From left to right: Peter McCrady, President of Festivals & Events PEI, Nancy Smith – Prince County recipient, Scott Stevens – Queens County recipient, Robert Rafuse – Kings County recipient, Jamie Caseley, General Manager Caseley’s Tent and Party Rentals.
May 3, 2017
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Festivals and Events PEI presented the Caseley’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards at the association’s Annual Meeting today in Charlottetown. In 2014, Festivals and Events PEI established a volunteer of the year award to recognize the contribution of a volunteer in the success of a festival or event. One volunteer will be chosen for each county from nominations put forth by festivals and events members.
“All festivals depend on a cadre of volunteers to make their event a success. Volunteers are the backbone which keeps costs down, and provides our visitors with information not only on the festival or event but things to see and do within the local area”, said Peter McCrady, President of Festivals and Events PEI. “These volunteers are one of the main reason Visitors stay the extra day and spend the extra dollar which at the end of the day makes the difference between an event that is struggling to survive and one that is increasing its revenue share each year. Festival & Events cannot survive without our volunteers so remember don’t take them for granted.”
“When the idea to sponsor these awards was presented to us, we felt it was an opportunity to give back to a group of people we do not get to associate with on a regular basis”, said Jamie Caseley, General Manager, Caseley’s Tent and Party Supplies. “As a rental company, we would normally attend an event in the beginning and ending stages, but it is the volunteers that are key to pulling off a successful event. A volunteer likely never asks for recognition but their desire to assist will always be shown.”
This year’s recipients of the Caseley’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards are:
Prince County – NANCY SMITH, Sunday Evening Variety Concerts and Grand Ruisseau Song Festival
Queens County – SCOTT STEVENS, PEI International Shellfish Festival
Kings County – ROBERT RAFUSE, Town of Souris Events
“In the past 7 years Bob has been available for all town of Souris Special Events activities. As our soundman, he picks up the system, sets it up at all functions and runs the system to ensure all individuals using the microphones sound as professional as possible. Bob also is the main runner for the Sea Glass Festival ensuring everything on the grounds are running smoothly, making instant decisions.” said Joeanne Roche, Town of Souris “Bob has been and continues to be a right arm for the coordinator of the town’s special events whether it is attended by 50 or 5000. Bob will set up chairs, set up tents, run for toilet paper, whatever the task is, nothing is too big or small. Jokingly I say Bob can’t retire until I do! Bob is not just a volunteer for one special event but sits on the board of all the town events, as well the board to Souris Live! Bob gives freely of his time and works hard at making everyone feel comfortable!”
“Scott is part of our transportation committee, he is a great ambassador not only for our event but also for Prince Edward Island. He drives our international chefs whom compete at our Garland International Chef Challenge competition; he is pleasant and shows what island hospitality is all-about!” Kelly Murphy, PEI International Shellfish Festival
“Nancy has been a volunteer for our co-operative’s Sunday Evening Variety Concerts, held in July and August 2016 at the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall. Every night, she was there to lend a helping hand, either at selling 50/50 tickets, working at the door or helping at the canteen” said Edmond Gallant, Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel. “She also helped tremendously during our 2016 Grand Ruisseau Song Festival held at the end of September. Nancy was born and raised in Cape Egmont. After having lived off-Island for a good number of years, she and her husband moved to Abram’s Village in 2011. Since then, she has been very active in our community. She has been a member of our co-operative’s Board of Directors for the past few years and has been a great asset to our organization. She has never assumed a role on our executive, preferring to work « in the background ». This is the type of work that she has done in other local organizations as well. She loves to serve her community; she also loves to visit and help seniors in need.”