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2005 - 100 years of volunteers

in Pre-1905 Alberta

Becoming a Province




2005 - 100 years
of volunteers


On 26 December 2004 a major tsunami rose from ocean’s depths and unleashed its fury upon South and Southeast Asian countries. Slamming its way inshore, this catastrophic tsunami left in its wake heartache and immeasurable loss. Days into 2005, the rest of the world was still trying to grasp the magnitude of this natural disaster.

Worldwide, the importance of volunteerism was never more apparent as when voluntary organizations such as the Red Cross and Oxfam quickly mobilized to bring help. Help also came by untold acts of heroism and individual volunteerism, volunteer fundraising, and private and government donations.

Lois HoleCloser to home, Albertans lost one of its greatest volunteers — our beloved Lieutenant Governor, Lois Hole. The most common adjective people use to describe her is "warm." Her clear blue eyes, which were lit from behind with humour and kindness, could embrace a person and make him or her feel that she was truly with them. Her caring was genuine and Albertans knew this.

Our "Queen of Hugs" lived her life fully. She was a wife, mother, friend, gardener, savvy business woman, school trustee, University of Alberta chancellor, and of course Lieutenant Governor. Proudly Albertan, she spoke out about the importance of helping our less fortunate. She was unwavering in her beliefs that literacy, education, and health should be priorities. Most importantly, she backed her words with action. Lois Hole embodied volunteerism by giving her time and energy to the betterment of individuals, groups, and causes.

Alberta’s legacy of volunteerism continues.

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