We love to celebrate our volunteers in the North End, as they’re truly what makes it possible for many of the organizations in this community to provide the services that they do. At The Winnipeg Boldness Project we’re focused on research and development rather than direct services, but our need for volunteers is just as important in order to make sure our research and prototypes are grounded in community wisdom.
Each month the 12 parents and caregivers who make up our Parent Guide Group meet to discuss topics relating to our prototypes in order to inform our work. These topics can vary from what natural support systems they utilize in the community, to what items should be included in a baby basket for North End parents. We also complete a lot of arts-based research projects that help the project to connect with local residents in creative ways that are not exclusively language-based.
The Parent Guide Group has remained largely steadfast since it started roughly four years ago and we’re very grateful that the members volunteer their time each month. That’s precisely why we take the time to honour them at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (VAD) — an event planned by several community organizations to collectively honour and appreciate their volunteers.
As in years past, VAD was a fun-filled evening that featured great food, entertainment, a free raffle, and lots of laughs. This year we brought the event back to R.B. Russell High School, which is where VAD took place when it first began. This smaller venue allowed us to create much more of an intimate atmosphere and provide reserved seating so that organizations could be seated as a group. Through the help of R.B. Russell’s catering program, we were able to provide table service as well, which made the dinner very special and allowed the volunteers to relax and enjoy themselves even more.
Overall, we honoured over 200 volunteers from 7 different non-profit groups, including our Parent Guide Group. We’re very exited to have been a part of this important event and look forward to participating again in the future.