Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer of the Week’

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Volunteer of the Week: Gail Lidstone

June 22, 2010

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Gail Lidstone.

Gail’s passion for volunteering shows! Last year may have been her first year volunteering at the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival, but we must have made an impression, because she has put in an effort to make sure we had her on our list for the upcoming 2010 Festival (now just three weeks away). We look forward to her help again this year as a ticketing agent, merchandise vendor, and information representative.

Outside of the Festival, Gail’s volunteering portfolio spills over with patriotism and hometown pride. Each year, she helps out with the Canada Day celebrations and recently she assisted with the Olympic torch relay it passed through our community. Additionally, Gail is an Ambassador with Cruse NL and a volunteer at the St. John’s Folk Festival and Festival 500.

In her spare time, Gail enjoys singing with the choir, walking and reading. At 65, Gail has retired after a 29-year tenure at Memorial University.

Hope to see you at the 2010 Volunteer Rally tonight, Gail! You are this week’s Volunteer of the Week!

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Volunteer of the Week: Brad Lambert

June 8, 2010

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Brad Lambert.

Since the WJB organization began its volunteer program, Brad has been at the front lines contributing to the success of the Festival and year-round events. His experience and expertise over the years have helped shape our volunteer program, bringing safety to the forefront of the entertainment industry. Although Brad has filled nearly every role during previous WJB events, he has a specialty in security and security coordination, safety supervision, and box office attendance.

We’re lucky to have Brad on board because of his experience in organizing large-scale events such as the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. Brad is one of the principal organizers and directors of the Sci-Fi On The Rock conference, which recently enjoyed a banner year. He has also coordinated several events one the ground such as concerts by Rod Stewart, Donald K Donald and Shaggy. Plus, he volunteers with the Janeway Telethon, St. John’s Boys & Girls Club, and St. John’s Ambulance.

At age 52, Brad is a safety coordinator for HSC Integrated, travelling and instructing first aid and setting safety protocols.

WJB would like to extend its gratitude to Brad, this week’s Volunteer of the Week!

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Volunteer of the Week – Dixie Lee Connolly

June 1, 2010

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Dixie Lee Connolly.

Dixie Lee has the type of fearlessness that we here at WJB like to see! She and her also-WJB-volunteer husband Matt had been in the city of St. John’s no more than a month when she signed up to volunteer at the 2009 Festival. Dixie Lee helped us out at several 2009 events in a security context. Most recently, she answered a last-minute call to help us prepare for the 2010 Media Launch, held on May 27th 2010. We know that she will be on hand to volunteer at this year’s festival, and we’re looking forward to it.

You may catch Dixie Lee out on the streets with leash in hand – in her spare time she also volunteers in St. John’s with Beagle Paws. In the past she has also volunteered in an administrative context with Porter’s Lake (Nova Scotia) Community Services and with the Jane Edgett International Dance studio in Halifax.

Dixie Lee is a former offset press operator heralding originally from Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. She states “ Music is a big part of my life.” It shows!

Thanks for taking a leap with us last year, Dixie; here’s to years to come!

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Volunteer of the Week

May 17, 2010

Robert Lambe

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Robert Lambe.

Robert has volunteered with Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues since 2007; the kindness and diligence that he displays as a volunteer is a huge asset to our program. Over his four years as a WJB volunteer, Robert has served in a wide variety of roles, including ticketing agent, information representative and site security, and he has been a member of several of our stage and site crews. In recognition of his dedication, WJB awarded Robert the 2009 ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award!

Like most of our volunteers, Robert’s contributions do not end with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues events. For example, Robert is a franchise player at the CLB Armory, where his care of the roller-skating program is unrivaled. He also helps out at the Miller Centre as a Volunteer Recreational Assistant, and he offers his time at the DVA Pavillion as well.

At 56 years, Robert is an avid photographer, and has a serious knack for electronics repair. You might call him a jack-of-all-trades!

Robert, you’re WJB’s volunteer of the week. Many thanks!

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Volunteer of the Week

May 11, 2010

Taryn Stone

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Taryn Stone.

Taryn has an enthusiasm for life that you rarely encounter, and she has been sharing that enthusiasm with WJB for the past 5 years. “I love volunteering with (the WIJBF) because you get to meet great people and amazing musicians and jazz is my favorite genre of music”, she explains. Taryn has offered her support as a WJB driver, information representative, VIP host, and photographer (among many other roles). She’s a mainstay of our volunteer program, and in 2007 we awarded her the Service of Excellence Award.

Outside of the festival, it’s tough to keep up with Taryn. For the past 15 years she has played trombone with the CLB Regimental band; she is a Leader with Girl Guides of Canada and a Gold Award Achiever and Leader with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. At 37 years young, Taryn is working on a Masters of Education (Post-Secondary Studies) and is a certified ship’s captain.

Taryn has a condition known as Tuberous Sclerosis, and she serves as the provincial contact for Tuberous Sclerosis Canada. May is Tuberous Sclerosis Month, and you can find our more about the condition here. We at WJB wish to convey our full support for Taryn on her journey to perfect health.

All the best, Taryn! We’re rooting for you, our volunteer of the week!

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Volunteer of the Week

April 27, 2010

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Carmel Dooley.

Ever since WJB’s volunteer program came into existence, Carmel Dooley has been a force to be reckoned with. Since 2005, Carmel has faithfully assisted WJB in a variety of contexts, from attending merchandise tables to overseeing the box office and door. While volunteering, Carmel is never far away from friend and former Volunteer of the Week Rowena Williams – their friendship is an inspiration for WJB’s volunteer program.

Carmel’s enthusiasm for volunteering is so great that it spills over into all the other major arts festivals taking place in the St. John’s calendar. Most recently, she was spotted behind the scenes at the Juno’s festivities, working her magic. Additionally, she donates her time to the Folk Festival, Women’s Film Festival and (whenever possible) the East Coast Music Awards.

A Bay Bulls native and former nurse, in her spare time Carmel enjoys photography and painting. WJB would like to extend its thanks to you Carmel, our Volunteer of the Week!

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Volunteer of the Week

April 6, 2010

Andrew Bown

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Andrew Bown.

Andrew has been volunteering with WJB since the festival was called the St. John’s Jazz Festival (from 2003 to 2007). Over his six-year tenure as a volunteer, he frequently helped us by managing tickets at the door and by selling our materials at the merchandise table.  Andrew’s experience as a musician came into play helping us manage our event stages, a role which was especially important in the early days of our organization.

Many of our audience members may also recognize Andrew’s name from the WIJBF marquee – as a jazz guitarist he has performed at our previous festivals.  You can check out some of his recorded material by visiting his myspace page (click here for more info).  In 2009, Andrew obtained a music degree from York University, studying under guitarist Lorne Lofsky.

When Andrew is not volunteering with WJB, he teaches music lessons at Music City.  This pretty much means that music is at the center of Andrew’s life – maybe that’s why he and WJB get along so well!

Rock on, Andrew!  You’re WJB’s volunteer of the week!

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