Captain's Log #2: The Magic of Volunteers

 Lunch was filled with fun and laughter!

Lunch was filled with fun and laughter!

Since my first post, the one thing I have learned to appreciate the most is the work of volunteers. Volunteers make up the core of what it means to be a community museum. There would be no museum without the work of our community.

On Friday, June 9th, we welcomed 10 volunteers during the United Way's Day of Caring! This an incredible event that happens each year. It provides non-profit organizations, like ours, with man hours, materials, and positive energy to complete projects we would struggle to do otherwise.

This year, our volunteers came from the Corporate and Consumer Products divisions of JD Irving Ltd., based out of Dieppe, NB. The came with paint, brushes, rollers, and so much energy! Despite torrential rain at some points in the day, the crew stained two floors in our Exhibition Hall, painted the floor in the Community Hall, cleaned out one of our Memorial Gardens, AND restored some of our artefacts in Exhibition Hall!

 Completed floors in Community Hall

Completed floors in Community Hall

One of the great things about volunteering, however, isn't just the projects completed (though those are wonderful!). The best thing, in my opinion, is the fun and enjoyment you get when working together as a team. We were able to share stories, ideas, great food, and I even threw in an Albert County Ghost Story or two!

Thank you to the whole team from J.D. Irving Ltd. and to the United Way for arranging this outstanding event! We appreciate you and hope to have you back with us again next year!