Volunteerism is important to every organization, and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) wants its volunteers to know this.
About three years ago, under the leadership of then-president Ed Kroft, the national philatelic society launched a program to recognize and thank volunteers across Canada. Nominations are encouraged and accepted each year from Canadian stamp clubs and societies. The volunteer certificates and pins are unveiled and awarded at the RPSC’s annual general meeting.
For those volunteers unable to attend the AGM, the certificates are presented by RPSC directors at local club meetings and events.
Such a presentation was held at the recent NOVAPEX stamp show and exhibition, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Stamp Club.
“Whenever possible, RPSC tries to present the volunteer pin and certificate to club member recipients at each club’s event. At Novapex this year, we were able to present this to John Harvey,” RPSC President Sam Chiu wrote in the society’s recent newsletter. “This year’s other volunteers’ pin and certificate recipients from Nova Scotia Stamp Club, who were not present at the presentation at Novapex, included Bob Boehner, Dave Harvey and Heather Mackenzie. We just do not thank our volunteers enough for their work towards philately.”