HALIFAX: Volunteers from across Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 45th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony on April 1 for their selfless contributions.

The Strait area recipients include: Municipality of the District of Guysborough volunteer Chelsea Burke; Town of Antigonish volunteer Gladys MacDougall; Paqtnkek First Nation volunteer Mary Jane Paulette; Town of Mulgrave volunteers Betty Skinner and Alvina Snow; Potlotek First Nation volunteer Cynthia Francis; Town of Port Hawkesbury volunteer Paul Kehoe; We’koqma’q First Nation volunteer Rodney Martin; Municipality of the County of Inverness volunteer Helen Rollock; and Municipality of the County of Richmond volunteer Elaine Sampson.

The ceremony is part of National Volunteer Week. More than 70 volunteers were celebrated in three award categories, the Representative Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award and Family Volunteer Award. First Nations and municipalities in Nova Scotia selected one individual per community for the representative award.

“There are thousands of volunteers in Nova Scotia who give generously of their time and expertise,” said Minister of Communities Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine. “They are living proof that when people come together for good, the possibilities are endless.”

The Little family from Yarmouth received the Family Award. The Little family has collectively contributed over 40 years of volunteer service to the community over the past 11 years.

“The biggest reason we volunteer together as a family is because it is the right thing to do, to give back to our community,” said Jeff Little, father and Family Award Recipient. “Also, it allows us to be together as a family and to bond while doing something we all love.”

For details about award winners around the province, visit: https://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/.