Hats Off to Great Volunteers

Two long-time Friends volunteers received provincial recognition recently as part of the 2013 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

Judy Fletcher and John Bufton

Judy Fletcher and John Bufton

The husband-and-wife team of John Bufton and Judy Fletcher have spent countless hours volunteering their time with the Friends of Murphys Point since almost the inception of the organization. Both have served on the Board of Directors and have shared their many talents on a wide array of projects: from helping to build nesting platforms and birdhouses to developing creative ideas for education programs to assisting with children’s activities and programs such as Archaeo Apprentice and Super Kids In Parks to manning barbecues and selling raffle tickets – to name just a few.

Recently, John and a team of volunteers worked together to build and enhance the ore wagon display along the Silver Queen Mine. Judy recently finished a term as a director, but continues to assist in the Friends Corner of the Park Store and frequently lends her artistic talents to the Friends.

President Stephanie Gray accompanied the pair to Kingston on June 18 where John and Judy were among hundreds receiving recognition for their years of volunteer service in Ontario. The awards and reception are hosted annually by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. John and Judy received 15-year pins in the ceremony.

John and Judy receiving their 15-year pins.

John and Judy receiving their 15-year pins.

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Congratulations, John and Judy, and a heartfelt thank you from the Friends of Murphys Point for your devotion to the organization and the park for so many years! We are so glad to have you!

John and Judy with MPP Steve Clark.

John and Judy with MPP Steve Clark.

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