This is what Jean had to say about receiving this award...
When Maureen, our treasured Variety Volunteer Manager, told me I was to receive the "Hey Rube" award I simply thought it was one given out periodically to volunteers to encourage them to keep showing up for events. When I foud out that this wasn't the case, but that it was a special and prestigious award, I thought why me? It was a very humbling experience.
Maureen sent me a list of all the various jobs I had done over the last few years and even I was impressed! But what a lot of fun and enjoyment I've had along the way - and all for a good cause! I have met so many nice and incredible people. The Variety staff, the board members, the other volunteers, the wonderful donors, and of course, the children.
I began my volunteering as a child in England during World War II, selling poppies, primroses, lifeboat flags and all the other tokens worn in lapels on special days throughout the year. Later, I volunteered with Brownies and Girl Guides, selling cookies and eventually helping lead a troop.
When I managed to gain a spot answering phones for the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, I was hooked! It has been, and continues to be, a great ride. That is why I always encourage present volunteers to continue volunteering and those who are thinking about it to give it a try. You meet wonderful people and have the opportunity to give back to those who need it most - children who have special needs and their families.
Thank you for choosing me to receive this award. What an honour!
Jean List June 2011
Jean receives her "Hey Rube" Award from Variety President, Dave McConachie.
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