Over The Back Fence

Over The Back Fence

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… It’s doubtful whether Boyd MacLaren could recall his first act of volunteering.  Although he does know he started out in a small way when he was a teenager, and his role as a volunteer just grew. As a youngster he was involved in all the rural activities, such as 4H, Junior Farmers and
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Over The Back Fence

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

 Volunteer Profile… Wendy LeBlanc is doing just what her mother told her to do when she was growing up in Carleton Place  –  give back to your community!  And certainly LeBlanc has done just that.  She served two terms as a town councillor, and a term as Mayor, and has devoted hundreds of hours to
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Over The Back Fence

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… Twenty-two years ago, Don Hoskins attended a church service at Bethel Pentecostal church, and never looked back.  He began by teaching Sunday school, which morphed into Wednesdays as well.  Hoskins, keenly interested in the seniors of the church, became one of the main planners for senior activities. He then became the treasurer of
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Over The Back Fence

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… Josephine Stoddard  Some people are naturally drawn to volunteering.   It was a role that came easily to Josephine Stoddard, especially when her mother was admitted to a nursing home, and Stoddard became involved in her care there.  After her mother’s passing, Stoddard graduated to taking a leading role in the many volunteer
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Over The Back Fence

May 12th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… Spending thirty-five years as a dedicated volunteer at Lanark Lodge in Perth isn’t, in Betty Cosgrove’s eyes,  that big a deal.  “Its what I do,” she says casually, as if spending more than three decades doing what she loves isn’t out of the ordinary.  And for Cosgrove it isn’t. She began her long
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Over The Back Fence

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… When the town of Carleton Place honoured  Joan and Bob Bennett by naming them citizens of the year in 2016, there were lots of reasons to justify the choice.  The couple have dedicated their lives to helping others, and as active members of the Carleton Place branch of the Civitan Club, where Joan
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Over The Back Fence

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… Linda Flynn is volunteerism personified; she puts a life’s worth of skills, energy and caring into her volunteer commitments. She began her volunteer career with the 72nd St Mark’s Scout Group in 1987 as a Venturer advisor. She continued to serve Scouts, including serving as secretary, and was awarded the Medal of Good
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Over The Back Fence

Jan 19th, 2017 | By

  Volunteer Profile… One day, when Ellen Dean and her husband were touring the Valley from their home in Orleans, they drove through Perth. They thought it would be a nice place to live, and so they pulled up stakes, and Perth became their home. And the town is richer for their move. Ellen became
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Over The Back Fence

Dec 9th, 2016 | By

Volunteer Profile… Volunteering is serious business for Paul Morisset, who not only devotes many hours to the Ottawa Hospital, but pours his heart and soul into the role.  Based at the Civic Campus, on what is known as the “B5” floor, he helps the nurses wherever needed, but his compassion for the patients could see
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Over The Back Fence

Nov 10th, 2016 | By

  Volunteer Profile… Diane Baldock has become a fixture at Extendicare Medex as a valuable volunteer. And, after eleven years at the nursing home, her love of the residents has never waned. When she retired from the Civil Service she wanted to volunteer, with her focus on seniors. “I grew up with seniors all around
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