On Dec. 11th, we invited White Pointers to nominate a special Elf – a volunteer in their community – that they wanted to say “Thank You” to by presenting them with a Gift Certificate for a GR8day Getaway here at the beach. Folks had until Monday Dec. 15th at 9am to get their nominations in, with the winner to be announced just after 12 noon on the same day.
We want to thank everyone for taking the time to put in their nominations, hearing you describe and recognize the special people in your community is heart warming.
All entries were printed, and placed in an Elf Hat, with one being drawn randomly….
Congratulations Traci Lowe Hatt – you get to give your nominee Charlotte White a GR8day Getaway – an over night stay with Breakfast and Dinner for two here at White Point!
Here are all the nominations that came in on our Facebook Page, they are all wonderful!
Julia Bernice Smeenk said, I’d like to nominate Deb Sponagle (and Chuck) for the wonderful work they do for the children of Liverpool. They have art classes, they are involved in the breakfast program at the Wickwire, they have even dressed up as Easter bunnies for the egg hunt at Pinegrove… they have truly enhanced the lives of so many children I think they are well deserving of this “Elf” nomination!!!
Marilyn Winters nominated Heather Kelly for all the things she is involved in here in Liverpool.
Traci Lowe Hatt said I would like to nominate Charlotte White, that elf is always very busy more so this time of year at the food bank.
Danielle Marchand nominated Bonnie Lea Tumblin – for always doing for others!
Leeanna McNeill says Charlotte White is the first person that came to my mind as well…food bank, habitat for humanity, church, gives her time to neighbours and family and friends. And probably more that I don’t know about!!
Anne White offered, I nominate my friend, Jill Suzanne, who is tireless in her dedication to various cat rescue organizations. She could really use a nice break, and I know she loves White Point.
Lisa Marie Grant offered, I would like to nominate my grandmother Joyce Whynot. She is the most kind hearted woman I know. She is always helping out in her community in anyway she can. Every time you call her house or visit she is making something, donating something or especially baking something for someone else. She always puts everyone before herself and I think she would enjoy the chance to put her feet up and relax. She most certainly deserves it.
Colleen Ritchie nominated Mary Ritchie – she volunteers for Shelter Nova Scotia, Standing in the Gap, Irondale Ensemble project, she is a retired seniors mental health nurse who continually shares her knowledge with families in need as their parents age and need different care. She is an amazing grandmother who pitches in when the cards are down. PS – she is White Point obsessed. She and I try to go at least once a year
Cat Gallagher offered this about her mom, Georgie, who loves me even on days when it’s hard to love me! She puts everyone else first! She needs some R&R
Pam Miles said, Robin Sperry is at the top of my list. Not only does she give her time to her Church…. Salvation Army, but her continuous volunteering at “The Salvation Army Thrift Store” is beyond my comprehension. This lady, who has faced her own medical issues, always has a smile and a hug for others. So proud to watch her in action!!!!
Lori Rodenhiser said I nominate Mary Smiley she is my daughters Big sister . Mary stepped into our families life about 6 years ago when I was going through an awful divorce and my daughter needed someone to just let her be a kid and a place she could go (Marys Family Home ) . She has helped give my daughter a friend and a second home. Even though she has grown children of her own and a grandson which my Maddy has a picture of them on her night stand . When my daughter comes home smiling and laughing it’s the best feeling, something that she did so little before . Mary has giving something to us that hasn’t cost her anything but is worth so much more than monetary value. I hope she sees this and knows just how much her time has meant to not only Maddy but our whole family.
Maxine Chandler submitted a nomination for Briana Fletcher, my granddaughter who goes to school in the daytime to further her education & works at Tim Horton’s in the evenings volunteers at an animal shelter & deserves a night away
Kate Goodwin nominated Andy Northup who volunteers with Samaritans Purse and has been in Iraq for almost three months. It’s easy to say we want to make a difference in the world but Andy is someone who puts those words into action. Living this way often means there is no extra money for doing special things on a personal level.
What a wonderful gift it would be for he and his beautiful wife (who had been his support and strength from behind the scenes) to have such a beautiful stress free reunion when he returns for the holidays. I can NOT think of two more deserving people!
Samantha Nickerson-Atkinson indicted she’d like to nominate Brenda Smith, my grandmother . She is a kind, caring person who is always helping out but never asking for any, even when she needs it. Good luck to everyone
Andrea Ritchie said, I nominate Mary Ritchie. Full disclosure- she’s my Mom. She also provides hands on support to theatre through The Irondale Ensemble Project, homeless and at risk people through her volunteering and donating to Shelter Nova Scotia, and Standing In The Gap. She donates to both causes close to home and abroad. And she loves the ocean, and White Point in particular. When we were young, she would take us to beaches on the Eastern Shore in all seasons. She’s an elf for sure.
Courtney Lorraine McNeil nominated John Harrison. He and his wife are completely Involved in their community, doing Christmas concerts for the tiny community church with all the kids, helping out with other functions including a single parents ministry at their church helping with crafts & lessons for the kids and meals for all the family’s. Has helped us out immensely this year and would give you the shirt off his back! Most genuine kind man around.
Lorene Isles … I would like to nominate Terry Gilbert. She is always volunteering time and her artistic and creative talents to community organizations, church groups, friends, family and neighbors. Gifts of food, crafty items and her handmade decorations and jewelry appear out of nowhere as tokens of friendship from her to the recipients. She is the first person to volunteer to decorate or cook for for parties, community groups and to volunteer to do art projects for children. She does all of this while dealing with her own health issues and never expecting anything in return. She is truly a caring and giving person.
Peter Moorhouse … I’d like to nominate Earl Leslie. For the past 15 years, Earl has been the volunteer community liaison for the Halifax Boys Honour Choir. He attends every single weekly rehearsal, wrangling 50-60 young boys and their belongings. He works with the boys for every fundraiser they do (bagging groceries, for example), spending eight hour days watching over them and keeping them in line. At every performance, Earl is there, making sure the boys are in their uniforms and in place. He even travels with the choir for their annual trips to perform outside the city and province. Earl has done all these things for no compensation in return, and has done so on top of his daily responsibilities for a large local bakery (from which he is retiring soon). And he’s done it all, with smiles and kind words for all the boys and their parents. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a relaxing weekend at White Point!
Cindy Titus nominated Laura Titus – the sweetest daughter, supporter and community helper.
Cindy Titus nominated Eleni Chronis Wade – an angel on earth.
Christina Andrecyk nominated Sherry Bugbee is a wonderful elf in the community of Chelsea. Every year she spends December baking and baking for her ‘seniors’ – delivering lots of treats to many, many elderly members of our community who need a pick me up the time of year. She has a 24 carat heart of gold.
Kendra Oickle nominated Charlotte White is for sure a number one elf; I see her work first hand . She gets my nomination also.
Linzie Labour said Robin Sperry has my vote as well!