Volunteers are the backbone of OFSC snowmobiling, so it makes sense to recognize their efforts in as many ways as possible.
With this in mind, the OFSC conducts an annual draw from among the 5,169 registered volunteer names in its online database.
This year’s draw occurred March 29 in Barrie and the grand prize was a 2008 Polaris snowmobile. The lucky recipient was Colleen Hanna of the Rideau Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club in District 1.
Colleen was raised in a family of snowmobilers. She started young: as a small child, she rode in a cutter at the feet of her older brother and sister.
As a youngster, Colleen’s parents gave her a Kitty Kat snowmobile under the Christmas tree. As she and her siblings got older, they always had sleds to bomb around on.
Now, Colleen and her husband are avid sledders. They own a construction company and their evenings and weekends are spent snowmobiling each winter!
Colleen started volunteering with the Rideau Ridge Riders in May 2006, as club secretary. She is also ticket sales coordinator for the district’s sled trailer raffle.
Last November, Colleen organized her club’s first annual ‘Bring on the Snow’ dance and a St. Patrick’s Day social evening.
Colleen says her volunteering has been both fun and rewarding…and keeps her plugged into the snowmobiling — and the people — she loves in the off-seasons too!
Colleen sends a huge thanks to everyone at the OFSC for this recognition and says: “It’s wonderful surprises like this that gives people like myself a special opportunity and the motivation to help their local club!”
Why not lend a hand yourself…who knows, maybe your name will be drawn next spring!