Volunteer Spirit Award – Dave Stuart

Tiffany Brown (Volunteer Saint John ) with Louise Armstrong (The Salvation Army) accepting the certificate on behalf of Dave Stuart

Dave Stuart began volunteering when The Salvation Army partnered with Canaport to develop the Jack Frost program. They take their Community Response Unit out every Tuesday night and provide a meal for the residents of Reading Crescent. Dave is an employee of Canaport and saw the value in this program. He trained to drive the truck and takes every shift that he is not working, as he is a shift worker. From there Dave got involved with the truck going out to events and emergency situations. He took many shifts to help feed those affected by last years flood. Dave participated in the memorial event for the fallen officers of Fredericton. He also took shifts to help out with the Ground Search and Rescue operations for the missing man from Martinon.

Dave was a part of the Salvation Army Christmas events such as the Santa Shuffle and the Toy and Turkey drive. He has taken the truck to be serviced and gave of his personal finances in replacing 2 tires on the unit. Dave also has taken vacation days in order to get the truck where it needs to be in order to serve those in need. He has trained other drivers, taken a course in Emergency Disaster and food safety. Dave is currently part of the planning process with the preparations for the anticipated flooding of 2019. He will be representing the emergency disaster department of The Salvation Army as he attends a meeting with Saint John EMO.

Whether we are feeding children, fund raising for those in need at Christmas or stepping up to help out in a disaster situation Dave Stuart has proven to be a volunteer they can count on to get things done properly. He serves people with compassion and humbleness. His nominator had this to say… “I have many volunteers in my roster and they are all very good people but once in a while you get one that stands out among the crowd and Dave is that guy.”