Today I had the opportunity to participate in the 9th annual Coal Country Run, and although I'm a bit embarrassed to say it was my first time, I am not embarrased to say how proud I am today of the community of Estevan. The organizers of the Coal Country Run had a record turn out today, were very well organized and thoughtful - the peanut butter and banana wraps were particularly wonderful.
So, as I was driving home from the event I thought of all of the activities going on in our community today and how proud I am to be involved in some of the organizations that make our city a great place to live. I work with the great volunteers and dedicated (and absurdly underpaid) professional theatre people at Souris Valley Theatre. My co-worker Gale Tytlandsvik and I sit on the Leisure Services Advisory Board. Gale also PLANTS THE WHOLE DOWNTOWN GARDEN and carefully nurtures that space over the summer. She is currently working on a garden tour to help offset the costs of the downtown park (as it is not on City property, it does not receive funding) and she funds it herself with some help from the Girl Guides. Dwight Thompson is active with the Bienfait Lions and their dinner theatre. Terry Germain volunteers as a "stripper" (the hockey type I might add, before you get any ideas), Winnona Johner is down at the Humane Society, Ronisue Coulter is currently president of Quota Club (think Women of Today Awards), and Melony Dew helps those with disabilities. Shane Ross coaches the senior basketball team at the high school and recently joined the Board of Directors with the Estevan Chamber of Commerce. Later this week, a few of us will travel to Watrous, SK to assist with cleanup at Camp Easter Seals - Century 21's charity of choice.
Today, big kudos go out to our fellow REALTORS in Estevan who are holding a garage sale to raise funds for Envision Counselling (Royal Lepage) and Savour the Southeast (Coldwell Banker) that will raise a ton of money for the Sask Summer Games. Earlier this month I saw a couple gals from REMAX volunteering at the Western Canada Cup. Both REMAX and ourselves deliver Meals on Wheels at least one week/year.
Nearly EVERYONE in our industry gives back to our community in one way or another. We are proud to work in Estevan and feel blessed, despite a different economy, to live in a community that is so very vibrant and giving. Now I can't wait for the Saskatchewan Summer Games - my part as a volunteer will be small, but our combined volunteer efforts will make this an event to remember.
Estevan is indeed a city of volunteers and for that we can all be very proud.