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Pictou County Fuel Fund recognizes community contributions

Pictured at the Pictou County Fuel Fund’s annual general meeting are board member Troy MacDonald; Wayne and Carmel Margeson of The Dock; Charlie Parker, president of the Rotary Club of Westville; Trecia Schell and Michelle Davey representing the Pictou County Chapter of 100 Women Who Care; PCFF chairperson Roseanne MacGregor; board member Anthony Conway. Missing from the photo is Cherry Paris, recipient of the Pictou County Fuel Fund Founder's Award. CONTRIBUTED
Pictured at the Pictou County Fuel Fund’s annual general meeting are board member Troy MacDonald; Wayne and Carmel Margeson of The Dock; Charlie Parker, president of the Rotary Club of Westville; Trecia Schell and Michelle Davey representing the Pictou County Chapter of 100 Women Who Care; PCFF chairperson Roseanne MacGregor; board member Anthony Conway. Missing from the photo is Cherry Paris, recipient of the Pictou County Fuel Fund Founder's Award. CONTRIBUTED - Contributed

Several individuals, businesses, and organizations were recognized for their contributions to the Pictou County Fuel Fund during its annual general meeting, held June 13 at Summer Street Industries.
Cherry Paris was the recipient of the Pictou County Fuel Fund Founder's Award, presented to someone who has played a significant role in creating and/or establishing the Pictou County Fuel Fund. Paris was the chairperson of the Pictou County Council of Churches when the Fuel Fund was established in 2006 as a result of the organization’s social action committee seeing a need to help local residents who were struggling to keep warm during the winter months. Paris has always been a strong voice and advocate for seeking and promoting social justice. She was a long-serving PCFF board member before her much-deserved retirement in 2015. 
The Pictou County Fuel Fund Tim Horton’s Community Service award was presented to the Pictou County Chapter of 100 Women Who Care, acknowledging their recent donation to the Fuel Fund.  In the spirit of giving, this group of local women commit to donating $100 each, four times a year to deserving charities that are chosen during their meetings. 
The Tim Horton’s Community Award is presented in appreciation of a community event or events organized with the intent to donate the funds raised to PCFF. The award is named in recognition of the generous contributions made by the local Tim Horton’s restaurants over the years through the Smile Cookie Campaign.
The Pictou County Fuel Fund Ambassador’s Award is presented in appreciation of annual donations that further the work of PCFF.  This year, the award was given to Wayne and Carmel Margeson, owners of The Dock in New Glasgow.  
The Pictou County Fuel Fund Award of Merit recognizes individuals, businesses and community organizations for their outstanding contribution to the Pictou County Fuel Fund by providing repeated significant financial contributions.  This year’s recipient was the Rotary Club of Westville. Through their generous donations to the Fuel Fund over the past few years, the Rotary Club of Westville have assisted more than a dozen families in ensuring that “No Child Goes Cold in Pictou County.”
Through the efforts of the PCFF board members and generous contributions from local businesses, individuals, schools, municipalities, service groups and other organizations, including 100 Women Who Care, the Margesons, and the Rotary Club of Westville, during the 2018-2019 heating season, 222 families were assisted.
The Fuel Fund provides oil, wood, wood pellets or propane to families in urgent need during the colder months of the year. Intended for those who are dangerously close to running out of fuel to heat their home and who have no financial means to pay for fuel, eligible families may use this support once per heating season.

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