Volunteering helps build a better world

Dec. 5, 2004 has been designated International Volunteer Day, when volunteers around the world are recognized and celebrated for their dedication.
This year, Volunteer Canada is focusing on ordinary people who make extraordinary contributions. Individuals who inspire other people to take time and join in helping to build community spirit.
Fort Frances and the surrounding area is fortunate to have many people who show that outstanding dedication and make others in our community proud to be living here.
One such volunteer is Joyce Gosselin. She has been helping organizations for many years and you always can count on her to lend a helping hand.
She is the Ontario Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year and in 2005 she is off to Japan to compete as part of Team Canada.
She also was just named Fort Frances Citizen of the Year for 2004.
We all admire Joyce for the tireless effort she puts into everything she does.
When an entire family comes together to help their community, you realize you are witnessing the next generation of volunteers.
Ray and Shirley Dolph have instilled values onto their son, Lyle, to carry on with pride and help in any way.
This family does indeed work together to help others and organizations who need people like the Dolph family to reach out into the community.
Volunteer Canada and the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau wish to extend our thanks to all volunteers who unselfishly improve the lives of those they touch. Volunteers around the world truly are the heart of their communities.
Editor’s note: Karen Haney is the co-ordinator of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.