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Organization Name: Fort McMurray Volunteer Action Centre

Volunteer's Name: Bill Bloomfield

About this volunteer:
In giving you receive. Both generous and compassionate, Bill Bloomfield is testimony to the adage. The semi-retired tax consultant has volunteered for more than 13 organizations over the last 30 years.

“I started volunteering back when I was still working at the mines,” explains Bill while reflecting on the day-to-day responsibilities of work that had become the focus of conversation amongst his colleagues. “I was looking for something to expand my horizons rather than letting myself get tunnel vision from my job.”

So, Bill decided to volunteer. His genuine interest in people and deep desire to help allowed him to make a lasting difference in the lives of many faced with hardship and misfortune.

“There are so many wonderful memories,” answers Bill when asked to share some of his most meaningful and life-altering volunteer opportunities. He continues sharing a heart-warming story about his experience as a volunteer greeter at a Haunted House called ‘Chateau Boo’ for the Boys and Girls Club. “There were more than 900 visitors of all ages and I was able to put smiles on so many faces,” he says excitedly. “It was so wonderful being able to give people reasons to smile as it’s sometimes the only smile they have all day.”

And in turn, Bill adds that volunteering ultimately ends up helping volunteers to develop their own interpersonal and life skills.

With great appreciation and acknowledgement of the invaluable service Bill continues to provide, Fort McMurray Volunteer Action Centre’s Information Resource Administrator Ruth Carr says that “Bill is a very good inspiration to the rest of the volunteers in the community to go out and help spread the spirit of volunteerism.”

Bill has volunteered for the following organizations: the Volunteer Action Centre; the Piano Art Gallery; the Piano Theatre Group; the Multi-Cultural Association; the Canadian Diabetic Association; the Canadian Mental Health Association; the Community Volunteer Tax Program; the Inter Play Street Festival; the Arctic Winter Games; Science Alberta; Search & Civil Air Rescue; and the Fort McMurray Public Library.

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