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T he Spirit of Barriere It Takes a Whole Town to Raise a Community

Volunteers of the Week 2005-2008

From 2005 until present, the North Thompson Star/Journal in conjunction with The North Thompson Volunteer Center has ran a great program called “Volunteer of the Week”. It started as “Volunteer of the Month”, but with so many active volunteers in our community, this was quickly changed to “Volunteer of the Week”. In celebration of Spirit of BC, and British Columbia’s 150th Anniversary we have created this book, a compilation of those hard working volunteers who continue to give of themselves to help make our community a great place to live. We dedicate this book to the volunteers within, as well as the hundreds of North Thompson volunteers who have yet to be featured as Volunteer Of The Week. You are all truly the Spirit of Barriere.

Kevin Bryant

Why Volunteer? The hundreds of volunteers in Barriere are what make our community so special. It is only through the hard work of many individuals that we are able to have such a large number of non-profit groups here. This is truly a town ran by volunteers. Volunteers are people who want to make a difference in their community and in their own lives. Although there are no monetary benefits, volunteering can be extremely rewarding in a number of ways.

Volunteer of The Week

North Thompson Star Journal - February 2008

“Volunteers”-- There’s a Special Place in Heaven Many may be shocked to find When the day of judgment nears That there’s a special place in heaven set aside for VOLUNTEERS. Furnished with big recliners, Satin couches and footstools; When there’s no committee chairman, No group leaders or car pools. No eager team that needs a coach No bazaar and no bake sale; There will be nothing to staple, Not one thing to fold or mail. Telephone lists will be outlawed But a finger-snap will bring Cool drinks and gourmet dinners And rare treats fit for a king. You ask, who’ll serve these privileged few and work for all they’re worth? All those who reaped the benefits And not once volunteered on Earth. Author unknown

Volunteering can allow you to: * * * * * * *

Explore your career options – volunteering can give you insight into what work you would like to do after graduation or just as the next step in your life. Volunteering is a chance to improve your skills and learn new ones Discover your hidden talents and interests Get experience working in teams and with diverse groups Build your network and establish contacts in you field of interest Contribute to the community and help others by doing something you truly love to do. Volunteering is a chance to meet new friends and have fun. Life is always better when you feel you are contributing, when you have something extra to do, and when you are looking forward to something.

Things to think about when starting to volunteer * * * * * *

Why do you want to volunteer? Are there certain skills you want to build or experiences you want to have? What are your interests? What issues are important to you? Are there certain people you want to volunteer with or do you want to be on you own? How much time do you have to give? Where do you want to volunteer and are you able to travel there?



Day of fun marks opening ELLI KOHNERT

A ribbon-cutting, words from visiting dignitaries and much volunteer effort made for a successful official opening day for the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center (NTVIC) in downtown Barriere. Saturday, April 24, was a day dedicated volunteers had been working toward for five months; the new painted NTVIC house reflected the attention it has been given by many caring people, and the flower beds, and the white picket fence gave it a warm welcoming appearance. Long tables and benches were set up in the yard for participants to sit and enjoy coffee and hot dogs, and to listen to speakers’ words of appreciation and encouragement for the future. The house was compared to the “Phoenix out of the ashes”; last summers devastating fires had not only wrought destruction, it also brought out the best in many people. NTVIC is evidence of by what volunteers with a will and a dream can accomplish. “The community support has been wonderful and we hope that many of you will come and sign up as volunteers. We need folks who would like to help fill in at special events. An hour here and there — pretty soon we will have our community humming a new song; many hands doing a little and great things happen,” directors and staff say. Two of the area’s largest and oldest volunteer groups, The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and Emergency Social Services set up information booths on site for the day, hoping to attract more volunteers and offering information regarding their activities. Susan Garland and Margaret Olson shared the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the house’s official opening and celebrations carried on into the afternoon, with bands providing a musical backdrop for the day’s activities. “Our full time volunteers in the community need our help,” the gathering was told. “They are dedicated wonderful people and the best way to show them how much we appreciate them is to help when we can. The center hopes to set up a resource of folks so the help is there when these people need a helping hand,” center staff said. “From the dignitaries to the awesome bands that helped bring some fun to the event, we appreciate all of you for you participation — this from the staff of the center.” The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 — 1:30.

Ribbon-cutting honours to officially open the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Center (above) is shared by Susan Garland, left, and Margaret Olson, both of whom have been involved in its development from the beginning. At right, left to right, Garland visits with guests June Phillips, assistant to MLA Kevin Krueger; Betty Hinton, MP; and Mary Doonan of the Salvation Army. STAR/JOURNAL photos: Elli Kohnert


April 25 2005

Shirley Kristensen

April is Cancer Prevention Month and the Barriere & District Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society is proud to recognize Shirley Kristensen for her efforts. A past-president and cancer survivor herself, Shirley began canvassing for cancer 19 years ago and currently is one of two Emergency Aid Volunteers serving from Little Fort to Vinsulla. Shirley also divides her time volunteering for the North Thompson Fall Fair and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. She is a founding member for both the Yellowhead Artists’ Co-op and the Barriere & District Heritage Society.

Vera Kosiec

June 13 2005

Don Andrews

A volunteer holding many positions with the group, this married, father of two is also the umpire coordinator, concession cook and tournament director. Don will hold the position of Umpire in Chief for the Bantam Provincials held in Barriere this July. A resident of Barriere since he was 10 years old, Don now contributes to the community with many other volunteer organizations as well. He is vice president of the North Thompson Recreation Society, supply officer of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 2924, stage coordinator for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, and a volunteer fire fighter with the Barriere Fire Department. To round out his busy life, Don commutes to work full-time in Kamloops and also operates D & D Sound, a DJ service in his “spare time”.

May 30 2005

A dedicated worker, Vera was a member of our community for over 20 years. Heavily involved with seniors, she participated in the “Friendly Club” with the United Church. As a member of the Barriere Senior’s Society, she served on the Board as a Director for two terms, assisted in fundraising for the new building, ran the White Elephant table twice a year, as well as laddering over to the No Host Bazaar, plus calling Bingo for years. Qualified to deal at Casinos, Vera offered her time in this endeavor to assist in fund raising efforts, whether she belonged to an organization or not. A conveynor for years with the North Thompson Fall Fair, Vera ran Wine, Sewing, Vegetables and Canning sections. She was also involved with the Barriere Curling Club in the 80’s and over the years supported various bazaars, thrift shops and bake sales. Vera was a “Rebecca” Lodge member for over 50 years, as well as participating with hospital auxiliaries in any community she resided in.

88% of Canadians-about 21 million of us over the age of 15- make some financial or in-kind donation to charitable and nonprofit organizations.

Shirley Wittner

june 27 2005

Although officially she wears the title of “president”, Shirley is quick to clarify she works just as hard as any other member preserving our area’s rich heritage. The non-profit group operates the North Thompson Museum and feels this volunteer “works especially hard behind the scenes to make things happen”. Among the many hands-on responsibilities sustaining the museum, she also works closely and mentors the summer student hired each year, assisting with cataloguing archives, interviewing for local family histories, maintaining displays and yard work.

June 20 2005

Deb Ponto

Deb holds the volunteer position of Indoor/Outdoor Commercial Exhibit and Food Conveynor, coordinating booths for businesses and non-profit groups for the upcoming Bull-a-Rama and for the Fall Fair in September. Her passion is animals and aside from being the owner/operator of Deb’s Pet Grooming, she recently completed her Animal Science Diploma enabling her to offer volunteer services as an Emergency 1st Aid Attendant for animals in distress. She can assist pet owners in assessing whether a trip to the vet in Kamloops is necessary. Deb lends her time to the Humane Society in Barriere locating foster care and uniting lost and found pets with their owners.

Glenda Feller

July 11 2005

Jane Milburn

Volunteering with the Barriere and District Hospice Society Jane supports the seniors as well as those in poor health in our community. As the Volunteer Coordinator, she along with her fellow Hospice volunteers provide relief for regular caregivers when loved ones are ill, will go shopping, or just stop in for a visit. In the past, Jane has coloured outside the lines and organized rides to Kamloops for those in need of medical attention. Born and raised in Barriere, Jane has been actively involved as a leader with 4H for over 30 years, offered her time to the schools, including fund raisers, particularly with the high school sports program. She has convened for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo; currently Farm & Produce plus Winemaking sections. She canvasses for Heart and Stroke Foundation and also participates in Walk-A-Thons with the Hospice.

July 4 2005

The Parents Auxiliary Committee (PAC) for Barriere Elementary School and Annex would like to highlight the efforts of Glenda Feller. It’s due to her hard work that events like Ridge Fun Day, Fun Night, and McQueen Lake camping are successful. Along with offering many hours with the PAC, Glenda supports her children and husband by volunteering where their interests lie. She recently organized the “Dog Golf Tournament” fundraiser, benefiting a local charity and pitches in at the Curling Club as well as coaches minor ball. She also keeps the books for the Barriere & District T.V. Society and would like to acknowledge, “None of this would be possible without the support of my employer, Stamer Logging Ltd. It really does make a difference.”

Volunteers in Canada contribute 1.1 billion hours of their time yearlythe equivalent of 578,000 full-time jobs!

Margaret Olson

July18 2005

“My husband encourages me to keep busy. This stops me from organizing his life.” A resident of Barriere for nine years, Margaret became heavily involved when the wildfires hit the area, pitching in at the Salvation Army Depot. Encouraged by the Red Cross and Salvation Army she got together with a group of people and formed NTVIC, renovating the “little house” beside the IGA. Margaret’s history is extensive, “It’s in my genes, I’ve been volunteering ever since my Grandma used to take me along.” Through various churches, she has sat as Treasurer, Christian Educator, Christmas Musical Director, Resource Development Chairperson, trained Sunday School teachers and Youth Leaders, directed summer camps for kids, both able bodied and handicapped. While raising six children she sat on PAC’s and Booster clubs, supported Little League, Hockey and Band plus has been a Cub Scout and Brownie leader. She leaves the legacy of NTVIC for our community, an organization dedicated to empowering volunteers, as she and her husband prepare to move to Armstrong where they will inevitably seek new opportunities. “We have always pitched in wherever we’ve lived.”

er of The Week

July 25 2005

Aug 8 2005

Eileen Miers

A member of the Lady Lions plus Barriere and District Seniors Society she also finds the time to volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary Legion. As if her schedule isn’t busy enough she is a regular member of the Legion, acting as Liaison for both the Ladies Auxiliary and the Cadet Corp. Eileen is involved in many fundraising efforts for her various causes including hall rental, garage plus meat pie and bake sales.

Tammy McDonald

Aug 1 2005

The North Thompson Recreation Society would like to recognize Tammy McDonald as this week’s volunteer. A busy mother, who devotes time to the Elementary School PAC, Tammy is also an avid lover of the outdoors. Past director of the Barriere Outdoor Club, recently amalgamated with the Rec Society, this larger entity is now reaping the benefits of her dedication. Bringing experience from volunteering at Sun Peaks with guest services and the Alpine Club, Tammy is now Assistant Coordinator of the Ski League, a cross-country ski coach, helps with fund raising and promotions, plus enjoys a position as Events Coordinator, organizing Fun Days and special functions such as the Full Moon Howl.

According to the 2004 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 42% of Canadians aged 55 - 64 years volunteered, while 32% of those 65 years and over did some kind of volunteer work.

Barb Mills

An active citizen of Barriere for the past 13 years, Barb Mills moved from Clearwater and immediately became involved with the Barriere & District Seniors Society. Currently she sits in the position of president, serving her third two-year term. Barb’s motto, “help out wherever you can” and she does, supporting many of the programs offered by the society including, the annual Mother’s Day Tea, Monday night whist games and bi-monthly bingos. She also dons the hat, or apron, as the case may be, of “Kitchen Ranger” organizing menus and events the centre holds. An active member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary for 28 years, Barb now assists with baking for large events catered to by the group. Since its inception, Crime Stoppers in Barriere has also reaped the benefits of Barb’s active volunteer life as she lends her efforts to raise funds to pay for anonymous tips.

Joscelyn Shaw

Sept 12 2005

A resident of Barriere since 1996, Joscelyn is very active as a volunteer. A director of our Chamber of Commerce, she has the position of Plant Coordinator, for the “Businesses in Bloom” that decorate our town throughout the growing season. Joscelyn also sits as Vice President for Crime Stoppers, is a member of the Barriere Senior’s Society and a conveynor for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo. Spreading her time equally amongst her four legged friends, she is Den Mother to community mascot Barrie the Bear, Animal Rescue Coordinator for Emergency Social Services as well as fostering and rehabilitating animals as the need arises. A strong believer in furthering women’s education, Joscelyn also belongs to the Kamloops chapter of the Philanthropic Education Organization. “I volunteer whenever I find time,” Joscelyn says, and putting her money where her mouth is, she is also registered at the North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre to be called on whenever an extra hand is needed.

Aug 15 2005

Tim Hockey

Tim Hockey counts himself very fortunate to be in the position he’s in. “I work with all kinds of organizations, building community capacity through volunteerism.” Aside from his 9-5 job, Tim also fills an active role as a volunteer on his own time. Certified as a Tracker1 and in Auto Extraction he belongs to Barriere Search and Rescue. A founding member of the Lower North Thompson Community Forests, Tim also sits on the board for the Yellowhead Residence Pioneer Residence Society, North Thompson Rec Society and Chamber of Commerce. He was involved with the North Thompson Relief Fund and the Louis Creek Recovery Committee and in he past, has devoted time to coaching slow pitch and running a lunch-time floor hockey program with the elementary school.

Shelley Lampreau

Aug 22 2005

As youth coordinator for Simpcw First Nations, Shelley Lampreau’s primary goal is to really push the notion of giving back to your community. “If you take something away, you have an obligation to give back.” A founding member of Simpcw Health programs, belonging to the Neqweyqwelsten Elementary Management Team (similar to PAC), coaching softball, basketball and volleyball, currently sitting on the Board of Directors for NTVIC, a past member of Thompson Valley Players, scorekeeping for Barriere Minor Ball plus acting as MC at various community events shows Shelley leads by example.

1688 Le Bureau des Pauvres (Office of the Poor of Holy Family) founded in Quebec City. The first formal volunteer organization in ‘Canada.’

Aug 29 2005

Samuel Saul

The Simpcw First Nations band office is proud to recommend elder, Samuel Saul as this week’s volunteer. In support of the Annual Pow Wow, held each spring in Chu Chua, Sam travels to attend other events, recruiting traditional dancers to perform. A member of the Pow Wow Volunteer Committee means Sam lends his support to fundraising year round, devoting his efforts to successful monthly Bingos, Christmas craft sales, raffles and bannock sales. A resident of Chu Chua since 2000, Sam also sits on the Health Committee Board and found the time this year to work with youth, teaching them Lahal, the traditional stick or bone game.

Shawn Welz

Sept 5 2005

Born and raised in Barriere, Shawn is just wrapping up his two year term as President of the Barriere Lions Club and remains in the director’s position for both the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce and the North Thompson Recreation Society. A past member of the Barriere Snowmobile Club and a founding member of the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre proves Shawn’s talents and interests vary widely. Shawn claims volunteering “is never a waste of time” and it provides him the opportunity to “meet a good bunch of people”. His motto of “helping out any organization that needs assistance” has landed him positions doing everything from preparing ball fields to “Santa’s big helper”.

Sept 19 2005

Brad Green

A resident of McLure for the past thirty-one years, Brad Green has pitched in as a volunteer on many levels. A past member & director of the Barriere Snowmobile Club he promoted many events that brought revenue to Barriere through the winter months as well as organizing and supporting the annual Snow-a-rama fundraiser for the BC Lions Society for many years. Raising a family in the area, he currently assists local Cadets with fundraising and has coached basketball and softball for youth. Brad has been involved with the McLure Volunteer Fire Department for the past 15 years, occupying the Chief and Assistant Chief positions. As well, he is a very active member of Barriere Search & Rescue. Currently President, he is certified in Tracker I Level and Auto Extraction Level II as well as being a qualified Search Manager & Instructor.

Stan Long & Anneke Roos

Sept 26 2005

The Barriere Secondary Booster Club would like to gratefully acknowledge Stan Long & Anneke Roos as they (reluctantly) step down from their duties as President and Treasurer, respectively. “We are the ones who have benefited most from this experience. It’s been a lot of fun,” said Stan. Although the pair moved to BC when daughter, Jen was in grade five they didn’t get involved with the Booster Club until her last two years of high school. “We wish now that we had gotten involved years ago.” Job well done Stan & Anneke, your expertise and enthusiasm will be missed.

Oct 3 2005

United Church Women’s Group

Go-getters Betty Uppenborn, Betty Wolff, Bea Thalheimer, Margaret Strachan and Rita Neufeld pool their resources to run the United Church Thrift Store every Thursday. All are members of the United Church Women’s Group which is also credited for beginning the free lunch program that now operates in conjunction with the Anglican and Pentecostal churches. This small army of women also holds three flea markets each year all in support of various causes including outreach mission and services programs, aiding victims of fire and Sleeping Children Around the World. True to the nature of a volunteer, none were willing to stand alone, agreeing everyone pitches in to make it work.

Mike Ferguson

Oct 10 2005

Born in Edmonton and finally settling in Barriere after moving 34 times in his young life, 19 year old Mike Ferguson is recognized this week by the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD). After completing his high school education last year, Mike has set new goals for himself. Volunteering with the BVFD for the past year has helped cement a promise made to his Grandpa, “I will be a professional firefighter, just like you.” With aspirations to upgrade his scuba ticket and apply for the firefighter’s course as well as contemplating a year of higher education in the trades, Mike is also finding the time to join Barriere Search and Rescue. His eight years experience instructing with Cadet Corps in drill, map and compass, physical training and shooting make him a valuable asset. Mike is leading by example: “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Author Unknown.

More than one quarter (27%) of Canadians aged 15 and over volunteered for a charitable or nonprofit organization during 2000, according to the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP).

Nov 21 2005

Judy Davis

North Thompson Recreation Society would like to nominate Judy Davis for her tremendous contribution to the Barriere Outdoor Club. As Secretary for many years she has lent her capable and helping hands to many tasks the Outdoor Club and Recreation Society have taken on. From the No Host Bazaar, ski registration, battle of the bands, hikes, raffles, baking and organizing food for our events to the large and daunting task of coordinating and helping to build the warming hut. In addition to her dedication to our group she put in many hours distributing quilts and to the scarf campaign in 2003. Judy’s ability and willingness to get the job done no matter what the task, is much appreciated by the many great causes she is dedicated to. You never know where you may meet Judy from the schools, to the Fall Fair from Recreation events to Quilting but one thing is for certain, she always finds time. Along with her industrious spirit she brings her smile and sense of humor to share with our community.


Apr 18 2005

Bea Thalheimer

has been named 2005 Emergency Services Volunteer of the Year for British Columbia. Bea is a well-known resident of Barriere and can be found working as a volunteer for many of the community’s service organizations. She is currently active with Emergency Social Services, the Barriere United Church, and the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre.

Darleen & Grant Le Cerf Apr 11 2005

Amanda has been named Volunteer of The Month of April for the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre. She is a youth volunteer that has dedicated her time to the Volunteer and Information Centre serving in reception and with the Barriere Against Drugs Group. Amanda is also a firefighter with the Barriere and District Volunteer Fire Department and resides with her family in Barriere.

Small towns and rural areas have a higher rate of volunteering than big cities (37 per cent vs. 29 per cent, 1997 survey).

The 2005 Dry Grad committee would like to recognize Darleen and Grant Le Cerf for their time and effort making this year’s celebration a safe one. Involved in coordinating both this and last year’s dry grad, Le Cerf’s have also been involved with fund raisers for the event, including the fashion show, bazaars, bottle drives and a Valentine’s Day dance and supper. Other volunteer activities the couple have been actively involved with revolve around softball in Barriere. Grant and Darleen have coached Barriere youth, including their three children from T-Ball through to Bantam levels. Grant has also promoted and coordinated speedball; a paintball event between the RCMP and the youth in the community and during the winter months assists with snowmobile Search and Rescue efforts when called on.

June 6 2005

May 9 2005

Donna Kibble

Donna Kibble is currently president of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, being a contributing member of that group for 21 years. She is a Director of the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Barriere and District Tsunami Relief Society, is a Facilitator for the Neighbourhood Preparedness Program, is Secretary of the Foster Parents Association, is a member of the Board of Directors for the BC Fairs and Exhibitions Association, and is a member of Emergency Social Services. Donna says, “My volunteering takes a lot of time but most importantly I am a grandmother. I also have the most wonderful understanding husband in the world.”

Lynda Beddington

May 2 2005

A familiar face at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre. The North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre is proud to recognize the efforts of Lynda Beddington who pulls “double duty” as a volunteer. A familiar face at the reception desk of the volunteer centre, Lynda also finds time to devote to The Canadian Red Cross assisting clients with loaning out medical equipment.

1846: The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul established in Canada by Dr. Joseph Painchaud. (Established in France in 1833.) It is the oldest surviving volunteer organization in Canada.

May 16 2005

Beverly Murphy

The Thompson Valley Players (TVP) proudly announces their undying gratitude to Bev Murphy. “Been there, done that” best describes her volunteer history. A resident of Barriere for over 15 years, she was Barriere’s Citizen of the Year in 1999, the same year she co-founded TVP. Our community has reaped the benefits of this dedicated volunteer who found the time to devote to numerous causes, among them the Children’s Parade, Boy’s & Girl’s plus School Work Section and Pageant Committee for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, Barriere Food Bank, Crime Stoppers, Battle of the Bands, School PAC’s and music programs as well as serving as a Community Judge whenever called on. TVP wishes Bev “good luck” as she braces for a move away from our neck of the woods and looks forward to the day she returns to retire here.

Taylor Thengs

Feb 6 2006

Taylor is a grade seven student whose spirit and leadership will be sure to carry her into her adult years. When a community group needs assistance, she has always stepped forward to lend a hand. She has been an active member of the Youth Volunteer Program, assisting with the decorating of the town for the fall fair and the haunted house at the volunteer centre. Although busy with school and working at home for the family business, Taylor always makes time to help others. Currently she is child minding for the Public Health Prenatal program and through the schools Leadership Class she volunteered at the Seniors Centre here in Barriere. Her caring nature and eagerness to participate will surely add to our community in the years to come.

Mar 13 2006

Dustin Chantler

One of Barriere’s most promising youth volunteers, Dustin is always eager to dedicate his time. Currently he is acting as a youth representative and advocate on the BMX committee. In school sports, he is always a sportsmanlike player and recently received the MVP award for basketball. His familiar face at the volunteer centre is greatly appreciated as he has participated in leadership roles for a large number of activities. You may remember him best by the ‘skeleton under the stairs’ for the Halloween Festivities. Dustin also finds time to share his knowledge and his love of music by teaching people how to play the drums. Dustin believes that “What you put into life is what you get out” and “Strive to make a difference!” - words to live by.

Barriere Against Drugs

May 15 2006

Mary Ann Canaday

The North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre is proud to nominate Mary Ann Canaday for her proven dedication to our community. Mary Ann continues to contribute to the community through volunteering. Most recently she has taken on leadership roles with events such as Operation Clean Sweep, Drug Proof Your Kids, Jam Cam and Christmas Festivities. Volunteer’s like Mary Ann make our community a great place for everyone.

Mar 20 2006

Lisa Quiding would like to nominate those who attended the How to Drug Proof your Kids facilitator training on March 3rd and 4th. The eight members of B.A.D. who attended were; herself, Jean Davison, Michelle Young, Shelley Piva, Rick Jacques, Mary Ann Canaday, Angie Czynski, Caroline Duval and Elizabeth Weller. These active volunteers took time out of their busy schedules to attend the extensive training which took place at the Kamloops Indian band. How to Drug Proof Your Kids parent program will prove to be viable and rewarding to parents of children all ages and should greatly benefit all of our community. Facilitating for the parent programs will begin in the fall of 2006 and we are looking forward to offering this program to all who can attend.

Rose Stacey

June 19 2006

Nominated as volunteer of the week due to all of the work she has done for the past eight years with the Barriere Brain Injury Survivor Group. Rose is a survivor herself of a 1979 hit-and-run accident in Langley, BC. Rose spends numerous hours volunteering at the Pentecostal Christian Life Assembly Church in Barriere and works on many youth projects in the community. A writer of poems and stories Rose has a published booklet of her verse at the Barriere Library.

Canadian youth are involved in a broad variety of volunteer activities: campaigning; fundraising; organizing; teaching; coaching; preparing, serving, and delivering food; and working to protect the environment.

June 26 2006

Glen Stanley

Glen Stanley is nominated is volunteer of the week because of all his work and dedication with the Minor Ball Association. Glen is the driving force behind the many games and tournaments we have in Barriere including the Provincial Minor Ball tournament this up coming weekend. Glen has also taken on the position of Committee Chair of the Barriere Incorporation Committee.

Donna Richardson

July 3 2006

We are proud to announce the Volunteer of the Week is Donna Richardson. Donna is the treasurer of the Barriere Search & Rescue and also the treasurer of the High School Booster Club. Donna is involved with the Barriere Cadets as the Vice Chair. She spends many hours working with these groups and always does it with a smile.

Over 34% (7.5 million) of Canadians volunteer our time and skills to groups and organizations.

July 10 2006

Elli Kohnert

We are pleased to have Elli Kohnert as the Volunteer of the Week. Elli has worked tirelessly for many years assisting pets and pet owners in the Barriere area. Whenever a dog or cat or bird or some strange animal has been found or lost we all know to call Elli. She is unoffi cially connected with the SPCA and only turns to them when all her other avenues are exhausted. Elli has been known to have a house full of lost pets herself and has managed to fi nd foster homes or permanent homes for countless animals. Her favorite thing, of course, is to reunite a pet with its owner. Elli is also actively involved with the Yellowhead Environmental Association.

Jill Hayward

July 17 2006

We are pleased to have Jill Hayward as the Volunteer of the Week. Jill has been a driving force on the McLure Wildfire Monument Society. She has worked tirelessly with the group to make the monument a reality. Jill also is the Vice-Pesident of the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo and has made the fair a large part of her life. Jill also helps in other ways around the community and is involved with many organizations.

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

July 24 2006

Doreen Livingstone

We are proud to have Doreen Livingstone as our Volunteer of the Week. Doreen is truly an inspiration to others in the community with her many years of volunteering. Doreen has been and still is the Secretary for the Barriere & District Seniors Society for many years. She also is the Secretary and an active member in the Barriere & District Heritage Society & a member of the Heritage Book Committee. She is the Secretary for the Mt. Ollie Lions Club in Little Fort & has spent countless hrs/yrs of volunteering with the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo and is now a life member and a Life member of the Barriere Royal Canadian Legion Branch 242 Ladies Auxillary. She has also canvassed for the Cancer Society for 21 yrs. Doreen says she finds volunteering a very rewarding experience and encourages everyone to pitch in and help out in their community.

Hazel Lord

July 31 2006

We are proud to have Hazel Lord as our volunteer of the week. Hazel has been a member of the Barriere & District Heritage Society for decades and can always be found helping out at the Museum. Hazel does all the gardening on the grounds and is often there to open up and put on the coffee. Flea Markets, and the Heritage Society’s Plant sale are always something Hazel gets involved in, helping to set up and get everything ready, and staying to encourage and help prospective buyers. If that is not enough Hazel weeds the planter boxes around town, cleans garbage as she walks and shows up at her grandchildren’s fundraisers and pitches in there too. Hazel is often the friendly face that you see when you go visit the museum. Take a trip to the Museum and thank Hazel for helping to make the Museum a great place to visit and for being a dedicated volunteer.

Aug 7 2006

Dennis Farquharson

Dennis is a driving force in the 4-H Association. He is a leader with the Yellowhead 4-H club. He also organizes the Public Speaking Seminars and facilitates a regular workshop with a focus on judging for members from various clubs in the district. As well as being involved with the local 4-H club Dennis is the president of the Kamloops & District 4-H Senior Council and a representative on the board for the Provincial Winter Fair. Dennis is firmly committed to 4-H and his dedication has presented him with the opportunity to be involved with the Organizing Committee for the BC 4-H Leaders Conference to be held at Sun Peaks. Dennis is not only a dedicated volunteer he is also dedicated to his family and his community.

Carol Patton

Aug 14 2006

We are proud to have Carol Patton as our Volunteer of the Week. Carol manages to find time out of her busy schedule to volunteer in many areas in Barriere. She has been involved with the Barriere Food Bank for many years and she is the Treasurer of the Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce. Carol also spends many hours working as the Tabulator for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Queen Pageant. The most recent and challenging position for Carol is as the Director of Emergency Social Services in the Barriere Area. Carol is very involved with her family, friends and her business.

Women were somewhat more likely to volunteer than were men (28% of women vs. 25% of men), but male volunteers contributed more hours, on average, (170 hours vs. 155 hours for women). However, the contribution of men and women to total volunteer hours appeared to be equal. 2004 survey.

teer of The Week

Aug 21 2006

Calvin Hagen

We are pleased to have Calvin Hagen as our volunteer of the week. Calvin is well known in Barriere as he grew up here and he is proud to still be a part of this community. We are always pleased to have him helping out around the Volunteer Centre and lately he can be found working at the Fall Fair grounds. Calvin is always a willing helper with his friends and neighbors, cutting lawns and doing general handyman work. Calvin encourages everyone to volunteer, it looks great on a resume, it’s good exercise and helps out the community. Calvin is also an active member in the Brain Injury Group.

Sept 11 2006

Ashley Yeomans

We are pleased to have Ashley Yeomans as our volunteer of the week. Ashley is a dedicated member of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Dept. and currently is the Assistant Deputy Chief. She joined the Fire Dept at the age of 16 and has become a valuable asset to the team. Over the past 8 years she has continued to improve her skills by attending many training sessions throughout the province. Ashley is currently working on starting a program for Junior Firefighters in Barriere. While Ashley’s main focus has been the Fire Department she can be seen around town helping out in many areas including the Volunteer Centre. Ashley feels volunteering is an important way to give back to the community and is always willing to help out where she can.

Tammy Pitkeathly Wendy McDermott

Sept 4 2006

We are pleased to have Wendy McDermott as our volunteer of the week. Wendy has been nominated by the members of the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo for all her dedication to the fair. Wendy has put in endless hours of hard work making decorations, planting flowers, supervising and doing construction. She is always coming up with great ideas on how to make the Fall Fair a more inviting place. Wendy is the mastermind and the builder of all the sheep decorations we have around the grounds. As a director on the NTFF board Wendy is a great inspiration to the rest of the community members with her positive attitude and her busy schedule.

Canadians who were married or in commonlaw relationships were more likely to volunteer (28% ) than were those who had never married (26%), were divorced or separated (25%), or were widowed (17%). 2004 survey.

Sept 18 2006

We are pleased to have Tammy Pitkeathly as our volunteer of the week. Tammy takes an active interest in many groups, and has taken on the responsibility of sitting of boards of some of these. She is currently the President of the North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre, Secretary/Treasurer for the North Thompson Communities Foundation, Clerk for the Barriere Open Door Fellowship and a Director with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Barriere Heritage Society, and the Monument Society. When she isn’t busy she helps around the Volunteer Centre. Tammy recently won a trip to attend the Leadership Development Forum with the BC network of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative, in conjunction with Volunteer Vancouver Professional Development Workshop. She had wrote an essay to show how volunteering has helped her with her professional development. Tammy says Volunteering helps her to demonstrate her love of community

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~Author Unknown

Sept 25 2006

Leslie Stirling

We are pleased to have Leslie Stirling as our Volunteer of the Week. Leslie has been volunteering in Barriere forever. She started with Guides and Brownies but her busiest was when her children were in high school. Over the years she has volunteered in Minor Ball, Lady Lions, Curling Club, and of course the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Queen pageant. She also organized the Citizen of the Year Banquet for many years. Currently Leslie is the Secretary/ Treasurer for the Ladies Golf Club, Treasurer for Barriere and other United Churches and Secretary/ Treasurer for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo. Leslie feels volunteering is the exciting part of life and encourages people to get involved as you take more ownership in the community when you volunteer. Thank you Leslie.

Kathy Dunn

Oct 2 2006

We are pleased to have Kathy Dunn as our volunteer of the week. Kathy has lived in Barriere forever, she completed all her schooling here and now is raising her family in Barriere. Kathy can be seen around the elementary school helping with supervision but also volunteering in the school whenever it is needed. Over the years Kathy has volunteered as a coach for minor ball, and she was the treasurer for the Rec. Society. Currently she is the Treasurer for the North Thompson Volunteer Centre. Kathy believes that volunteering helps to keep the community together and makes things happen.

Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) Canadians aged 15 and over made at least one donation to a charitable or nonprofit organization in 2000, according to the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP).

Oct 9 2006

Red Hat Ladies

We are pleased to have the Red Hat Ladies as our Volunteers of the Week. The Red hat Society is a social organization who believe there is fun after fifty for women of all walks of life. Their main responsibility is to have fun. It is a chance to leave responsibility and obligations for a little while and enjoy themselves. The Red hat Ladies in Barriere can be seen at many community functions adding some color, having fun and thereby encouraging others to take a lighter side to life.. They have been to the Senior Centre to spend time with others at the Senior Day program and some of them came to the “Cool to be Kind” open house at the Volunteer Centre to add some fun and entertainment by leading us in some songs. Great Job Ladies. You make us smile.

Anne Cameron

Dec 4 2006

We are proud to have Anne Cameron as our volunteer of the week. Anne and her husband have only lived in Barriere for the past 6 months but she has already become a valuable member of the community. Anne regularly works at the Volunteer Centre doing everything from updating the calendar, computer work, answering phones and helping with Spirit of BC work. She also helps at the Elementary School with one on one reading and is the Story Lady on Fridays at story time at the library. Anne says that volunteering is a great way to meet people and learn what is happening in the community. Great Job Anne. Welcome to Barriere!

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” --Winston Churchill

Dec 25 2006

Gary Solberg

We are proud to have Gary Solberg as our Volunteer of the Week. In the past few weeks Gary has spent endless hours at the food bank preparing Christmas hampers to make sure that everyone has a festive holiday. Not only does Gary help with the distribution of food to those in need and with the annual Christmas food hampers he also is a major part of the running of the Food Bank and holds the position as Director. Gary has lived in Barriere for the past 10 ½ years and has volunteered at the Barriere Food Bank for the past 3 years. Gary is a true volunteer and works unselfishly by giving up his time when ever needed.

Pageant Committee

Jan 22 2007

Jack Lapin

We are proud to have Jack Lapin as our volunteer of the week. Jack has been a resident of Barriere for the past 45 years and has been a driving force in our town. He is a charter member of the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society and has been extremely active in the group for the past 15 years. He has been instrumental in the construction of the new addition of the residence. Jack has also been active in the Barriere Lions Club and is their only surviving Charter member. Most of us have enjoyed pancakes from the Lions trailer by Jack. Jack has been active in many other volunteer organizations and is always ready to help and lend a hand. Jack says “Volunteering is what makes a small town work.” Great Job Jack!

Aug 27 2006

We are pleased to have Amy Landriault, Carol Jefferies and Brenda Erhardt as our volunteers of the Week. These ladies have worked tirelessly to prepare the candidates for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Queen Pageant. While they worked preparing the girls for this year’s pageant they also continued to support the 2005 Queen and Princess with their functions. This group of women have spent many hours, fundraising, organizing, shopping, etc., but mainly they have taught the girls everything they need to be confident, intelligent, well mannered ambassadors of our community. They have travelled with the girls to other pageants around BC and have volunteered hundreds of hours of their time to ensure that our town would have a pageant of our own that we can be proud to have other communities attend. Their dedication to the pageant and their community is appreciated by everyone and we say a big Thank You.

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” --Henry David Thoreau

Thrift Shop Ladies

Jan 1 2007


We are pleased to have the Thrift Shop Ladies nominated nomina as our Volunteers of the Week. Volunte W These women spend countless hours sorting, repairing, washing and selling used clothes and much more in the countle sorting, United Church Thrift Shop. There are many helpers but the main workers are more in Rita Neufeld, Margaret Strachen, Betty Wolfe, Betty Uppenborn, and Lynette Wood (missing from photo). The Thrift Shop has been in operation for approx. 25 are Rita Margare years and is well supported by the community, as a place Betty W to purchase good used clothing. They feel very fortunate Uppenb that people are so generous with the clothing they drop from ph off and it is appreciated by the many people who use theThe thrift Without the many hours thatand is well s Thriftshop. Shop has been in operation for approx. 25 years the community, as a place to purchase good used clothing. They feel ve the United Church Women put into getting the that people are so generous with the clothing they drop off and it is ap the people many people clothing ready we wouldn’t have such an organized store. They also help in who use the thrift shop. Without the many hours that the United Church Women put into ge desperate situations such as house fifi res by providing them with bedding, clothing clothing ready we wouldn’t have such an organized store. They also he desperate situations etc. The excess clothing is given to the Big Brothers & Sisters for resale.such as house fires by providing them with beddin etc. The excess clothing is given to the Big Brothers & Sisters for Great Job Ladies, the community appreciates your hard work. Great Job Ladies, the community appreciates your hard work

Community Luncheon Committee We are pleased to have the Community Luncheon Committee as our volunteers of the week. This Committee shows what can be accomplished when various groups work together.

Volunteer of The Week

The Community Luncheon that is held at the Christian Life Assembly Church has been a wonderful success this past fall, thanks to all the volunteers who make this possible. With the combined efforts of the Christian Life Assembly, United Church, Anglican Church, Open Door Fellowship and community members it has been a delight to serve over 60 people each time. In December, with the generous donation from the Lions Club of Barriere, they served a complete turkey luncheon on December Jan 8 11th. They served approximately 135 people and sent 15 meals home to 2007 those unable to We attend. are pleased to have the Community The Community Luncheon Committee as our volunteers of Luncheon the week.isThis Committee shows what can regularly held be accomplished when various groups work the 3rd Monday together. of the Month.

Community Lunch Committee

The Community Luncheon that is held at the Christian Life Assembly Church has been a Great teamwork wonderful everyone. success this past fall, thanks to all the volunteers who make this possible. With the combined efforts of the Christian Life Assembly, United Church, Anglican Church, Open Door Fellowship and community members it has been a delight to serve over 60 people each time. In December, with the generous donation from the Lions Club of Barriere, they served a complete turkey luncheon on December 11th. They served approximately 135 people and sent 15 meals home to those unable to attend. The Community Luncheon is regularly held the 3rd Monday of the Month. Great teamwork everyone.

Darlene Hagen

MAr 26 2007

Susan Garland This week we are proud to have Susan Garland as our Volunteer of the Week. Susan is a full of energy type of volunteer that gets other motivated. She has been active in many organizations in Barriere and currently is involved in the McLure Wildfire Monument Society, Barriere Heritage and Museum Society, serves as a member of the NT Communities Foundation and she sits on the steering committee for the North Thompson Food Coalition, Susan is also active with the Barriere District Chamber of Commerce and was very involved in decorating and setting up for the recent Silent Auction. Susan always is full of enthusiasm, and positive energy.

Mar 5 2007

We are proud to have Darlene Hagen as our Volunteer of the Week. Darlene and her family have lived in Barriere for the past 45 years. Darlene was a employee at the Barriere Post Office for 20 years and still found time to volunteer at many community organizations. She has acted at Treasurer for the Legion #242, and worked with the Legion Ladies. Darlene was very active in the early stages of the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department when the Ladies Fire Department did all the fundraising for the purchase of equipment. Over the years Darlene has also been active in Brownies & Guides, Scouts & Cubs and with the PTA’s at the Schools. Darlene has volunteered for the past 17 years for the Pioneer residence. She has been President, Director and Treasurer. Darlene says volunteering is a great way to spend time. Great Job Darlene!

Alex Slavichak

Apr 9 2007

Barriere House has nominated Alex Slavichak as volunteer of the week. Alex is a very kind, helpful gentleman. He is always ready to assist in many ways with a smile on his face. Some examples are, opening doors at the Senior Center for our wheelchairs. Daily visits which enhances the lives of our seniors. He has great enthusiasm in sharing upcoming community events, offering to meet us there to open doors. Congratulations Alex!

“All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” --Anonymous

teer of The Week

Apr 23 2007

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Michelle Young

We are pleased to have Michelle Young as our volunteer of the week. Michelle was nominated by the community. Michelle can be seen at most events that involve the youth of our community. Michelle recently was a driving force behind the awesome Grad fashion show at BSS. She spends countless hours preparing for her position as youth coordinator of the NT Volunteer Centre and for the Nights Alive program at the high school.

Katja Hundt

May 14 2007

Bernice Randrup We are please to have Bernice Randrup as our volunteer of the Week. Bernice was instrumental in our Pitch In project that was held in Barriere April 28. She did a great job organizing the clean up project, obtaining pitch in information & bags, delivering them to schools, publicity, recruitment, and arranging the barbecue for the participants. Bernice has returned to Barriere after 30 years absence and encourages residents to be involved with their community. Thank you Beatrice for a job well done.

May 7 2007

We are pleased to have Katja Hundt nominated for our volunteer of the week. Katja is the stage manager and assistant director of the Thompson Valley Players. She has been invaluable during the past months in preparing for the current play that the group is producing. Katja is always the fi rst one there to get everything ready for the rest of the group; she opens up, puts on the coffee and is always ready to help in anyway including filling in and reading lines. Katja’s co-workers say she is phenomenal, the first to arrive the last one to leave. A true volunteer. Great Job Katja!

Canadian youth whose parent(s) had volunteered were more likely to volunteer (39% vs. 20%) of those whose parents had not volunteered

Barrie The Bear

May 28 2007

Barrie the Bear is a fine Barriere resident, who constantly gives wholeheartedly to our community, our events and organizations, such as the Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, Barriere Chamber of Commerce and Barriere Crimestoppers. Barrie fills some big shoes... err paws, as our town’s mascot. Barrie The Bear is a great example of the many community volunteers who continue to step forward.

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The Week

June 18 2007

Connie Falk McLure resident Connie Falk is our volunteer of the week for all her hard work on the North Thompson Trail system. Connie has spearheaded the idea from its inception and has been consistently involved with the mapping, clearing, and promotion of over 400 km of horseback and walking trails in the NT Valley. Connie most recently arranged a three day pack trip with the BC Back Country Horsemen and guided the trip with her husband Butch. Thanks Connie for making it possible for outsiders to enjoy our valley.

Eileen Miers

July 2 2007

Kelly Searle

We are proud to have Kelly Searle as our volunteer of the week. Kelly has lived in Barriere since 1972 and has been an active volunteer since she arrived. She has been a leader with Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies & 4-H. Kelly is also been involved with the Fall Fair for over 25 years and is still the goat convener. She also volunteers with ESS, and the Legion. Kelly’s most important volunteering is with her friends. She can always be counted on to drive a friend to medical appointments, work, or trips to town. Kelly’s friends are grateful for all the time and effort that she puts into their friendships. Kelly says that volunteering got her involved with the community, and she really enjoys it.

June 25 2007

We are happy to have Eileen Miers as our Volunteer of the Week. Eileen has lived in Barriere for 7 ½ years. She joined the Legion and the Lady Lions when she moved here, and does baking for their fund raisers, works at the sales, and helps disperse their bursaries. Eileen says she is glad to help when she’s called on for many other jobs as well. Eileen says she enjoys her volunteer jobs, as they don’t seem like work to her, and is happy to live in Barriere.

“Volunteer—not so you can build your resume, but so you can build yourself.”

Geordie & Manna Salle

July 9 2007

We are proud to have Manne & Geordie Salle as our volunteers of the week. Volunteers like Geordie and Manne make Barriere the wonderful community it is. They are dedicated to the community and show this by the huge amount of volunteering they do. They are charter members of the North Thompson Fall fair & Rodeo and are still very active in the fair. They have been involved with many organizations in town including the Curling Club, Pioneer residence and just too many to mention in this short space. Geordie & Manne are true role models and we are all very proud to have them in our town. Geordie says they love volunteering, it is a social event and it gives her a feeling of accomplishment.

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Robin Wilson

Ian Watt

July 16 2007

Aug 13 2007

We are pleased to have Robin Wilson as our Volunteer of the Week. Robin has been an active volunteer since he was very young. He can be seen at many community functions such as the Queen pageant operating the sound system and lighting. He has also been very active with the Thompson Valley Theatre group working the stage lighting and sound system. Robin has been involved with Emergency Social Services for 10 years and works with the Communications department. He also works with the Barriere & District Television society and keeps it running smoothly. Robin says he is his dad’s son and was taught to volunteer and to serve the community. Thanks Robin

We are pleased to have Ian Watt as our volunteer of the week. Ian has volunteered for as long as he can remember. It has always just been something he did. Ian’s most important volunteering has been around his neighbourhood. He can always be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Ian and his wife Connie have become active volunteers in the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo, and have done an awesome job as convenors of children’s activities. Volunteering is something Ian wants to inspire his children to do and feels it an important part of his life. Great Job Ian. Thanks.

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Pat Brown We are pleased to have Pat Brown as our volunteer of the week. Pat has been a resident of the area all her life, growing up and raising her family in McLure. She is a active member in the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 242 Ladies Auxiliary, sitting as the membership chairman for many years. Pat has also been very involved with the Lady Lions holding many offices over the years . and she is a founding member of the Barriere & District Diagnostic Centre Board. While raising her family Pat was active in the schools and has also been involved with many fundraising groups such as Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Fund Pat volunteers because it gives her a sense of satisfaction and it helps to keep her busy. Great job Pat, you are a great volunteer!

Ron Hindson Aug 20 2007

July 23 2007

We are happy to have Ron Hindson as our Volunteer of the Week. Ron has lived in Barriere for 38 years, and started volunteering with his wife many years ago. Ron is currently working as part of the executive of the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society. He also works with the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society. Years ago he worked with the minor ball association with his wife, they helped several others in the community to develop the ball parks, putting in the concessions etc., as needed. Ron says he does volunteer work for the satisfaction of doing something for the benefit of the community.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

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Dwane Loewen

Fall Fair Volunteers

July 30 2007

We are proud to have all the people who worked so hard to set up for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo as our Volunteers of the week.

We are pleased to have Dwane Loewen as our Volunteer of the Week. Dwane has lived in Barriere for most of his life and is a active member in his church Christian Life Assembly. Lately he has been working with the youth in the community by providing fun and interesting activities. He is active with the camps the church is having this summer and he is also responsible for the youth lunches that his church has provided.

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Dwane volunteers because “we need to serve everyone the same.”.

Inez Wadland We are pleased to have Inez Wadland as our Volunteer of the Week. Inez has lived in Barriere for 16 years and has been very active in our community. She has been the treasurer for the Barriere & District Heritage Society/Museum for the past 10 years. Inez is also active with the North Thompson Valley Players and has been their treasurer for the past 3 years. In her spare time Inez has been occasionally involved with the North Thompson Fall Fair Queen pageant and has been active with the Barriere Chamber of Commerce for several years. Inez volunteers because she wants to be helpful to others.

Great job Inez!

Sept 10 2007

Aug 6 2007

This huge job was accomplished over a one to two week period by dedicated volunteers. Many of the people working on the set up are not Fall Fair members but are friends and relatives of members and stepped up to get the grounds and buildings ready. It takes many hours of hard physical work to make sure that everything is in place for this event. After the fair the same people came out to work at tearing everything down and putting things in storage for the next year, These people are true volunteers. They work silently, efficiently and ask for no special recognition for all the many hours of work that they contribute - making the fair a success.

Volunteer of The Week

Kevin Bryant Sept 17 2007

We are pleased to have Kevin Bryant as our volunteer of the week. Kevin has only been in Barriere for a year but can be seen at many community functions. Kevin has been active with the North Thompson Fall Fair Pageant and Thompson Valley Players using his talent to produce videos (short clips) and doing the graphic design for their programs. He also has produced a video for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo. Kevin feels he has a community responsibility to share his skills and help where he can. Great job Kevin!

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Volunteers of The Week

Audrey Rilcoe

Barriere Volunteer Fire Department

Aug 27 2007

We are pleased to have Audrey Rilcoe as our volunteer of the week. Audrey has lived in Barriere for 43 years and has been an active community member for most of those years. She has been part of the Curling Club since it started 25 years ago and has been involved with Yellowhead Pioneer residence as a board member and secretary over the past 18 years. Audrey has been an active volunteer with Emergency Social Services for 12 years. She is also a dedicated volunteer with Barriere Hospice and likes to help by taking people to programs. Since she has retired from working at the elementary school Audrey still keeps involved with the children by volunteering for the one on one reading program. Audrey volunteers because she likes to help others that can’t do things themselves and she loves working with the children.

We are pleased to have the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department as our volunteers of the week. These men and women put in countless hours volunteering their time to protect our town. They are also involved with many community events and organizations. They put on our fireworks displays, teach fire prevention at the schools, assist with the toy run and are role models for many young people in our community, working together as a team to make our town a safe, caring Volunteer of The community. Thank you for your dedication.

Volunteer of The Week

Thanks Audrey for all you do.

She recently took over the job of planting and maintaining the Companion Garden at the Fall Fair grounds. Even though Renee was just able to start in June she has done a fantastic job. Her love for gardening has been an asset to be able to take on such a huge task. Renee says she loves working at the fair grounds, as she gets to visit with many interesting people as they come and go. Thanks Renee for a great job.


Lawrence Hooper

Renee Anderson/Roberts We are pleased to have Renee Anderson/Roberts as our volunteer of the week. Renee has lived in Barriere for the past 20 years, raising her family here.

Oct 8 2007

Sept 3 2007

We are pleased to have Lawrence Hooper as our volunteer of the week. Lawrence has been a resident of Barriere for the past 14 years and a valuable member of the Search & Rescue for the past 10 years. He has been a director, vice-president, a search manager and is the communication director specializing in GPS and commuters. Lawrence enjoys volunteering with the Search & Rescue even the paperwork and statistics work that sometimes is necessary. He also has been on teams called to other areas to help with search and rescue Lawrence says the biggest job is finding new recruits. Good job Lawrence!

Oct 29 2007

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Bodil Leamy We are pleased to have Bodil Leamy as our volunteer of the week. Bodil has lived in Barriere for about 2 years and can be seen working at our community garden, and helping with the gleaning project.

Sept 24 2007

Ken Popp

Dec 3 2007

Ken has also served close to 21 years as Trustee on the board of the Barriere Improvement District.

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We are pleased to have Karl Rainer as our Volunteer of the Week. Karl has been a member of the North Thompson Fall Fair since a child and is a driving force in making the fair a success. He spends countless hours before the fair working to set the fair up. There is always a construction project, fencing, repairs or a race track to work on and Karl is the one that everyone turns to for advice on the next project. Karl is also always ready to lend a hand to help and friends. Good job Karl!


We are proud to have Ken Popp as our volunteer of the week. Ken has lived in the Barriere area since 1963 and has been an active volunteer over the years. He has been a dedicated member of the Lions for 36 years holding positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer. Currently he sits on the board of the Advisory Planning Commission for TNRD. Ken was also a huge asset to his wife Doreen during the time she was convenor for the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Queen Pageant.

Bodil retired after 23 years of being a horticulturist at the UBC Botanical garden. She has always been interested in plants especially “seed collecting”. Bodil has also been a volunteer at the Barriere Museum, and is the director of landscaping for the wildfire monument. Bodil is always available to give advice on gardening and helps to inspire others to learn to garden. Thanks Bodil!

Karl Rainer


Ken volunteers because he likes to help in the Community. Thanks Ken for all you have done, and what you continue to do.

Oct 1 2007

Christmas Parade We are pleased to have all the participants, spectators and everyone involved in the Barriere Christmas parade as our volunteers of the week. Many hours of organizing the parade, building floats, and making costumes were spent to make the parade entertaining for the spectators. Whether you were walking or riding on the floats, (or a horse) we appreciate the time and effort you took. Thank you to the people who took the time to come and show their appreciation for all the hard work that groups had done on their parade entries. Fun was had by all.

Dec 17 2007

Volunteer of The Week

Constable Caroline Duval Constable Caroline Duval has been nominated as our volunteer of the week. Constable Duval has worked hard to provide our Barriere Elementary School and Neqweyqwelsten students with the D.A.R.E. program for the past several weeks. She has gone above and beyond the format of her job to present the program in a positive and interesting manner that encouraged and educated the children about drug awareness. She has also worked with the community to promote public awareness about drug issues.

of Thank you Volunteer Constable Duval for making the extraThe effort to help our children.

Carol Strom

Where would we be without volunteers Who quickly respond when a need appears? This is the way you have chosen to serve What appreciation you deserve! There are very many things to do And YOUR time can only be given by YOU! So without complaint and without demands You offer the labor of your hands. The world is a better place to live Week Volunteer of The Week When people like you are so willing to give.

Jan 28 2008

We are pleased to have Carol Strom as our volunteer of the week. Carol has lived in Barriere for the past 15 years and has been active in the community for all that time. Carol is the secretary of the Lapidary Club, secretary of the North Thompson Valley Garden Club, a Red Hat Lady and sits on the board of the North Thompson Volunteer Centre. She has been a driving force behind the North Thompson Valley Garden Club and has worked hard to make the Community Garden a reality. When she isn’t busy with her volunteer work Carol enjoys Tai Chi and is learning clog dancing. Carol volunteers because it is interesting to learn things and the people in Barriere are so friendly.


Jan 14 2008


With this attitude of love and of care You will find a welcome anywhere. You may not always know when someone Is especially blessed by a kindness you’ve done: As you freely share your hours and days, May you also be blessed in many ways.

1st Barriere Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. A registration fee is required. All children welcome. Contact: Kelly Searle 250-672-9683. Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon. Our goal is to help alcoholics and the spouses and families of alcoholics cope, and regain their lives. Regular events include Round-ups, gatherings of AA people in different communities. Phone 250-672-9643. Barriere & District Food Bank Society. The purpose of this organization is to support people needing assistance. Please help people in need. Contact: Helen Geyer 250-672-9876. Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce:. A non-profit society, promoting business in Barriere. Meets at Chamber of Commerce offices at 3 - 4353 Conner Road, 1st Tuesday of the month. Manages community mascot Barrie the Bear and the Visitor Information Booth. Call the Chamber office at 250-672-9221 for more information on membership benefits. Barriere and District Seniors Society. Seniors helping seniors. Meetings 3pm. 1st Thursday of the month at the Seniors Centre. Membership fee: $10/year. Events include carpet bowling, cards, Mother’s Day Tea, Fall Bazaar & Lunch and other activities. New members, 50 years of age and older, are always welcome. 250-672-0025. Barriere CrimeStoppers. Raises funds to offer rewards to those who provide tips leading to arrests and convictions relating to local crimes, and raises community awareness of crime prevention issues. For more info: Box 360, Barriere, BC, VOE 1EO. Contact 1-800-222-8477. Barriere Employment Services. We provide employment information. Our office is open to adults and youth looking for work. 4629 Barriere Town Road Contact: Phone: 250-672-0036 Fax: 250-672-2159. BARRIERE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Practice every Thursday at 7pm. New members welcome. 250-672-9711. Barriere Hospice. Our goal is to find hope by sharing in an atmosphere of trust, empathy, and confidentiality. Our care is coordinated with patients, family and health care professionals to provide support for those suffering from a loss, people who are terminally ill and their families. Donations are accepted. Contact: Jane Milburn: 250-672-9391. Barriere Lady Lions. A community service club helping the Lions support charitable groups and community causes. Meetings in members’ homes on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Contact Mariette DeJong: 250-672-5823. Barriere Lions Club. A community service group dedicated to supporting the needs of Barriere and causes associated with Lions International. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Barriere Lions Community Hall. Annual events include the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at fall fair, and firewood sales. Contact Barry Pick 250-672-5664.

Barriere Minor Ball. Keeps Barriere youth playing ball. General Meeting each February, at which time registration fees are set Youngsters play ball Mondays —Thursdays. Umpiring and coaching Clinics will be available. More people are needed to come out and help as well as support. Contact: Don Andrews 250-672-1812. Barriere Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 242 Assist war veterans. Facilities at Legion Hall on Barriere Town Road. Dues are required. Regular events include meat draws, 50/50 draw Saturdays at 3 p.m., darts Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Crib Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Frequent dances, annual seniors lunch, vets supper honors & awards Contact: 250-672-5913. Barriere Search & Rescue & Highway Rescue. Provides emergency rescue; meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Rescue Hall on Fouquet Road at 7pm. Contact: Alan Richardson 672-5899 or Lawrence Hooper 250-672-9698. Community Consultative Group to Barriere RCMP. This is an informal, appointed body drawn from all facets of the community. Meets monthly, provides sounding board between the detachment and its community. To raise issues, contact: Cpl. Mike Mucha or Barriere Detachment at 250-672-9918. High School Rodeo. Provides kids practice for rodeo competitions. Meetings at Barriere Secondary School with no set schedule. The kids compete in rodeos all over British Columbia. Donations and sponsors appreciated. Any kids interested in joining or just helping, contact: Brenda Wilson 250-677-4325. Little Fort Recreation Society. A registered non-profit society which administers the Little Fort Community Hall, funded in part by a local improvements levy. President: Barb Denton: 250-677-4367. Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department. A non-profit community organization. Contact Kam Jim 250-677-4372. North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association. Works toward the betterment of agriculture in the North Thompson Valley and organizes the annual Fall Fair and Rodeo. Meetings 3rd Wednesday every month at the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall. This Years Fair is Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 (Labour Day Weekend). Membership is $5 per year. New members always welcome. Contact Deb Ponto 250-672-0158. North Thompson Museum. - Barriere & District Heritage Society. 434 Lilley Road, Barriere (in the old Forestry Building) —open in July & August. The Barriere & District Heritage Society operates the museum which reflects the life of native people and pioneering settlers, with displays of photos & artifacts, including a general store and one-room school. Phone 250-672-5583 or visit North Thompson Recreational Society. Our goal is to enhance and promote recreational activities in the Barriere community. We are looking for more new members. Contact Barb Smith 250-672-9403.

Thompson Valley Players Society. Promoting performing arts in the North Thompson. In addition to producing an annual Mother’s Day production, the North Thompson Player’s society participates and performs in community events such as parades, Christmas parties and anywhere that a touch of the theatrical will be appreciated. Contact Kevin Bryant 6725142. Website: Yellowhead 4H Club. Promotes leadership, responsibility and good citizenship. Meets at 7:00 p.m. the 1st Thursday of the month at the Barriere Legion, downstairs.; participates in the North Thompson Fall Fair and Provincial Winter Fair each fall. Special events: district judging rally 1st Saturday in May, barbecues, fun events and learning experiences. Contact: Bernadine Peters 250-578-8557. VOLUNTEER CENTRE. Barriere Town Road. A information and drop in center for coordinators, volunteer groups and individuals. 250-672-0033.

2008 is already looking to be an exciting year for our community. Many great fun filled events are happening this year, that wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers. Here is a list of some of them: Barriere Battle Of The Bands March 15 Thompson Valley Players Mother’s Day Production May 8, 9 &10 Celebration Of The Arts May 31 & June 1 North Thompson Valley Homecoming Celebration June 28 & 29 Squirt Boys A, B & C Minor Ball Provincials Tournament July 4, 5, & 6 Barriere Firemen’s Ball 2008 July 26 & 27 McLure Wildfire Monument Society Dedication July 26 North Thompson Royalty Pageant Aug 22 & 23

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Because You’re Special We sometimes take for granted In the rush of all we do, And forget to say a special thanks To volunteers like you! So we made this book to tell you How much all you do means, Your gifts of time and of yourself Are special ones indeed.

Community Services

Special thanks to Barriere Service & Barriere Auto Parts, who sponsored the “Volunteer of the Week” program from 2005-2007 Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm • Sat 9am - 4pm

Cover printing donated by: Kathy Campbell Integrity Realty Unit 2-4377 Yellowhead Hwy. Barriere, B.C.


The Spirit of Barriere BC  

The spirit of Barrier is in it's volunteers

The Spirit of Barriere BC  

The spirit of Barrier is in it's volunteers