The Manitoba Sunflower Festival needs your help

Theresa Figurski is delighted to be the new chair of the Manitoba Sunflower Festival committee. She is searching for volunteers who want to add their skills and creativity to this year's event. LORI PENNER/Red River Valley Echo

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The Manitoba Sunflower Festival committee needs your help to make this year’s event another smash success!
Theresa Figurski recently assumed the role of Festival Chair, and says she’s looking forward to being involved in coordinating all the fun this year. “I’ve always been a big proponent of this community. I want people in this area to really appreciate what we have here. The caring and pride, defined morals and values, and always having a space for everybody.”
But Figursky knows she can’t pull off this show on her own.
This is why the committee will be holding a volunteer drive on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the MEC. “We’re looking for people who want to step up and help with this event in any way they can.”
She says they’d like to see at least 30 people come forward who would like to share their talents and help showcase the community.
People are needed for key roles and volunteers at large.
The MSF committee would like to have a social media coordinator/marketer this year, to highlight all the events and draw people in. “This would be somebody who can really drum things up, and keep this event on people’s minds in the months leading up to the festival, and during.”
They are also looking for a parade coordinator. Historically, this has been someone associated with a business and a ready pool of helpers. The willing person would spend maybe an hour or so a week sending and receiving emails, as well as marshalling and working with entries before and after the parade.
“The last few years in particular, the parade has been phenomenal, with a lot of entries, and we’d like to see that continue.
Another role they’d like to fill is an information booth coordinator, to meet and greet festival-goers and provide them with schedules and directions.
“You can volunteer in any way you want, really, whether you think you’re talented or not. No idea is off the table. Whatever area you think you’d like to help out, we’ll consider it. And even if you can’t donate your time or resources, give us a suggestion.”
Figurski says there’s all kinds of reasons you would want to volunteer at the festival.
For one, volunteering develops valuable transferable skills – project management, team work, problem solving, communication, planning, organization, prioritizing, analysis, people management, and also demonstrates dedication, persistence and commitment. “It’s also a great way to get to know people in Altona and learn things about this area you may never have known before.”
Figurski says volunteers are the backbone of many local groups, clubs and organizations. “They bring all the pieces together.”
She adds that helping out at the festival gives you an opportunity to draw people to Altona, and share its diversity, ideas, thoughts, creeds, heritage and abilities.
“And it’s not just about Altona. Our area is rich in culture and history, and so many attractions. This area sells itself. I’d like to see surrounding communities use our festival to promote the great things they have, as well. I want this to be a regular destination for people. I want them to attend every year, and get to see what a great festival and what a great community this really is.”

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