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It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

On Saturday several local organizations kicked off fundraising events, all for a good cause.

The fifth annual dog festival was hosted at the Fox and Hound Canine Retreat in Sarnia, following a two year hiatus.

“It’s everything dog. The whole thing is to celebrate dogs and the relationships we have with them,” said Donna Pyette, the executive director of the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

The event is meant to encourage dog adoption and highlight the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

“For over 110 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find their homes and now we’re trying to help dogs find their forever home,” said Karley Chamberlain, the director of marketing at CB southwest realty.

“By partnering with, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, the Coldwell Banker network has helped to find more than 40,000 dogs their furever homes.”

Amelia Humphries is one of several dog owners who adopted her nearly 2-year-old pup Fraya with help from the humane society.

“I saw her on the website and fell in love and knew I had to have her,” she said. “It was all around a good experience. We got to help out the humane society by helping them versus buying one.”

The donations raised from the event will go towards supporting the Sarnia & District Humane Society. According to the executive director, their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the day.

“Everyone has a spot in their heart for that organization and I think it really brings the community together,” Katie Fuller said.

In London, the Paws on the Green fundraiser by Leads Employment also kicked off this Saturday for the first time in Wortley village.

The event showcased pet-serving entrepreneurs and local craft businesses.

“It’s the first time for entrepreneurs to sell their services, their products, showcasing their talents to get into the labour market and into the gig economy, it’s very exciting,” said Wendy Lau, the CEO of Leads Employment Services.

According to Lau, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting lead’s clients with employment resources to support clients with disabilities or barriers.

“We need to support our small businesses and those that are dependent on the business they get from festivals.” 

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Manitoban organizations see volunteer shortage amidst return to in-person events – Winnipeg |

Manitoban organizations see volunteer shortage amidst return to in-person events - Winnipeg |

The cut-back on COVID-19 restrictions is prompting Manitoban charities, festivals and organizations to return to in-person events, but finding volunteers is becoming a bigger challenge than in previous years.

The Manitoba Marathon’s first full-scale event in years is two weeks away.

Upwards of 6,000 runners have signed up, but executive director Rachel Munday says their volunteer turnout is down by 30 per cent.

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“It might not seem very much when you say 30 per cent, but every volunteer that we have is needed. Everyone does an important role.”

Munday says prior to the pandemic, the Manitoba Marathon had a manageable handful of helpers not return each year, but with three years passed, the number has become exponentially larger.

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“It’s not that people don’t want to volunteer,” she says. “I think it’s just like a culmination of all these years of not putting a race on.”

Volunteer Manitoba’s communication manager, Dawn Bourbonnais, says it’s “a perfect storm of a lot of different things” that are contributing to a volunteer shortage.

“I think we’re in a period where the last two years is meeting the next two years. We’ve scaled back on volunteers right across the board over the pandemic.”

According to Bourbonnais, most volunteers are senior citizens who, for a number of reasons, are hesitant to offer their time.

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Aside from health risks related to the pandemic, she says people’s attitudes around donating spare time have changed in recent years.

“Everybody’s just coming out of the long winter that we’ve had and gone, ‘Wait, I can do things in person again,’” she says. “So it’s competition for people’s time.

“All of us have redefined what our time means to us in the last two years. We’ve all looked at the value of our time and where to best deploy it.”

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Bourbonnais says organizations might have to change the way they recruit helpers by offering shorter shifts and emphasizing the impact their time would have on the community. She also says having a volunteer manager on the team is critical.

“When you lose that connection with your volunteer team and you lose that sort of that leader, that grand marshal, the champion of what it is you’re doing and the person who’s responsible for recruiting those volunteers and making sure that they’re properly engaged within the organization — if you don’t have that person there, then you’re going to see a loss.”

Munday says plans are underway to have a safe event with the volunteers they have, but extra help won’t be turned away.

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“We like to respect everybody’s time and make it fun, and so the more people we can find to come out in any capacity, the better — the better it is for us and for all of our other volunteers as well.”

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Anyone interested in helping out can head to the Manitoba Marathon website and check out the opportunities listed on the volunteer page.

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Veterans organizations to host Longmont Memorial Day events

Veterans organizations to host Longmont Memorial Day events

The Longmont VFW Post 2601 and American Legion Post 32 will help to host numerous ceremonies Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

Leon Bartholomay, VFW quartermaster and adjutant, provided details about the free community ceremonies that will take place.

9 a.m. at Stephen Day Park, 1340 Deerwood Drive: There will be a wreath laying ceremony, 21 gun salute and posting of the colors. VFW and legion chaplains will give a benediction and lead a prayer service.

10 a.m. at the Foothills Gardens of Memory, 14241 N 107th St.: The same ceremony will take place.

11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 620 11th Ave.: The same ceremonial activities as the prior two events will take place. Here, a veteran will also give a speech to address the crowd. A VFW and legion commander and auxiliary presidents will also speak.

At noon, the American Legion Post 32 will host an American flag raising ceremony at 315 S. Bowen St., according to Chad Wiese, legion trustee.

To help recognize deceased veterans, Wiese said, Troop 67 BG and Cub Scout Pack 673 will place flags on the graves of veterans at Mountain View Cemetery.

From Friday through Monday this Memorial Day weekend, the VFW Post 2601 will have its annual Buddy Poppy tables set up at multiple Murdoch’s, Ace Hardware and multiple Safeway and King Soopers locations.

The Buddy Poppies are created in remembrance of World War I veterans. Any proceeds donated support a veterans relief fund to help veterans and their family members who need assistance.

“We need to take this day to remember all who gave their lives for the protection of our and other countries,” Batholomay said. “And, to just give them thanks. It is a day of thanks.”

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Canada Day event being held at Riverside, city looking for organizations to join – Kamloops News

Canada Day event being held at Riverside, city looking for organizations to join - Kamloops News

Canada Day back in-person

Canada Day festivities at Riverside Park for the first time in two years.

The City of Kamloops announced the return of the in-person Canada Day event in Riverside Park for 2022 after the two year pandemic induced hiatus, and are currently accepting applications from community groups looking to get involved.

“The annual in-person event in Riverside Park was dearly missed in 2020 and 2021,” Dewi Evans, the city’s community events coordinator said.

“For the past two years, we hosted virtual events with strong support; however, it was no match for the vibrancy that the community typically brings to Riverside Park.”

In a statement, the city said the full day event with start with a pancake breakfast, followed by arts, culture displays, and community festivities.

The city said it’s looking for organizations to add to the event and priority will be given to ‘engaging, interactive booths and organizations that promote a creative message of community spirit.’

The city expects for 30,000 people to attend the Canada day event.

The application form to apply for the festival can be found here, and must be submitted by May 2.