TIGNISH – This year’s Tignish Citizen of the Year has been a tireless volunteer for over 18 different causes and organizations in her community.
Rae Ann Kinch was bestowed the honour during the wrap-up of the Tignish Irish Moss Festival on Sunday evening.
Kinch not only volunteered but took on leadership roles in many of her endeavours.
Reading her award citation, John Handrahan, who presented the award, noted that, “Many time’s her dedication, organizational talents and skills contributed greatly to the success of the efforts of the event or organization.”
She led religious classes for children as well as CWL activities for the St. Simon & St. Jude parish. She raised funds for cancer research in Run for the Cure and Relay for Life. She volunteered countless hours for sports-related organizations, including figure skating, hockey and ball.
“She was a key figure in bringing the 2012 Peewee AA Baseball Atlantics tournament to Tignish, an event that was a great success for our community,” added Handrahan.
In 2012 Kinch was the Zone 1 representative on the Provincial Home & School Board. The following year, she was a key organizer in the Legion ball field upgrades and the Tignish Home & School Playground Project that raised funds to purchase and install new equipment.
She has been active in helping organize the Irish Folk Festival, Tignish Silver Fox Winter Carnival, and Irish Moss Festival.
This past year she initiated an event to bring seniors and singles in the community together for a meal and fellowship during the winter months.
“In three events, over 400 meals were served and over 130 persons gathered each time… Persons new to our community had the opportunity to make more connections and seniors the chance to renew old ties.”