Jeffery Hale Community Partners thank tea-rrific volunteers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Richard Walling and Amy Bilodeau thanked the many volunteers who have helped Jeffery Hale Community Partners’ clients over the past year. He also introduced the Wellness Centre’s new mascot, Jeffery Care Bear, who will make appearances at future community events.

During Canada’s National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, many organizations take the opportunity to express their appreciation to the volunteers who have helped them during the past year. 
Jeffery Hale Community Partners were no exception. They threw a tea-rrific party at the Jeffery Hale Hospital to thank their tea-rrific volunteers who give so much of their time to their communi-tea. 
As you may have guessed by now, the theme of the par-tea was Tea! All the cocktail tables in the room were set with beau-tea-ful silver tea pots. A table was laden with a boun-tea-ful buffet, and an assortment of tas-tea beverages were available, including tea! Some 80 (eigh-tea) volunteers who helped out at various communi-tea events over the past year attended the happy hour event.  

Richard Walling, the executive director of Jeffery Hale Community Partners thanked the volunteers, saying, “Without you, we wouldn’t be able to bring families Christmas baskets at Christmas, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do in the Day Centre where we have approximately 120 seniors each week, or provide programs for young mothers, to name a few. You make  a difference in people’s lives, and ultimately that’s what we are all here about. You all contribute to a dynamic English-speaking community. Our clients know that they can get the help they need because of wonderful volunteers like you.” 

Walling introduced the new Jeffery Care Bear mascot. “Our slogan is a ‘Community of Care.’ The Wellness Centre brings together the forces of Jeffery Hale Community Partners with the Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Community Services team, along with Voice of English-speaking Quebec, and the Quebec High School Community Learning Centre, just to name a few. Over the next two years we will be pulling together more programs that will focus on health prevention and promotion and outreach to the English-speaking community.” Walling explained that the Jeffery Hale Pavilion is still undergoing renovations.

Work was done on the exterior of the building over the past year. The next step is renovations to the interior to provide more community space. “The final details are being put together at the moment by Jean-François Richard, the new program manager for Community Services in English of Jeffery-Hale–Saint Brigid’s, one of our key partners.”

Volunteer coordinator Amy Bilodeau then spoke, but first asked everyone to raise their glass in a toast whenever they heard her say the word “tea.” “I’d like to take the opportuni-tea to recognize the immense contribution of over two hundred and nine-tea volunteers to promote the vitali-tea of our communi-tea.

What a tea-m!” Bilodeau went on to list some of the many tasks taken on by the volunteers, and ended by saying, “Thank you for being the most tea-rrific volunteers.” 

A door prize, a lovely glass teapot, was awarded to Benjamin Walsh, who guessed the exact number of sugar cubes (216) in the teapot that he went home with!  
Volunteers were asked to guess how many sugar cubes were in the glass teapot. The winner, Benjamin Walsh, guessed the exact number (216) and went home with the teapot.  Photo by Shirley Nadeau