Show your love with Hearts of the Community nod

Nominate a volunteer from the Peninsula for an award

Hearts of the Community awards honour outstanding volunteers

Do you know someone who is always ready to lend a hand when help is needed? Perhaps they take a senior to appointments, volunteer to teach children to read, or dedicate their talents to protecting the environment or brightening the community through a special project.

Whatever it is they do, Hearts sponsors Peninsula News Review and Beacon Community Services want  to show local volunteers how much their work is appreciated at a special awards ceremony which will be held in their honour on Feb. 16.

The Jan. 30 nominations deadline for the 14th annual Hearts of the Community Volunteer Awards is fast approaching.

“If you know somebody who is contributing to our community, we really want to hear from you before Jan. 30,” said Bob Cronin, chair of Beacon Community Services volunteer board of directors. “There are so many volunteers, of all ages, doing wonderful things in our community all year long; now it’s time to step up and thank them for their work. Nominating them for a Hearts award is a fabulous way to do that.”

All nominees will be honoured at the awards ceremony, which is free and open to members of the public and includes live entertainment by Stelly’s secondary students, award presentations, and a free luncheon.

There are six award categories: outstanding youth volunteer; service to seniors; service to children and families; overall service to the community; community service/project by a group, and the lifetime service award. The winner of the outstanding youth volunteer award (age 14 to 19 years) will receive the $1,000 Ardena Simpson Hearts of the Community Scholarship.

Nomination forms are online at www.beaconcs.ca. Nomination forms and free tickets to the awards ceremony and luncheon are also available at the Peninsula News Review office at 6-9843 Second St., Beacon’s Brentwood Bay and Sidney thrift shops, the Shoal Activity Centre, and Beacon Community Services office on Third Street in Sidney. For more information, call 250-656-0134.