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Volunteer for the ‘ride of your life’

Agur Lake Camp Society (ALCS) is actively looking to recruit new board members to be elected at their AGM in April, 2014.  Would you like to take up the challenge?

Five years ago I became a joiner. I had just moved to Summerland and felt a need for social contacts.  I set about locating groups where I might feel at home.

ALCS back then was planning a facility in the wilderness where people with disabilities could camp like they had never camped before.

I attended events on site and imagined what it might be like to be a camper there. I was asked to be on their board of directors. They wanted me to work on a dream with them and to help them make it happen.

I had some useful skills and experience. I was a photographer, a writer and had experience with managing websites. And I had lived my life with a disability, so I saw things from a unique perspective.

I found myself caught up in an ongoing series of meetings, events, work-parties and plain old-fashioned socializing.

I am turning 80 this year and I resign from the board, comforted by the knowledge that someone out there will replace me and get to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that working for ALCS has brought me.

ALCS now has a site by a lake with two cabins and its first campers were welcomed last summer.

Many volunteers are still needed: Office staff, planners, promoters, trail builders, money-raisers and shovel wielders.

Please learn more about us at www.agurlakecamp.ca and email us at info@agurlakecamp.ca if you are interested in volunteering.

Don’t forget the opening I am leaving for you on the board of directors. If you take up my challenge, it could be the most exciting ride of your life!

Keith Dixon is a website manager and retiring director of the Agur Lake Camp Society.

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