CNRL does a Day of Caring for seniors

Last year, I began at The United Way of Fort McMurray as a Community Impact Planner; it was a summer placement position that helped me apply the knowledge I gained through my university classes to real life situations.

In my brief time at the United Way, Days of Caring quickly became the part of my job I looked forward to the most. Watching volunteers work tirelessly, driven by goodwill, to help our member agencies with various tasks and capturing these moments through photographs was such a fulfilling way to spend my hours at work.

A year later, I am back with United Way in my hometown. This time I am a university graduate and have a new title: Resource Development Associate. Many things have changed since I’ve been away, but the dedication of volunteers and the personal fulfillment I get from attending Days of Caring have not.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Day of Caring since returning to the community.

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A group of energetic volunteers from CNRL arrived at the Golden Years Society around 9:30 a.m. eager to get to work. The task for the CNRL team to complete was the repainting of both the parking lot lines, including wheelchair accessible parking signs, and the lines of the curling and shuffleboard areas inside the activity centre. After a quick greeting and the distribution of some gloves and painting gear, the team got right to work.

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The volunteers worked tirelessly all day, not calling it quits until all the jobs were completed. Even the presence of rain – which at times delayed the outdoor painting – did not deter the volunteers from getting the job done.

After six hours of hard work, the shuffleboard and curling areas and the parking lot were beautifully revived, almost unrecognizable from their previous forms.

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The group gathered with smiling faces and thumbs up for a commemorative picture of a job well-done. Thank you to the all the volunteers from CNRL who donated the time and manpower that made this Day of Caring possible.

About the Golden Years Society

The Golden Years Society is a non profit organization. The prime purpose of the activity centre is to promote wellness and fellowship through activities to all seniors in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. They focus on every aspect of their seniors and work hard to enhance and maintain the wellbeing of members. Card nights, weekly luncheons, bocce ball, bowling, arts and crafts, outings, social events, games, senior monthly activities, choir and health clinics are many of the services that they offer.


Author: Meaghan Szpak

Meaghan has earned her degree in Public Relations from Iowa State University and has returned to work with The United Way of Fort McMurray. Her interest in the social profit sector brought her to the United Way last summer when she worked as an intern. Although she has spent the last few years in the United States, Meaghan is not new to the community of Fort McMurray and considers it home. She is excited about interacting on a daily basis with the people and agencies who give back and help make her home community a better place. In her free time Meaghan loves taking road trips, exploring new places and hiking new trails, all with her husky by her side.