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It’s National Volunteer Week — who goes Above and Beyond?

Nominations for Qualicum Beach's Above and Beyond award close June 6 - Parksville also recognizing contributions from its volunteers

The City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach are celebrating their volunteers this week.

“Our community would be lost without them (volunteers),” said the city’s communications officer Debbie Tardiff.

Parksville city council proclaimed April 6 to 12 volunteer week last night at their regular council meeting. It is also National Volunteer Week

“Volunteers contribute significantly to the well-being of our community and without our dedicated volunteers it would be difficult for us to sustain many of the services we all enjoy and take for granted,” said Parksville mayor Chris Burger. “The city is pleased to be able to recognize, in some small way, their enormous contributions to Parksville.”

Tardiff said while the city doesn’t have any specific events planned for volunteer week, they have printed bookmarks recognizing the city’s volunteer contributions which are available at the library, city hall, Oceanside Place and the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.

In Qualicum Beach, town officials are recognizing volunteer week by putting the call out for nominations for the Above and Beyond award.

“Our volunteers are honestly the backbone of our community,” said Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek, adding the award celebrates the tremendous spirit, commitment and contributions of recipients.

Westbroek said the town is now accepting nominations for the award.

“Any person actively engaged for at least one year in volunteer activities that have benefited the community of Qualicum Beach is eligible for nomination,” he said. “It may be someone who has  demonstrated an extraordinary good character, leadership, selflessness and integrity.”

The deadline for nominations is June 6 at 4 p.m. For more information visit www.qualicumbeach.com.

For more local stories about

National Volunteer Week, please see Thursday’s edition of The NEWS.