Volunteers recognized at Bread and Roses event

Dedicated volunteers were honoured at the 26th annual Bread and Roses Celebration on Wednesday. Volunteer of the Year was announced.

Dedicated volunteers were honoured at the 26th annual Bread and Roses Celebration on Wednesday. Grace Bryant (front

Dedicated volunteers were honoured at the 26th annual Bread and Roses Celebration on Wednesday. Grace Bryant (front

Ann Davis Transition Society (ADTS) celebrated their 26th annual Bread and Roses Celebration on April 13 at Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence.

The celebration honours local women who are dedicated to making our community a better place through volunteering. Local non-profit agencies were invited to nominate a volunteer to be celebrated at the event.

Ten women, representing eight agencies, were celebrated on Wednesday. They were each presented with a long-stemmed rose and a small loaf of bread, symbols of our common need for sustenance and beauty.

“They do really good work, and they expect nothing in return,” ADTS Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Hilliard explained.

The Bread and Roses Celebration is one small gesture to thank these women for their commitment, time and effort.

Grace Bryant was selected as Volunteer of the Year for her 14 years of dedicated volunteer service at the Chilliwack Salvation Army, making our community a better place for the less fortunate.

All honourees, friends and family were treated to live classical music, a lunch, door prizes and guest speakers.

Nominees:

Grace Bryant (Chilliwack Salvation Army) *Volunteer of the Year

Michele Godfrey (Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities)

Helene Long (Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors)

Sherry Taylor (Envision Financial)

Viviann Napp (Chilliwack Learning Society)

Casey Nali-Ratcliff (Ann Davis Transition Society)

Shirley Downie (Chilliwack Hospice Society)

Verna Harron (Chilliwack Hospice Society)

Vickie Robinson (Chillwack Hospice Society)

Lucy Hoogendoorn (Eden Care Centre)