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Our Volunteer Appreciation Brunch was held on Sunday, March 22.

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Once a year we gather as many volunteers as possible to appreciate and award them for their service. This year we had 56 volunteers from front of House, special events, shuttle driving, housekeeping and general office assisting come to celebrate. A brunch meal group was already booked to cook that day and they very generously agreed to feed our volunteers as well as families. This was a university student group with not a lot of experience who did a tremendous job cooking for a crowd.

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Volunteers who have reached specific levels of service received an award. We were privileged to recognize two three-year, three five-year, three fifteen-year and two thirty-year volunteers for 2014. These ladies (no gentlemen this time round) give your heart a boost when you think of all the hours they spend making families lives at the House as normal as possible.

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Our special guest, Ben Scrivens, Oilers goalie, gave out all awards including the new Kids Krew and VolunTeen awards to volunteers between the ages of 5 and 18. Younger children volunteer with an adult and bake, clean and organize, while the teens come and perform a variety of chores, mostly the infamous vacuuming. Sometimes these students need volunteer hours performed as part of their school requirements, which we are very happy to supply.

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Everyone had a wonderful time and left feeling invigorated and ready to roll for 2015.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our volunteers who take the time to think beyond themselves and serve those who need a little extra love this time around.

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