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Every Moment Matters – Saluting WDM Volunteers

For the past 75 years, volunteers have played a very important role in the WDM and in what we offer to our community. No matter what the task or how much time is given, every volunteer contribution is valuable.

April 14 – 20 is National Volunteer Week, a week to celebrate the contributions of volunteer across Canada. This year’s theme Every Moment Matters reflects on how all volunteer contributions improve the quality of our lives and to the health of our communities. Without the support and contributions of our 500+ volunteers, much of what brings the WDM to life would not be possible. Collectively, they invested over 21,300 hours with us last year.  We are grateful to the many people who have chosen to be a part of making every moment matter at the WDM. Not only has the WDM benefited from the contributions of our volunteers, so have all who have visited the Museum and experienced our shared history.

Individually and collectively, the moments volunteers create for Museum visitors matter tremendously. They create a ripple that resonates far beyond the tangible daily outcomes of the work. They help the WDM create spaces where people can come together, forge connections, and share stories that transcend time and place. They help build and shape visitor’s understanding of and connection to Saskatchewan’s past. And, ultimately, they help achieve the WDM’s vision – a Saskatchewan where everyone belongs and histories matter. 
– Kristine Flynn, Volunteer Engagement Manager 

I am truly grateful for the contributions made by each and every one of our volunteers. To all our volunteers, thank you for sharing your passion for Saskatchewan’s history with us. Thank you for your work, your dedication and for being such an important part of the Western Development Museum. – Joan Kanigan, CEO

The WDM is Saskatchewan-inspired, and one of the most inspirational parts of the Museum is our volunteer team. The WDM Board of Directors, management and staff are honoured our dedicated volunteers have chosen to give their time and expertise to the WDM.

Click the images and links below learn about a few of the hundreds of volunteers who make up the fabric of the WDM volunteer team.

Man stands beside hand cranked wheat grinder

“It’s a family thing. We have a good time. That’s what it’s for, to have fun!”
Greig Pearce
WDM Yorkton Volunteer

Man with big smile sits, arms crossed, in front of a steam traction engine and bright red truck

“I came along with [a friend] to see what he was working on and decided to keep coming.”
Bill Raynor
WDM North Battleford Volunteer

“It is a good feeling to be involved in an important aspect of sharing this country’s past and being in contact with the people who come to experience history.”
Mark & Evelyn Michener
WDM Moose Jaw Volunteers

Three men stand beside restored Chevy car

“Each project has provided the opportunity to learn… I have especially enjoyed researching the various artifacts and seeing projects come to life.”
Dennis Stanley
WDM Corporate Office Volunteer

 

Four photos of blacksmiths

“I am glad visitors can ask questions to blacksmiths. It’s nice explaining things about the Museum and the Blacksmith Shop.”
Blacksmith Volunteers
WDM Saskatoon

 

Interested in Volunteering at the WDM?

For more information about volunteer opportunities at all WDM locations, visit Volunteering at the WDM.

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