Welcome Week is a time to show off local life and celebrate our volunteers

By David F. Rooney
It’s welcome week, that time of year when Revelstokians go out of their way to welcome both permanent and temporary newcomers to our city and celebrate the volunteers who really make this community tick.
“Some people may be a little cynical about it, but the reason we do Welcome Week at this time of year is because obviously we want to engage the most people in the community as we can,” says Social Development Coordinator Jill Zacharias. “And there are all kinds of newcomers who have come here from long distances to work and ski and… and beyond that it’s not just for the seasonal folk — it’s for everybody.”
The line up for activities during Welcome Week is pretty impressive. There’s free public transportation, free admission to the Revelstoke Museum, free Yoga classes, free Hawaiian dancing, the Trackside Children’s Christmas Party at the Railway Museum, live art, bowling, all kinds of events that put you in touch with the life pulse of our pocket-sized city. It is also an opportunity to celebrate volunteers and perhaps sign up new people who’d like to give back to the community by volunteering their time for just about every organization under the sun.
If you are one of those people who’d like to make a difference, please come to the Community Centre on Thursday, November 26, for the Volunteer Fair from 4 and 7 pm.
You can talk with representatives from Revelstoke’s many societies, witness the Spirit of Revelstoke Awards Ceremony and, for $5 a plate, enjoy the Community Dinner. Click here to learn more about the Spirit of Revekstoke Awards.