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Every month Sarnia Gives & Starbucks Canada celebrate the hard work and dedication that a Sarnia-Lambton community member has shown by giving back. If you know someone that should be recognized, please nominate here.
Name: Lynden Evers
Number of Years Volunteering: 7
Organizations: Brain Injury Association, Alzheimer's Society of Sarnia-Lambton, Victim Services and Dying Scene Productions
Activities: Lynden has taken on many roles with the various organizations he volunteers with and, at his young age, he's never hisitated to take on roles of responsibility and leadership.
Lynden seized the opportunity to be an organizer for the Alice in Wonderland Fundraising Gala for the Brains Injury Association and Treads for Life. He had the chance to plan, organize and contribute the night of the event, including a silent auction of hundreds of mirrors, a dance and a costume contest. In addition, Lynden says he is glad to take on the yearly role of a gift wrapper at their annual fundraising event, located in the Lambton mall.
Lynden joined the Alzheimer's Society of Sarnia Lambton as an active member of the fundraising committee and has helped plan and implement events such as Coffee on the Beach and Steps for Life.
Through the years, Lynden has contributed to events held by Victim Services. He is always on hand to fill in any role that they might need, often being a photographer at events such as Stand Up Man Awards and their annual volunteer gatherings.
Dying Scene Productions:Seeing first hand the important role that local arts play in the development of a community, Lynden wanted to provide opportunities to bring the community together, while supporting local artists. Along with Darcy Robichaud the not-for-profit organization Dying Scene Productions was started to organize events and showcase local musicians. They offer the community concerts, often only asking for a donation of some sort. Their goal is to promote what Sarnia has to offer while supporting and encouraging local talent.
How It All Started: Growing up with the support of our community, Lynden learned the importance of helping others. He says he realized that people work harder for an organization that they have a personal connection to. Lynden saw that each of these organizations needed help in areas that he could use his knowledge and time to assist them. He says, "it all started when I asked how I can help".
Tip for Volunteers: "It's important to find what you are passionate about and then ask how you can help. Talk to the organization about your goals and time commitment to find the ideal way you can help. Although most organization need your help, your volunteer time must be treated in a respectful, professional manner."
Nominated by: "Lynden is involved in the community as a business owner and a volunteer. Lynden has worked to plan and implement events as a volunteer for the Brain Injury Association, Alzheimer's Society of Sarnia-Lambton, and Victim Services. He also runs a Not For Profit organization called Dying Scene Productions to host local and out of town entertainment in our community. In addition to all of the above volunteer involvement, Lynden also volunteers with his High-school Band.." ~ Kevin Smith