Volunteer of the Week: #2

April 11, 2009

Volunteering keeps Marg Arsenault busy

STEWIACKE – Marg Arsenault is one busy gal.
The wife of a retired RCMP officer, Arsenault has been volunteering for a long time.
“I’ve been married 48 years this year so probably pretty close to that long,” Arsenault said.
Originally from New Glasgow, Arsenault started volunteering in Kentville before moving to Stewiacke. She found her schedule a little too cluttered when she became a mother.
“When you have three children, you can’t do it as much,” she said.
Now that her three daughters are grown up, the grandmother of four and great-grandmother of one keeps busy by volunteering.
“I said to my husband last night ‘I don’t know how people get bored,’” she said.
Arsenault sits on the board at the Children’s Aid Society and Family Services of Colchester County and has been involved with Christmas Index for 25 years. She’s involved with Amanda’s Gift, the John Howards Society and volunteered at the Salvation Army for over 20 years.
When one of her many committees comes calling for auction items, Arsenault goes to work making gift baskets.
“One year, I did 85,” she said.
She frequently decorates for committee events, auctions and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“It’s interesting,” Aresenault added. “Right now I’m making wreaths for the Hank Snow Society.”
Arsenault, 70, has received multiple awards for her dedication to volunteering.
“It’s fun and it helps other people,” she said. “It’s nice to do for others and not think about it. Just do it and hope that it helps somebody along the way.”
As far as community involvement goes, age doesn’t seem to be a factor for Arsenault.
“When you’re hittin’ up towards 70, you think ‘I’m not going to do this,’” she commented. “But I can’t imagine not doing it.”
In her spare time – which she rarely has much of – Arsenault enjoys spending time with her husband and entertaining guests. But volunteering is her true passion.
“That’s basically what I do,” she laughed. “Besides look after my husband.”

(This was published in the April 4, 2009 edition of the Truro Daily News.)

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