SACKVILLE, N.B. – Six dedicated and longtime community volunteers were honoured Thursday evening for their devoted efforts in making Sackville a better place.
Audrey Hicks and the late Kathy Pooley were recipients of the Golden Long-Term Service Volunteer Award, while Cy Bernard and husband-and-wife team Gloria and Nelson Estabrooks were honoured with Long-Term Service Awards, and Kimberly Cadman was the winner of the Titan Community Achievement Award.
The awards were presented at the third annual Volunteer Recognition Night, hosted by the town of Sackville.
Audrey Hicks, who has dedicated more than 50 years of her life to volunteerism in Sackville, was honoured with a Golden Long-Term Service Volunteer Award during the ceremony on Thursday.
Hicks’ involvement in the community began from the first moment she arrived in town in 1962 from Freetown, PEI to pursue a career in nursing. She started that same year working with the Canadian Girls in Training program through the United Church. Since that time, she has been involved with countless volunteer organizations.
Her involvement with the Guiding movement, in particular, has been near and dear to her heart. For more than 30 years, Hicks has worked tirelessly at keeping Guiding strong in Sackville and has held many positions with the local district, including commissioner and guider. For her exceptional service to guiding, Hicks is a recipient of The Beaver award at the provincial guiding level and was recently granted an Honorary Life Membership.
Hicks is also a member of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, having held many positions over the years including president, vice-president and secretary. Hicks takes great pride in her work with the auxiliary and is a tremendous resource after having been a nurse for 40-plus years.
Also involved in the Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Hicks has worked with others in spearheading a grief and bereavement support group, which provides training and support for those who have experienced loss.
Hicks also served as president of the Sackville Swim Club, as well as an official and a board member at the Swim New Brunswick level. She has also been a member of the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON) advisory board and a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Hicks is a past recipient of the Sackville Citizen of the Year in 2000, the Caring Canadian Award in 2008 and the Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in 2015.
Kathy Pooley, who died unexpectedly last May, was honoured with her award posthumously, with her husband Alan Pooley accepting the honour on her behalf.
Pooley had an impact on many residents in the community in various ways, both publicly and privately. Some of Pooley’s most important services to the community were the quiet ones no one ever saw, caring for people by simply keeping lists of individuals who needed a phone call on a particular day or noticing people who needed a meal or a drive to an appointment.
Pooley walked with many community members through their cancer journeys and gave much of her own time to make sure their needs were met and to ensure they knew that someone cared.
In her church, Pooley was the Sunday school superintendent for as long as most people can remember, caring for hundreds of children and Sunday school teachers over the years. She helped found a group called Heart in Hands that has knitted over 300 shawls and given them to community members who have suffered loss or hardship.
Pooley was also involved with the church’s Awana program for children that would come out for fun and Bible learning on Wednesday evenings. She sang in the Christmas and Easter choirs, played the piano when needed, worked with the ladies’ ministry group, served on various church committees over the years, and planned many Christmas concerts and children’s events.
Pooley was also passionate about the Sackville Food Bank and spearheaded a campaign in her church every January, rallying members with fun announcements and eye-catching displays to bring in their food donations. Then she would have the Sunday school kids help load the food and stock the food bank shelves to teach them the importance of community service.
Each year, Pooley also organized Kathy’s Krew, a team of individuals who would raise money for the Relay for Life and the Terry Fox Run. Over the years, her crew raised over $100,000 for cancer research.
She was involved with the Linus Project, a group of community ladies who knit blankets for emergency crews to carry in their vehicles to help comfort children found in accidents or fires.
She served on the board of Sackville Memorial Hospital and was an active member of the Curling Club. When her children were younger, she served on the boards of the Sackville Music Festival and Playschool program. Her support of the Scouting program in the town was also extensive.
Cy Bernard, who has been heavily involved in promoting cycling, hiking and cross-country skiing in the Sackville area for more than four decades, was honoured with a Long-Term Service Award at Thursday’s ceremony.
Bernard has played a key role with the Tantramar Senior’s College, where he has led running sessions on cycling, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
He has, for decades, spent dozens of hours annually helping build and maintain cross-country ski, snowshoe and hiking trails off Walker Road in Sackville. Bernard spearheaded the construction of two warming huts and a groomer shed on the Crooked Tree Trail System; which further encourages and supports all-season use of these “free-to-all” trails.
At its inception 30 years ago, Bernard was a key organizer of the Trans Canada Trails Committee. His dedication played a big part in transforming the old PEI rail bed into the recreational trail it is today.
For nearly 20 years, Bernard was also a key volunteer in organizing the Sackville Triathlon. And last year he organized the 150 Bike Ride, a one-day 150 bike ride, to celebrate 150 years of confederation.
Bernard is also a great neighbour and is always willing to help his neighbours with the maintenance of their properties and anything else that may be asked of him.
Gloria and Nelson Estabrooks
Gloria and Nelson Estabrooks, who have volunteered in various capacities in Sackville over the past 25 to 30 years, were recipients of the Long-Term Service Award.
For more than 25 years, the Estabrooks’ have volunteered their time as members of the Tantramar CB Club through a number of events in Sackville, including surveillance on Halloween, as well as traffic control during Fall Fair and Midnight Madness.
During the town’s annual Terry Fox Run, Gloria and Nelson have always been avid supporters and did their best to make sure all the participants had plenty of water during their run.
The pair also volunteered their time to make sure nurses could get to work during particularly bad snowstorms, and always did their best to help people stranded on the marsh during those same storms. They also volunteered to take a young boy to the hospital for treatments during times when there was no power.
The Estabrooks’ have been dedicated volunteers, often in the background, but in doing so they have helped better the lives of many residents of Sackville.
Kimberly Cadman, an exceptional example of a student leader, earned this year’s Titan Community Achievement Award.
Cadman has been involved in student leadership activities since her junior year at Tantramar Regional High School – including being a member of the student council, Free the Children, the Youth in Action Program, a musical stage hand, grad council volunteer, grad council member, Cultures of Tantramar, prom committee and the annual Dragon Boat fundraiser. Cadman was also a member of the TRHS ladies hockey team, badminton team and ladies’ varsity soccer team.
Cadman is one of the student leaders responsible for organizing the Greater Moncton Dragon Boat races. TRHS regularly has over 150 students and staff involved in this fundraiser which raises money for the Greater Moncton Lions Sick Children Fund and other charitable organizations. She has been involved with this fundraiser since Grade 9; she is responsible for planning fundraisers, contacting companies for donations, organizing team meetings and working with the teacher advisor in planning and paperwork.
Cadman has also been employed with the town as a summer programmer after taking part in the counsellor-in-training program, a voluntary program where young resident of Sackville gain valuable experience they can use when applying for future employment opportunities in the recreation industry.
Even with all of these extra-curriculars and commitment toward volunteerism, Cadman continues to maintain a very high academic standing at school.