Volunteer extraordinaire Lou Lambe was honoured over the weekend for his commitment and dedication to the community.
Lambe was awarded the ‘Crown of Winterfest’ on Friday to kick off Sackville’s annual Winterfest celebrations, an award that recognizes a local senior who goes above and beyond in serving the community. The award is presented by Mount Allison University’s student union.
Sean McGilley, vice-president external for the student union, said Lambe is a long-time resident of Sackville who “fully exhibits the qualities of great friendship, volunteerism and community involvement within Sackville.”
Nominated by friend and fellow volunteer Wallie Sears, as well as receiving a number of support letters for his nomination, Lambe was recognized for his volunteer work in a number of sectors over the years – including the Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels, agricultural field day, and the local schools. He has also provided transportation to friends, neighbours and acquaintances for hospitals and medical appointments. Lambe received Sackville’s Citizen of the Year award in 2009.
Sears said Lambe, or “Uncle Lou” as he is lovingly referred to by the students of Salem and Marshview schools, is a “man of many volunteer talents.”
He supervises various activities within the schools and often accompanies the students on field trips, providing guidance for the teachers as well.
Shelly Anderson, principal at Salem Elementary, said he has provided support to the fluoride program, teacher appreciation events, Grade 4 year-end luncheon, book fairs, and more.
“Not only is he a positive role model for the students but he is involved in many capacities,” stated Anderson in her support letter. “We are grateful to have in him, a volunteer you can count on in this way.”