The Village of Pouce is looking for volunteers.
The Village has been putting on a number of number of events recently, staff note, but finding volunteers has been difficult, which means such events require more staff time.
Of the Winter Jamboree’s $6,939.41 price tag, $3,388.54 went to staff wages.
“It is always a struggle to find volunteers,” wrote Corporate Officer Sandy Stokes in a report. “Our Village staff give up time with their families to come work these events. Some are paid, some are not.
“More often than not, staff recruit their children and spouses to come and put on these events for the benefit of residents. The fire department members often provide additional volunteers,” she continued. “Administration feels that Village events should be supported by Village volunteers to some degree. Although we do see some members support events, local resident support is often very low.”
“Our staff can’t give any more time,” said Councillor Barb Smith, while commending staff work during the Winter Jamboree.
Council voted in favour of a request for volunteers to go out via mail, social media, and the website, putting interested people on a list the Village can contact. Staff will bring back a draft of such a letter to Council.
“I think there’s a bit of a spark in the community,” said Councillor Ken Drover. “Now might be a good time to ask people to volunteer.”