Invermay resident receives volunteer award from Yorkton-Melville MP

Cathay Wagantall, member of parliament for Yorkton-Melville honoured 17 individuals from throughout the area in two separate ceremonies at the second annual Yorkton-Melville Volunteer Recognition ceremony.

To better accommodate recipients, two ceremonies were held this year. The first ceremony was held April 25 in Preeceville for those from Yorkton-Melville’s northern communities, and the second was held in Yorkton on April 27 for recipients of the south area.

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Mike Kaminski of Invermay was the recipient of a volunteer award at the ceremony in Yorkton. His volunteer work was described in the information found in the program at the event.

“The world needs more Mike Kaminskis.”

Those are the words from one of his nominators, said the information. Kaminski’s commitment to education and community didn’t stop with his profession as a teacher. The after-school programs were just as important and Kaminski coached many sports and taught arts, was involved with 4-H and served with the Kinsmen, Knights of Columbus and the recreation board. He has been involved in various capacities at the local level of teachers’ associations and with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan, according to the information.

Kaminski has served on the Parkland Regional Library board, several SUMA committees and boards and has accessed funding to develop and advance technological literacy in the school and community of Invermay. He currently serves on the Ventures C.F. board. “Mike is a person with boundless energy, involvement, engagement, collaboration, leadership and is a team player. He is a credit to his community and to the various organizations of which he is a part,” concluded the information.

The Yorkton-Melville Volunteer Recognition award was created by MP Wagantall as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, with certificates and medallions presented at the first ceremony in October 2017. The recent ceremonies were for 2018 nominees.

 “In 2017, I was honoured to recognize more than 30 very special people at the first Yorkton-Melville Volunteer Recognition Ceremony,” said Wagantall. “The recipients of the commemorative medals and certificates were nominated by their communities, peers, friends and families, for their time and talents dedicated to fundraising projects, service organizations and special causes. Knowing how vital our volunteers are, I’m so pleased to again be able to recognize those that remain committed to bettering our communities.”