The winning volunteers are selected from the area served by the Chamber of Commerce and include the Placentia Area, the Cape Shore and St. Mary’s Bay North.
During the presentations, the first two certificates of recognition were presented to Genesis Employment Corporation (represented by Jane Canning) and the Placentia Phillies Squirt Softball Team (represented by Blake O’Keefe).
Senior Awards were presented to Violet Griffiths of Ship Harbour and Mary Dobbin of Admiral’s Beach. The Individual Award was won by Liz Roache of Freshwater. The Youth Award went to Blake O’Keefe of Southeast.
There was a tie for the Group/Business Award — Star Ladies Auxiliary (represented by president Nellie Moore) and to the Fox Harbour 50+ Club (represented by president Ann Griffiths).
The awards were presented at a Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner & Dance in the Star Hall. Master of ceremonies at the dinner was Chamber president Pam Constantine. Speakers included Mayor Wayne Power and Placentia-St. Mary's MHA Sherry Gambin-Walsh.
Three special guests from Ireland also attended the event — Dr. Maxine Keoghan and her daughter Tiger Lilly accompanied by Dr. Nora Duggan.
Dr. Keoghan gave some comments related to her research and on the value of empowering seniors. She also sang Irish songs with her daughter. Thirteen-year-old Tiger Lilly gave a demonstration of playing the bagpipes.
This event concluded the fifth-edition of the two-day Placentia Bay Age Friendly Fair. The fair had approximately 350 attendees, who learned about such subjects as health and wellness, estate planning, funeral planning, investment planning, legal advice, banking, sexual health, life termination, local businesses, government services, senior’s support agencies, police services and youth agencies.