As part of National Volunteer Week (April 14–20), we’d like to shine a spotlight on a couple of our volunteers receiving milestone awards this year.
Five-year Milestone Award – Tabitha Wells
Tabitha Wells headshot
Tabitha has been supporting our work for five years as a volunteer writer for our Celebrating Women and HOPE magazines.
Here’s what Tabitha had to say about her commitment to volunteering with us: “The work Family Transition Place (FTP) has done in our community, and continues to do in our community, has been life-changing for so many people. They have created positive change, not just in raising awareness and understanding about gender-based violence, but in being a voice for inclusion and diversity, expanding education and more. FTP has been a lifeline for so many in our community. It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to help FTP achieve those goals, even if it’s through the smallest of contributions.”
10-year Milestone Award – Debbie VanWyck

Debbie VanWyck leaning on table in blue sweater photo by Joy Blackburn

Debbie has been supporting our annual fundraising events as a volunteer for the last 10 years, but her involvement as a volunteer with FTP stretches beyond that.
Here is what Debbie had to say about her commitment to volunteering with us: “Volunteering has always been intrinsic to my nature. However, being involved with FTP feels like becoming a member of a close-knit family. The incredible women I’ve encountered through FTP are the epitome of warmth and generosity. It’s akin to finding a sisterhood among them. Despite the passage of time, whenever we reunite, there’s an overwhelming sense of joy and connection. Contributing to an organization dedicated to supporting vulnerable women and children who have been victims of abuse fills me with a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment. “
Photo of Debbie by Joy Blackburn
Also receiving milestone awards this year:
Denyse Horner – 5 years
Gillian Vanderburgh – 20 years

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