Husband and wife team Denny and Margot Brunt are the recipients of this year’s AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies) Service Recognition Volunteer Award.
This provincial award was established to recognize a volunteer(s) with demonstrated leadership skills and dedication to promoting diversity.
“This incredible couple has contributed over eight years throughout numerous programs, service and events to the Immigrant Welcome Centre and our clients,” a press release from the Immigrant Welcome Centre (IWC) says.
SAGE (Seniors, Aspiring, Gathering and Enabling) is a program they created in conjunction with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. SAGE has become a key driver to establishing community connections.
The program provides seniors with the opportunity to learn about technology and use technology to build community and social connections.
It was so successful in Campbell River that the Mayor of Port McNeill took interest in it and decided to introduce and teach the program in her community.
Not only has the Brunt team worked together at IWC but on their own as well.
Denny was a part of the IWC Board for five years, while Margot volunteers in various IWC groups, teaches citizenship classes and coordinates their participation in the Canada Day parade.
Through their hard work and dedication at MISA (Immigrant Welcome Centre), Margot and Denny have fostered and continue to lead in creating inclusive and collaborative communities, IWC says.
The support and participation of volunteers like Denny and Margot is important to the organization and they take great pride in all of their volunteers who dedicate their time serving their community.
“Without such great volunteers we have had over the years, we would not be able to succeed,” said Deborah Hall, Manager of Volunteers. The Immigrant Welcome Centre encourages people within our community to become a volunteer and value the hard work they provide. If you would like to become a volunteer with the Immigrant Welcome Centre, contact their office.
Campbell River office 250-830-0171 and Courtenay office 250-338-6359.