The winning photo submitted by the Kennedy Seniors Society shows volunteers at the Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre in North Delta sorting and counting 2,212 purple baby hats that members knitted and donated to BC Children’s Hospital as part of the Click for Babies BC campaign. (Photo submitted)

North Delta’s Kennedy Seniors Centre wins B.C. photo contest

Shot of volunteers counting knit baby hats for BC Children’s Hospital won Volunteer BC’s photo contest

North Delta’s Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre has won a province-wide photo competition celebrating volunteers.

As part of National Volunteer Week (April 7-13), Volunteer BC held a contest inviting individuals and organizations throughout the province to submit photos that captured this year’s theme of “The Volunteer Factor —Lifting Communities.”

The photo submitted by the Kennedy Seniors Society shows volunteers at the centre sorting and counting 2,212 purple baby hats that members knitted and donated to BC Children’s Hospital as part of the Click for Babies BC campaign, which aims to raise awareness about normal infant crying (dubbed “purple crying”), how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.

“Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, colours, demographics, and this photo really communicated that theme [of lifting communities],” Lorelynn Hart, program director with Volunteer BC, said. “It really showed the enthusiasm, the energy, the diversity in this community, so that’s why it was chosen. It really communicated what volunteering is all about.”

The Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre has about 1,200 members and only four paid city staff. Without its 100-plus volunteers, Kennedy Seniors Society president Rick Stonehouse said, the centre would grind to halt.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the society. This building could not operate without volunteers,” Stonehouse said.

As part of their win, the society was presented with a cheque for $150 on Tuesday, May 21, and as one of the contest’s three finalists, the photo will be used in Volunteer BC’s marketing materials.

Stonehouse said the winnings will likely be used to help pay for the annual volunteer appreciation dinner in November.

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Kennedy Seniors Society president Rick Stonehouse, flanked by volunteers from the Kennedy Seniors’ Recreation Centre, accepts a cheque from Lorelynn Hart, program director with Volunteer BC, on Tuesday, May 21. The centre received a prize of $150 for winning Volunteer BC’s National Volunteer Week photo contest. (James Smith photo)

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