From the Editor's Computer
Next week (April 21 - 27) marks Volunteer Week. A week in which we remember to thank all the unsung heroes who make our world go round.
It takes a special breed of person to volunteer. A person who gives selflessly to others with no expectation of having their efforts even acknowledged. A person who thinks the needs of others are more important than their own. A person who sees a need to be filled, or a job to be done, and lends not only their hands, but their heart as well. A person who all too often is overlooked or ignored when the accolades and credit for a job well done are passed around.
Volunteers are the backbone of any community. Without the dedication of volunteers, there would be no hockey, community groups, community functions, or even school extra-curricular activities. Generally, it is the volunteers working very diligently behind the scenes that ensure the success of any organization or function.
Volunteering gives a person a chance to return something to society by contributing to the world around you and making a positive difference in the lives of others. Volunteering makes you feel good, and according to various studies, actually promotes longevity. Just consider the number of senior citizens who volunteer for endless hours! Volunteering provides an enormous amount of personal satisfaction. Knowing that you have helped out someone in need, or contributed to a worthy cause, is a great reward for all the long hours and back-breaking work.
To ALL THE VOLUNTEERS out there, I would like to say THANK YOU! In particular, I would like to thank the members of the Alix Public Library Board and the volunteers who me help in the library - Carol Lukyn, Genevieve Marshall, Franshesca Bryant and Jodie Waddy. I could not do my job without your assistance. I would also like to specially thank Genevieve Marshall who helps me deliver the paper in Alix.
I would like to leave you with this thought: “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Morrie Schwartz