LEWISPORTE, NL – Memorial University students and Lewisporte locals Amber Tremblett and Kristen Peckford were honoured for their devoted volunteer work Feb. 28 in St. John’s.
Through Memorial’s volunteer incentive program with the Student Volunteer Bureau, the two students have taken part in a variety of projects to earn gold and platinum certificates.
Tremblett is nearing completion of her fourth year of studies for an honours degree in English and a minor in history. She says she has always enjoyed volunteering and saw the volunteer incentive program as a helpful way to get her back in the volunteering habit while attending school.
“It’s a really good way to get people to volunteer,” said Tremblett. “And hopefully when you finish the program you build upon these habits and can continue to do it.”
The program runs on a bronze, silver, gold and platinum system based on the number of hours volunteered, as well as other efforts to support leadership and professional skills.
Some of the volunteer work Tremblett has done under the program includes orientation for first-year students, helping international students practice their English skills, and efforts with Memorial’s Wellness Centre, Christian Fellowship and Ronald McDonald House.
However, most of her volunteer hours came from her work as a judge with Skate Canada.
She received both gold and platinum certificates at Feb. 28 ceremony and says her love of volunteering and helping others, as well as her passion for skating, has been the major influence in her drive to reach out and help.
“I’ve been involved with skating since I was four years old,” said Tremblett. “I really enjoy doing it so I hope I can keep volunteering.”
Fulfillment through helping others was also the guiding force for Peckford’s volunteer work. She received a platinum certificate and is currently in her first year of an undergraduate medical education degree.
Peckford earned previous certificates throughout her four years studying biochemistry.
“I’ve always done volunteer work since I was younger, working with Central Health and Girl Guides,” Peckford said. “I really enjoy volunteering and seeing the results and benefits it gives to other people.
“Seeing how happy it makes others is very rewarding.”
Through the Student Volunteer Bureau program, Peckford has worked with a therapeutic horseback riding program, read to children in long-term and emergency medical care and participated in VOCM’s Coats for Kids and several other projects.
While she has now finished the program, Peckford says she still volunteers whenever she has the time.
“I’m so busy with school now, but I’ll keep volunteering in whatever ways I can,” she said.