Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.
Rockland Help Centre celebrates 25 years
The Rockland Help Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend, while also taking the time to honor one of their most devoted volunteers, Yvon Huppé, the former president of the Help Centre, in lieu of his retirement.
To mark the occasion, the Rockland Help Centre held a social gathering of music and dancing on Thursday, November 23, at the River Rock Inn. Some 100 people, 80 or so of which are volunteers of the Help Centre, were present during the evening. Clarence-Rockland city councillor, Carl Grimard, was in attendance to present a plaque of excellence to Yvon Huppé, in recognition of his years of service and commitment to the community. Huppé is also the last founding member of the Rockland Help Centre.
“This is only my first mandate as councillor, therefore I keep discovering the great value of the volunteers of the Clarence-Rockland Food Bank,” said Grimard. “It is extraordinary what you do.” A separate plaque recognizing the work of the Food Bank will also be given by the city.
The plaque was presented to Huppé and recognizes his exceptional work, as well as his dedication and generosity to the Rockland community for over two decades. “It’s been 25 years and I have absolutely no regrets in choosing the Help Centre to do volunteer work,” said Huppé. “There are too many people to thank individually, but thank you to all who came this evening.”
The Food Bank currently has approximately 260 families enlisted for the holiday season and about 80 volunteers in total.