Bev & Daryl Williamson
Bev & Daryl Williamson from 150 Mile House are long-time volunteers with the Williams Lake Stampede Association, and as momentum builds toward the 2013 event, they say that the Stampede is an exciting, defining event for the community.
Bev has been a Stampede Association Director for the past 10 years. She helps in the office, answering phones, organizing sponsorship packages, tickets and more – working as a liaison for all the events and ‘departments’ in the Stampede Association.
“The Stampede has been an important part of our families since we were young. Daryl’s dad was a Director for about 10 years, and my parents volunteered with the Stampede for years,” she explained. “When I was little I used to help by selling tickets – they used to cost 50 cents.”
Daryl has run the beer garden for years, and also brings an excavator and other equipment from his business for projects on the Stampede grounds. “Our kids and our grandkids all come home for Stampede,” he continued. “In the 30 years we’ve been married we have missed only one year at the Williams Lake Stampede.”
The Williams Lake Stampede is a year-round project for the dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, but the weeks leading up to the Stampede are a real build-up of anticipation and excitement. There are ‘work bees’ on the grounds where volunteers do things like paint, sweep, clean, trim weeds and mow grass and move fences and corrals.
Bev and Daryl said that volunteers are much-needed and very welcome. “On Stampede weekend we have people helping in the beer garden, selling and taking tickets, running the concession, moving animals and taking water around to the volunteers – there is something for everyone,” she said. “We’ve made some of our best friends over the years of volunteering for the Stampede Association. Like our president, Fred Thomas says, “We’re here to have fun.”
Another unique benefit of volunteering is the fact that it ‘gives back’ to many groups and organizations throughout the community.”
“The firemen do the concession as a fundraiser, 4-H kids collect all the bottles and cans, and we donate to the Cancer Society through our ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ campaign,” she said. “We support minor hockey and we support the Stampeders – we’re proud of the fact that this community is so incredibly diverse.”
For more information about volunteering for the Williams Lake Stampede, phone 250 392-6585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.