Is saying ‘thank you’ enough?

Monday, July 18, 2016

If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times – Leduc’s number one asset is its residents. And why is that? It’s because we’re extremely fortunate to be a community of people who care about their neighbours, who want to serve their community, and who know the value of being connected.

We’ve just wrapped up one of the largest sporting events in our history and I couldn’t be more proud. As the host city for the 2016 Alberta Summer Games, we were able to showcase what the Leduc region has to offer to more than 3,000 athletes, their families and supporters. It was an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn why this region is so great; and it’s because of our people.

Volunteerism in Leduc is a culture; a way of life that is fostered throughout every generation as we’re a community that celebrates the contributions of all citizens, at any age, ability level, and value the expertise they bring to help make the Leduc region such a success.

Now, as we all come down from this high of hosting such a great event, it’s important to note that our volunteers didn’t just come out of the woodwork for the Alberta Summer Games – they’ve been here all along. Throughout the year, you will see people stepping up to the plate, doing what they can to help their community, whether it’s for the food bank, victim services, boys and girls club or just lending a helping hand to a neighbour.

In Leduc, there are dozens of not-for-profit organizations that depend daily on Leduc’s skilled volunteers. So it begs the question – is saying ‘thank you’ enough to show our appreciation to this region’s volunteers? Each year we host the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet as our way of thanking volunteers, yet do these groups truly know how much they are valued?

This is where you and I come into the picture. I believe that if we all take the time to say ‘thank you’ and show our genuine appreciation on a regular basis, that our volunteers will feel valued.

So I challenge everyone, to take a moment and thank a friend, neighbour or individual who has helped you or someone you know. Every little bit counts, and every kind word can mean the world to a volunteer. Let’s show our support, Leduc, and send the message that we value everyone’s positive contributions into making our community, and the Leduc region, the success that it is.

As always, you can reach me by phone at 780-980-7100, email mayor@leduc.caand on social media (Twitter @gkrischke and Facebook.com/mayor.krischke).

Cheers!

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