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Reach thanks those behind the scenes

AGM pays tribute to volunteers

Reach Child and Youth Society paid homage to its volunteer community last month at its 2015 annual general meeting.

Coun. Sylvia Bishop, Reach's municipal liaison, acknowledged volunteers that serve on the society and foundation boards, those who help in programs and those who plan and work on events and participate in FINDS social enterprise.

Last year, Reach's 60 volunteers contributed a total of 3,659 hours.

Reach also welcomed a new board of directors for both the society and its foundation for the coming year.

Donna Burke, new president of the society board, thanked outgoing president of six years Rob vanSpronssen, saying he leaves big shoes to fill. Two new directors were welcomed to complete this year's society board of seven that will oversee Reach's programs and services.

Barbara Wallick is the returning chair of the foundation board, which is comprised of 10 members committed to helping Reach raise the $1 million remaining in its campaign to build a child development centre in the heart of Ladner.

During the evening, all board volunteer directors shared their personal reasons for becoming involved at Reach. Explanations ranged from having a child with special needs and wanting to give back to a desire to have the best possible future for all children.

A new video, The Reach Volunteer Experience, was also shown and can be viewed on Reach's YouTube channel.

For more information on volunteering, call 604-946-6622 ext. 328, email [email protected] or visit