Esther began her volunteer service with the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in April of 1996 assisting front counter staff several months. While she enjoyed volunteering in this capacity, her real passion was in books. In August of 1996 Esther began volunteering on a weekly basis as the lay librarian with us. Her 15 years’ experience in various libraries was put to good use in our somewhat neglected library!
With the expansion of the Nature Centre, the book collection was moved, then moved again, to be rehoused in the bright new reading room. Inventories and an update of computer records were major undertakings, leading up to a joint project with Red Deer Public Library, which saw our holdings listed in their catalogue, a continuing process as new books are added to the collection.
The search is on for Alberta’s outstanding volunteers as nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open. From students to seniors, volunteers are the backbone of our communities and you can help to recognize their selfless generosity. The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards Program is an integral part of government's commitment to Alberta’s voluntary sector. Seeking out ways to pay tribute to volunteers is part of the Government of Alberta's way of acknowledging and thanking our volunteers whose generous efforts contribute to the vibrant quality of life Albertans so enjoy.
Djamshid Rouhi came to Canada in 1967. Before he retired, He used to work for the City of Red Deer in the Regional Planning Commission. Over the years, he was always very active in the community volunteering his time to help immigrants and refugees. Through his passion for helping immigrants, he got involved with C.A.R.E. and helps with translation of legal documents and others like translating of the driver’s handbook. He often interprets for clients, i.e. parent-teacher interviews at schools for immigrants who speak Farsi. Djamshid is our main interpreter to some Farsi-speaking students of C.A.R.E. in most of the orientation sessions. Also, Djamshid and his wife have been very supportive with most of C.A.R.E.’s events and join us every time they can. We at C.A.R.E. are lucky to have wonderful volunteers like Djamshid Rouhi!
Volunteer overcomes obstacles to help others
A Red Deer woman proves to her community that despite physical disabilities, she can still make a difference.
Physical disability has not stopped Cherri Lynn Hocken from volunteering for the Canadian Red Cross. She has now dedicated more than 15 years with the organization. With a condition called myotonic dystrophy, Hocken, 39, has transformed her challenges into inspiration for others. As a media archivist, her job includes finding and clipping articles from local newspapers where Red Cross has been mentioned and organizing them to be filed and recorded. “She is a ‘Can-do’ kind-of-girl,” says Elin Barlem, Hocken’s service co-ordinator with Catholic Family Services. “She loves Red Cross because they value her services and she feels respected. Red Cross has made her believe that she is a part of the community.” Volunteering for Red Cross has increased her self-confidence and improved her interpersonal skills. “The support she gets keeps her going forward. Red Cross has given her a new life.”