Party celebrates volunteers

The Vernon Public Art Gallery and Vernon & District Volunteer Bureau co-host the second annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 24

Volunteers are the heart of a successful community, and the Vernon Public Art Gallery wants to show its appreciation for all who give back by hosting its second annual community wide Volunteer Appreciation Event, in partnership with the Vernon and District Volunteer Bureau during National Volunteer Week.

Taking place April 24, the event is open to all non-profit organizations who wish to give a special thanks to the volunteers who play such an important role in our community.

“The gallery is not only a cultural institution, but it also acts as a venue for community events. As a charitable organization that relies heavily on volunteers, it only made sense to provide the facility for a community-wide volunteer appreciation event. We have the space and the administration to aid in organizing an event that other agencies don’t,” said executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant. “We are proud to partner with outstanding not-for-profits in the Greater Vernon area on this special day and for many years to come.”

VPAG is pleased to announce a special guest speaker, volunteer advocate, RDNO chairperson and Vernon Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“Mr. Nicol is a longtime supporter of the gallery. We are thrilled to have him speak to our guests on the importance of supporting arts and culture in Vernon. Volunteerism is the heart of our community,” said Kennedy Grant.

Catered by The Fig Catering, volunteers can relax and enjoy an afternoon of music, snacks and refreshments, and be entered to win door prizes, all while enjoying the surroundings of the current exhibitions at the gallery. The event is also sponsored by Investors Group.

Cost to participating agencies is $2.50/volunteer. For more information and to register your volunteers, please contact the gallery at 250-545-3173 or