Wellings of Picton seeks nominations for third annual PEC Volunteer Awards

Giving back - Jean Algar, Don Roberts, Esther Prinzen, and Lisa Zachariah were the 2017 winners of the Wellings of Picton PEC Volunteer Recognition Awards. Nominations are now open in four categories for 2018. (Jason Parks/Gazette staff)

The Wellings of Picton is looking for some volunteers who have made an impact in the county.

The adult lifestyle community recently announced it will host its third annual PEC Volunteer Recognition Award Luncheon Wednesday, April 18.  Wellings general manager Rachel Henry says her business recognizes the impact people’s selfless giving can have on an ongoing basis.

“Daily, we see dozens of volunteers working tirelessly within our communities, and our residents have either spent countless hours of their lives in a volunteer role, or continue to do so. It’s not only part of the fabric of this industry, but the fabric of Canadian seniors as well — 42 per cent of the volunteer workforce is in the 55-plus category,” Henry said. “Prince Edward County is a shining example of that selfless commitment where thousands of volunteer hours are spent on countless worthy projects. We want to recognize and celebrate all volunteers during National Volunteer Week.”

To that end, the Wellings is asking members of the community to put forward the name of volunteers who have made a difference. Once again this year, Henry said there will be four categories.

  • There’s a Community Builder Award that recognizes an individual showing exemplary leadership in a volunteer capacity. John Mather and Jean Algar are past recipients.
  • The Caring County award goes to a local resident who continuously shows compassion and has inspired others to do so. Carlyn Moulton and Lisa Zachariah are past recipients.
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to someone who has tirelessly volunteered their time and made a significant, lasting impact.  and Don Roberts are past recipients.
  • Finally, an Exceptional Youth Award recognizes the contributions of an engaged citizen under the age of 21. After no award was handed out in 2016, Esther Prinzen won last year.

Last year’s winners Algar, Zachariah, and Roberts have volunteered their time to judge.

Continuing with tradition, the winner in each category will be awarded $1,000 to the charity or not-for-profit cause of his or her choice.  Printcraft, SK Bailey Marketing and Design, and the Gazette are sponsoring the event alongside the Wellings.

Nomination forms are available at the Wellings of Picton at 15 Wellings Drive and the Gazette office at 267 Main Street. They’re also available online at www.wellingsofpicton.com. The submission deadline is March 16.

Those interested in joining in the celebration April 18 can purchase luncheon tickets for $25 each by contacting Henry at 613-707-6552.