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Incredible response from Cultural Festival volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in set-up for the ATC Cultural Festival on Sept. 6, 2022. Events are scheduled from Sept. 8-11. Image supplied by Athabasca Tribal Council/Facebook

FuseSocial has declared another successful call for volunteers for September’s ATC Cultural Festival.

In a release, the NorthStar Ford Wood Buffalo Volunteer Centre (NSFWBVC) said it recruited 460 volunteers in partnership with Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) for the annual event held Sept. 8-11, 2022.

“It was truly incredible to witness the impact of volunteerism on the execution of an event this size,” Said Rachel Wright, the NSFWBVC Coordinator. “The time, energy and effort demonstrated by ATC Cultural Festival volunteers, whether volunteering as individuals or as part of a workplace team, is a testament to the value the Wood Buffalo region places on community involvement.”

Wright called the dedication and generosity invaluable.

Their targeted campaign used the exclusive online volunteer platform, woodbuffalovolunteers.ca, as well as recruitment pop-ups leading up to the event.

“These 460 volunteers represent a total of 1,720 hours of volunteerism which equates to a monetary value of $45,580. Volunteer opportunities for the festival included event set-up and take-down, Elders transportation, food and hospitality, cultural village assistants, and volunteer check-in.”

ATC CEO Karla Buffalo said their partnership with the NSFWBVC and FuseSocial made the event a success on all levels.

“Events like the ATC Cultural Festival are about bringing the community together, and to do that, we need a community of volunteers to support the event. Our partnership with FuseSocial and the NSFWBVC had recruiting of volunteers streamlined, allowing the staff at ATC to focus on the cultural content of the Festival.”

The ATC Cultural Festival is an annual event celebrating and promoting appreciation and understanding of language, art, culture and traditions of Indigenous people, including the Cree, Déne and Métis.