Community events and local organizations play a starring role in the lives of Markham residents and make the city a better place to live. But it’s all made possible by scores of unpaid, unseen, and, too often, unnoticed volunteers. They donate their time, energy, expertise and even their own money toward the enjoyment of others.
At a recent event at Markham Civic Centre, volunteers were in the limelight as a few (nineteen super-volunteers) were recognized for their years of work as part of National Volunteer Week.
From car shows and concerts to hockey and community service, the full roster was introduced by Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Markham CAO Andy Taylor. Scarpitti noted that many of these events started with one idea from one person.
“We often think that one person can’t make much of a difference in the world,” Scarpitti declared. “But the individuals we’re honouring tonight are proof that’s not true.”
In wrapping up the evening, Scarpitti noted the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest community builders of all time – Martin Luther King – and repeated his words.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
The 2018 Volunteer Award Night honourees are:
Hockey with Heart, Wayne Nishimura
InfoMarkham, Glenna Berger
Mallards Swim Club, Vivien Hughsam
Markham Arts Council, Pat Durst
Markham Auto Classic, Stuart Cork
Markham Concert Band, Wally Osbaldeston
Markham Soccer Club, Gordon Cole
Markham Synchro Club, Tim Riddle
Markham Thunder, Maria Tassone
Markham Village Music Festival, Kevin Ker
Markham-Stouffville Girls Minor Hockey, Kevin Hooper
Pﬂag York Region, David Collict
Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise, Joe Chen
Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre, Gokulbhai Khatri
South Asian Artistic Talents, T.N Balamurali
Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society, Bernadette Burns
Unionville Minor Hockey Association, Ken Nakamura
Unionville Theatre, Carlene Flynn
Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club, Cecile Corso
Top photo: Award winner Cecil Corso (back-left) is surrounded by other members of the Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club as they celebrate her win at Markham’s Volunteer Awards Night.
Inset photo: from the left, Mayor Frank Scarpitti honours Stuart Cork, of the Markham Auto Classic, with wife Sue for 17 years of service to the annual event.