Brooke Clarke of Wellington is presented her HRM Volunteer award. (Barry Walsh photo)

HRM hands out awards April 10 during National Volunteer Week

DARTMOUTH: Volunteers from across HRM were recognized for their sacrifice of giving back to their respective communities at the HRM Volunteer Awards on April 10, held at the Double Tree Hilton in Dartmouth.

The annual event is held during National Volunteer Week.

For District 1 (Waverley-Fall River-Musquodoboit Valley) and District 14 (Upper/Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank-Lucasville) they honoured a dozen recipients.Listed below are the Waverley-Fall River recipients.

Nick Yeomans gets his award. (Healey photo)

Nick Yeomans: Nick leads by example and inspires other to match his effort, thoughtfulness, and unrelenting generosity of time to his community. he is the station 45 volunteer station chief, was the chairman of Keloose, and on the board of the LWF Hall Association.

Brooke Clarke: She is a volunteer with heart. Brooke has a ready smile and the ability to relate to anyone. Her work with HRM Recreation Youth Leadership showed everyone she believes in the power of recreation.

Sarah MacDonald-Miles . (Healey photo)

Sarah MacDonald-Miles: The Grade 9 student at Lockview High has been thinking of ways to give back to her community since she was four-years-old. Sarah has her own company and helping several charities through her efforts and initiatives such as #Jeans4Teens #LinksofLove #SharetheWarmth , Halloween Hero food drive in support of Feed N.S. and #KindnessisContagious. She is also a proud member of the RSCC Magnificient 24 Sea Cadet Corp.

Pat Healey: Pat shows enthusiasm and passion for everything he does in the Fall River area, which he considers his second home. He puts in many, many hours of his spare time (which is very slim as it is) to help bring together and celebrate the communities. The involvement he has for a community that is not his own is awe inspiring.

Pat Healey with his volunteer award. (Healey photo)

For Lisa Blackburn’s District 14 (Upper/Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank-Lucasville), recognized were:

Collette Berezowski: She is an invaluable member of the team at the Beaver Bank-Kinsac Community Centre. Her kindness, willingness to help, and hard work is contagious and imperative to the success of the BBKCC.

Caroline Gallup: Caroline is a caring, friendly person who sees a need and looks for a solution, inspiring others to join her on the journey and is always successful. She is the current chairwoman of the Outreach Centre at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville. She is constantly helping others, quietly without drawing attention to herself.

(Lisa Blackburn photo)

Ann McCulloch: She has volunteered for more than 30 years at Beacon House in Lower Sackville. She has helped contribute to the success of their programs, all the while inspiring and attracting new volunteers to the cause.

N.S. Mental Health’s Starr Cunningham, as she has done in the past, was the night’s emcee event. She read of a brief summary of each of the volunteers recognized.

Robert Shaw was chosen as the overall Volunteer of the Year for HRM. He spoke to the crowd of knowing Mayor Mike Savage and all that HRM has to offer, from Ecum Secum to Halifax and all points in between. He had a standing ovation.

“HRM has a wide variety of diversity amongst it as shown tonight by the recipients,” Shaw told the crowd.