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Do you know someone under the age of 50 who is making a difference through their volunteer efforts to the community?

The Town of Fort Frances is seeking to recognize those individuals this year with special “Canada 150" pins intended as a small "thank you” to recognize those in our community who make it a better place in which to live.

And given all of the activities that go on in Fort Frances, those individuals shouldn't be hard to find.

When the newspaper published our annual minor hockey edition, I thought that every coach and trainer of those teams should be recognized. They are all contributing to the healthiness of our youth.

In fact, every volunteer coach should be recognized.

When I examine the number of young people who are spending countless volunteer hours on the Rainy Lake Square, the museum board, the library board or any volunteer association in Fort Frances, I feel that they should be recognized too.

When I look at the young parents who volunteer time in the schools, they too should be recognized.

All too often we tend to recognize the efforts of older citizens, overlooking the good and contributions of younger community citizens.

While citizens over 50 years of age also will be recognized with the special pins, a total of 150 pins have been set aside specifically to recognize those under 50.

The nomination form is now available on the Town of Fort Frances web site: www.fortfrances.ca/canada-150-volunteer-award-nomination-form

This is a great opportunity to provide extra recognition to volunteers. Council should be commended for their desire to recognize these great young citizens of our community.

—Jim Cumming

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