YARMOUTH - A woman who has been volunteering with Children’s Wish Foundation for over 29 years in the Yarmouth area, serving as a volunteer and sub-chapter coordinator, received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recently.
The medal celebrates individuals those who make significant contributions to their community and have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Jean Doucette has been part of making 60 heartfelt wishes come true. She’s been instrumental in all aspects of Children’s Wish from organizing and planning events, raising funds, coordinating volunteers, and bringing the community together to grant wishes.
She can recall the very first wish that she was part of, all those years ago, like it was yesterday. She was known as “The fairy that gives wishes.”
Cheryl Matthews, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada regional director, Atlantic Region, says Doucette told her that on days when she gets tired or discouraged, she remembers, as clear as a bell, the words from a very special wish child: ‘The best day of my life was when I got my wish.’ This motivates her to keep giving,” said Matthews.
In addition to the many fundraising events that Doucette co-ordinates - from Princess Tea Parties to Wishmaker Walks - she and her volunteer family have always been influential to the magic of Wishnic.
“Wishnic holds a special place in Doucette’s heart as it’s a chance for her to reconnect with the families she has come to care so deeply for over the years,” said Matthews.
Doucette’s medal was presented at Upper Clements Park because she’s been organizing Wish Nik for 15 years since it began. All the Wish families in Nova Scotia are invited to spend the day at the park free.
“The park supplies the bracelets and the barbecue so Children's Wish thought this was the ideal place to present the medal,” said Doucette.
Matthews says Jean holds a special place in the hearts of those involved with the Foundation. “We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate Jean for her dedication, contribution, and hard work over the many years she has positively represented Children’s Wish in her community.”
A small sampling of Children's Wish Foundation work that Jean has been involved with in the past