RBC Smithvillle Branch is proudly displaying their community spirit.
Over the last few weeks they have encouraged both staff and clients to drop off food for the food bank.
They have also supported Community Care by giving others the opportunity to celebrate Christmas.
Through their dress down day they have been able to deliver Christmas gifts to 7 Angels and one family through West Lincoln Community Care's Christmas Program.
Pictures Front row left to right Kim Agnew, Carrie Van Stralen, Jessica Coutinho, Leona MacPhail Back row left to right Heather Mambella, Aleta Rose, Trevor Otterman, Rita Dreyer, R.J. McLaughlin.
Absent is Kristie Kuiper
In the attached photo we see 11 year old Jessica Radko pictured with her Grandmother Dorothy Brewer the following is her story.
My name is Jessica. I am 11 years old.
My Grandmother has been volunteering at the West Lincoln Food Bank for the past year and one half.
My Grandmother brought me into the food bank while she was babysitting me.
At Gainsborough school I was in Student Parliament.
We were having a dance for the year end and I needed to know where the money would go to.
I spoke up and told them the food bank lately we needed pancake mix, syrup, pudding, jello, juices and condiments.
The things I would use almost every day, though some families would not have.
I also explained my concern to my teacher who encouraged me to go on the announcements and encourage the students to bring in a financial donation.
Well it worked, we raised $100.30. We got a whole box of food and a bag full of the things that we needed.
Bernie Laidman presents a cheque to Garry Warden in the amount of $602.00
along with 250 lbs of food.
Bernie represents the Classic Car and Truck show and the Sport Compact Car and Truck Show recently held at Poultryfest.
BY JOANNE MCDONALD
Whether suited up as a honeybee to raise money for West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, or dressed in the ceremonial regalia that befits his office as Smithville’s Town Crier, Jim Green is the sweetheart of West Lincoln and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.
The town crier is leaving town and Tuesday, the community’s finest, his fellow volunteers at West Lincoln Community Care, gathered to wish him well.
Friends and colleagues were buzzing around the honey man – Smithville’s sweetest volunteer, honoured with his wife Charleen this week for their endless contributions to the community through West Lincoln Community Care.
“Jim and Charleen are stalwarts of this community,” Program Manager Garry Warden said of the couple’s more than 20 years as volunteers with the charitable organization that assists those in need.
“You can’t know how many homes you’ve changed and how many people you’ve encouraged because of your work,” Warden told the couple. “We appreciate you so much.”
Green, in his role as Town Crier, announced the official opening of West Lincoln Community Care in April 1984. This week he donned the costume once again for the informal gathering with his neighbours and friends.
His robust voice has been a staple at every major community event and his actions speak just as loud through all his civic activities from PoultryFest to the library committee.
Green is also infamous for his annual “honey money” hospital fundraiser. “Jim and Charleen have done so many wonderful things,” said Community Care board chair Janet Zantingh. Jim worked in the food bank and Charleen took on secretarial duties at the organization. “You’ve both been very faithful,” Zantingh said, telling the couple to enjoy their new lifestyle and spread their goodness over their new community.
The Greens are moving to Dundas and they will be greatly missed judging by the fond farewell. Charleen said the move will put them closer to their children living in the area and the condo, overlooking picturesque Dundas, will remind them of their rural roots in West Lincoln.
So too will the many return trips already on the agenda for community events. “You won’t keep Jim away, he’ll be back,” Charleen said, adding, "my doctor’s here too and I’d never get another doctor like Dr. Amanda Marrone".
Front row from left are: Community Care program manager Garry Warden; Pauline MacDougall; Community Care board chair, Janet Zantingh; Katie Vanderwier and Anita Duggan. Middle row: Cheryl Dell, Femmie Zwaagstra, Jim and Charleen Green, Jan Lungulescu and Jean Acton. Back row: Everett Lampman, Jason Allen, Irene Shrum, Margaret Merritt, Joan Fester, Carol Lowden, Millie Breddy, Kathleen Hall, and Gayle Mathé.