Park House volunteers among those recognized at Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Roughly 170 volunteers from Windsor-Essex County were recognized by the Ontario government with Volunteer Service Awards Friday night.

Among the award recipients were Chelsea Meloche and Mark Rosati, both of whom volunteer at the Park House Museum. Meloche was awarded for her five years of service while Rosati received a youth award.

Meloche said she was excited and honoured to be recognized while Rosati expressed similar emotions.

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing something you do to help out and be involved in the community,” he said.

Meloche started volunteering because her brothers were also working at the Park House and she stuck with it when she discovered the volunteer work to be interesting.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award recipients included two members of the Park House Museum. Mark Rosati (left) received a youth award while Chelsea Meloche was awarded for five years of volunteer service.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award recipients included two members of the Park House Museum. Mark Rosati (left) received a youth award while Chelsea Meloche was awarded for five years of volunteer service.

“I found it to be pretty fun,” she said.

Rosati started volunteering in a similar fashion, as his sister volunteered at the Park House. They both take the public on tours, work with school groups and help with special events at the Park House.

For Meloche, the Park House is one example of her volunteerism, noting she attends leadership conferences and works with the youth group at St. John the Baptist Church as well as working with a dance team.

“The volunteers are the base of our organization,” said Park House curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak. “Without them, we couldn’t run what we do.”

Other people with Amherstburg connections that were recognized were master gardeners Florence and Charlie Bowyer (30 years), Larry Foley (Community Living Essex County, 15 years), Tami Muller (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, 20 years), Patti Perrault (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, five years), Lisa Tomac (Scouts Canada – 2nd Amherstburg, five years) and Beth Wiese (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, 15 years).

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