Reg Braun named top volunteer 0
A long-time volunteer with the Corn and Apple Festival has been selected as Morden's Volunteer of the Year.
"Morden is fortunate to have many generous volunteers, and our community foundation is proud to shine the spotlight on one of them each year," the board of the Morden Area Foundation said in announcing Reg Braun will be receiving the award.
As Volunteer of the Year, Braun will have the privilege of choosing the recipient a $1,000 grant to be awarded by the foundation.
Braun has been a volunteer with the Morden Corn and Apple Festival since 1999 and has served as vice chairperson, co-chairperson for two years with his wife Allison and was president of the festival board from 2004 to 2010.
He is currently serving as director of public relations for the festival.
"He believed that it was important for the festival to demonstrate its commitment to improvement by contributing financially to this project over a five-year period," said the festival board.
"He has opened his home to accommodate entertainers during the festival to help keep costs down, and he helps with the annual fundraising and sponsorship campaign and often acts as photographer for the festival."
The board noted Braun has taken the Corn and Apple Festival from an event with a budget of less than $80,000 to a $220,000 event through inventive fundraising programs.
In addition to the Morden Corn and Apple Festival, Braun has been an active participant on many other volunteer organizations:
- past organizer and canvasser for the annual Canadian Cancer Society campaigns;
- founding chairperson of the Morden Marketing Team;
- Member on the Morden and District Museum board of directors;
- served on the personnel committee and renaming and rebranding committee which chose the name Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre;
- consulting member of the Manitoba Homecoming 2010 committee both provincially and on the Morden celebrations;
- took a leading role as a member of the Pembina Valley delegation on the Manitoba Destination Mission to southern Alberta in 2010.
Braun was named first runner up for the Pembina Valley Tourism Association Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011.