Janice Foster receives the Hey Rube award from Variety first vice-president Bill Senghera.

Janice Foster receives the Hey Rube award from Variety first vice-president Bill Senghera.

Lumby volunteer earns recognition

Variety — the Children’s Charity presented Janice Foster with an award at its 44th annual Red Heart Awards gala.

When it comes to giving back, Lumby’s Janice Foster is no stranger to philanthropy.

And in recognition of her years of support, Variety — the Children’s Charity presented her with an award at its 44th annual Red Heart Awards gala.

“Janice has a warm, sunny can-do personality and a great sense of humour,” said Maureen Curtis, Variety’s volunteer co-ordinator.

“She understands how important fundraising is to a Variety event.”

Foster received the Hey Rube award (the name originating as a rallying cry shouted by circus workers if ever there was an emergency), which honours volunteers who drop everything at a moment’s notice, ready to come running whenever they are needed.

Foster has been involved with Variety since 2006, helping out at the Variety Children’s Radiothon in Vernon where she volunteered to answer phones and take pledges. She later grew into the role of volunteer recruiter, and has continued to manage all aspects of volunteer scheduling for the two-day radiothon every year since.

This year’s radiothon raised $31,595 for children who have special needs.