Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for


Fundy Royal

Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for


Fundy Royal

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Speech: Volunteerism

Delivered to the recipients of the 26th Annual Town of Sussex Volunteer Awards.

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“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

Those are Muhammad Ali’s words.  But they could just as well serve as a motto for tonight’s recipients of the 26th annual Town of Sussex volunteer appreciation nominees.

You have paid your rent

And in doing so, you have improved the lives of those around you.

This is National Volunteer Week.  What better way to mark the occasion than by shining a light on the generosity of our most dedicated volunteers?

For some of you, the spotlight may be uncomfortable.  You don’t volunteer in order to be the centre of attention.  You work behind the scenes, flying under the radar.

But your actions inspire.  You motivate others to give.

That’s one reason why you’re here tonight.

The other is to say thank you!

I was honored to attend a small ceremony this week honoring Rebecca Schofield, most of you know her from her tremendous campaign #BeccaToldMeTo

It is difficult to find the words to describe the incredible sprit of Becca, her efforts to create a movement of kindness has reached around the world and proven that any of us can impact the lives of so many by just being kind.

Becca drew her inspiration from another great Canadian hero, Terry Fox.

Many others will draw their inspiration from you here tonight.

You are on the front lines, you represent our values and the kind of country we want to live in and that we want our children and grandchildren to live in.

Thank you for your extraordinary contributions to your community.