Chamber of Commerce serves the communities of Goodlands, Coulter and Waskada. They host such events as the Santa Day and Canada Day and provide the Border Post a monthly newsletter that is distributed throughout the communities. Williams invited Glen Whetter to say the blessing. A delicious prime rib meal and all the trimmings, served by The Evening Circle Ladies, was enjoyed by all.
Following the meal, Williams invited Dave Stewart to introduce this year’s Volunteer Award recipients.
“Well, our families have been neighbours for 125 years, so it’s safe to say we know this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Award recipients, Steve and Coral Meggison. They have hosted 11 international students, shared their experience and encourage others to do the same. Steve and Coral share their music – at church, charities, Borderfest, special events and more. Steve’s contributions include but are not limited to: helping with BorderFest, volunteering his time when his band plays at BorderFest, Waskada Old-Timers hockey tournament/curling weekend and at Goodlands events; shares special music, helps with 4-H projects, is on the Goodlands Winter Sports Committee, helps at Lake Stanley and is a long-time old-timers’ goalie. Coral’s contributions include but are not limited to: helping with Sports Club, especially through the Red Cross swimming lessons at Lake Stanley, member of School Advisory Council, involved with 4-H – Leader, on Rally committee and Treasurer of SW Region – encourages others and supports 4-H – Food Challenges, Bonspiel, Scholarship; helps with the hot lunch program at school; curling mentor and coach – organizes youth bonspiel and draw master of Doubles and Ladies; advisor and member of local festival committee; was instrumental in starting the Goodlands Friends singers (multi-generational); involved with Westman Youth Choir (helping at the camps), organizing/providing music at church for 25 years – Sunday School, youth group; member of the Presbytery Board Commissioner for United Church Council, helped with Confirmation and encouraged youth retreats. That’s quite an extensive list – it’s great to have Steve and Coral in our community. They are super people and they raised a great family,” concluded Dave.
“I’d like to present this award on behalf of the Municipality of Brenda-Waskada to Steve and Coral Meggison,” said Donna Stewart. “They show us that volunteering is a way of living.”
“This is a great honour. We know many people are deserving of this – that’s what makes our community great. Everyone chips in and gets the job done. This community is like family – this is home,” said Steve.
Scott Williams offered his congratulations and agreed the community is very fortunate to benefit from all of Steve and Coral’s volunteer efforts and contributions. He continued by introducing the guest speaker – Craig Davidson, founder and president of Taurus Ag.
Following the guest speaker, lucky ticket winners of the rainbow auction and winning bidders of the silent auction, collected their respective prizes and enjoyed the rest of the evening.