The municipality of Saint-Anicet held a 5 à 7 on April 28 to raise a glass to its many dedicated volunteers, as a thank-you for their commitment to the community.
During a speech, Mayor Gino Moretti highlighted the exceptional work done by the volunteers gathered in the room. Before revealing the municipality’s volunteer of the year, he recognized the outstanding work of lifelong volunteer Marcel Sévigny, who passed away suddenly on April 5.
Moretti then honoured the volunteer of the year, René Hurteau, who was presented with a special plaque commemorating his 60 years with the Cercle de Loisirs de Cazaville. The mayor then thanked Hurteau for his generosity and dedication.
Hurteau, who was deeply moved by the gesture, said he had not been expecting the honour. “It is very much appreciated,” he said, noting that he began volunteering with the Cercle de Loisirs in Cazaville when he was just 14 years old. “We wanted to play hockey,” he explained; he helped to form a committee, and the organization grew from there. “I do it because I want to do it,” he added, of his continued work with the organization. “We care for everyone here” he said of his fellow volunteers in Saint-Anicet. “It is a special community.” (SR)