Published January 1, 2009
NEPEAN, Ontario, Canada (BP) — From handing out coffee and hot chocolate at intersections to cleaning up after the local Christmas parade, Sequoia Community Church members have made service an integral part of their mission since the Ottawa-area church was born about nine years ago.
The city of Nepean and greater metro area noticed – Sequoia was presented the Service Club/Non-Profit Organization of the Year award at the annual Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce awards dinner this fall.
Sequoia was the only church among six nominees for the award. The others included the Lions Club and a Muslim organization.
In receiving the award Rick Lamotheis, the church’s pastor, gave an acceptance speech before about 300 Nepean community leaders.
One of the first service initiatives was handing out hot coffee to motorists at busy intersections – prompting Donna Boisvert, now the church’s care minister and serve team leader, to start attending Sequoia.
She has organized Sequoia’s effort to pick up trash after Nepean’s annual Christmas parade for the past three years – an effort that began after parade organizers would not let the church hand out materials during the parade.
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