Last night I joined a small group of Canadian Canoe Museum volunteers at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremony here in Peterborough. Pat Varty, Gloria Gibson, Arlene Ketchum, Don Duncan, and Nan Sidler were recognized for a combined total of over 35 years of volunteer service at the Museum! Thank you all for your strong commitment to volunteerism both here at the Museum and in our community at large.From left to right: Nan Sidler, Jeff Leal, Gloria Gibson, Pat Varty, Don Duncan. Absent: Arlene Ketchum.

Yesterday’s ceremony gathered over 200 local volunteers who each received special recognition for their work in the community. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal presented volunteers with a lapel pin as they were called to the stage. In total, 2,768 years of volunteer service in the Peterborough area were honoured. How amazing is that?! I came away from last night’s ceremony feeling inspired and truly proud of the spirit of volunteerism that we foster on a local level. I was also beaming with pride as our own volunteers were recognized!

We are so lucky to have a dynamic, skilled and dedicated volunteer team at The Canadian Canoe Museum. This is a place where volunteers bring loads of passion, vibrance and enthusiasm with them every time they walk through the doors. The positive impact they continue to have on this place is truly remarkable. We cannot thank them enough!

For more information about volunteering at The Canadian Canoe Museum contact Stacey Reynolds at 705.748.9153 x210, or send an email to [email protected]. You can also visit our website at for more information on the many ways you can get involved.