Volunteers from across Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 43rd annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony today, April 18.
Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince attended the Halifax ceremony to celebrate the selfless contributions made by the nominated volunteers.
Ryan Rutledge, of Dartmouth, was honoured with the 2017 Youth Volunteer award. He has dedicated his time to numerous organizations, including the Kinsmen Club and the Cole Harbour and Area Business Association, and served as committee chair of Global Tours, where he has helped students transition to high school for the last seven years.
“We are all raised by a community. Everyone in that community plays a role,” said Mr. Rutledge. “I volunteer in my community because I was raised to give back to those who need the help. I was also raised with the Boys and Girls Club morals that state we all belong, we all support each other, we all respect each other.”
The ceremony, part of National Volunteer Week, was highlighted by the presentation of 65 awards to volunteers nominated by their municipalities.
“This event gives us the opportunity to honour those who go above and beyond, dedicating their time to help make their communities strong and vibrant,” said Mr. Ince. “We are fortunate in Nova Scotia to have such a strong tradition of volunteering and helping one another. These efforts are deeply appreciated and felt by all Nova Scotians.”
The 2017 Family Volunteer award went to the six-member Mulock family of LaHave. The Mulocks have served in senior leadership roles in the LaHave and District Fire Department for years, and have had a huge impact on the delivery of fire services to the LaHave and District area.
For details about all award winners around the province, visit: novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector.