In this uncertain time, in which we are witnessing sides of humanity that both shock and disappoint us, we can look to the shining examples of generosity within our community. Laurie MacNab is one such person, whose work in Milton has designated her Volunteer of the Year in 2020. But MacNab’s affinity for charity work began many years ago.
Laurie MacNab was raised on the Escarpment in the 50s and 60s, amidst a busy household of six children. There she and her siblings helped out with chores and volunteered outside the home as they grew older.
Though Laurie spent most of her career working in national advertising and marketing, as she moved closer to retirement, she began to develop deeper ties to her community through volunteer work. MacNab joined the Board of Directors for home care provider Acclaim Health in 2002. Her work in this field e xpanded w hen s he s igned on as a general volunteer at Allendale Long Term Care in 2011 and joined the Halton Healthcare Services Patient and Family Advisory Committee in 2013.
Additionally, Laurie committed many years to organizing Milton Canada Day as part of the planning committee, as well as volunteering with the Optimist Club of Milton and the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. She is also a life member and past president of the Royal Canadian Legion, where she focused on care and pensions for the Veterans.
MacNab and her husband David (now deceased) spent many wonderful years in Milton – building their log home in the country in the 1990s, where they grew berries, and raised ducks and geese. Laurie now spends her time skiing, line dancing, practicing yoga and pilates, and attending local musical performances in Halton.
Of her extensive volunteerism, Laurie says, “I am very proud to be following in my Dad’s footsteps. He was very involved in building Milton to what it is today.” The Volunteer of the Year recipient said she heard about the nomination only when it was announced publicly. “I did not know my name was being put forward. But there is a group of rascals who did this for me and I am actually very pleased! I am a proud Miltonian and I must say I am in good company when I see the other nominees. My Dad and Mom and husband would be so proud.”