News - 4th March 2020

Extreme volunteering


Have you ever heard of “Extreme Volunteering”? Neither had we until Annie Bellemare and Laura Cornelissen came onto our radar. Both of these awesome women have taken their parkrun volunteering roles way beyond Saturday morning. You won’t believe where they have volunteered…!


First up is Annie Bellemare, Quebec Ambassador and French Translation Ambassador here in Canada. Annie translates many articles and other posts into French for our Social Media channels.


In January, Annie took a step back from translating to prepare for the arrival of her second child, Elliot. However, this didn’t stop her from responding to a translation request from her hospital bed, minutes after giving birth after 26-hour labour!




Annie joked about wearing her high-vis at the time…but her husband Nic was actually wearing his volunteer milestone t-shirt while supporting Annie through the birth!


3. Extreme volunteering - Nic


No sooner had we heard about Annie volunteering during childbirth, another wonderwoman popped up – Laura Cornelissen, a parkrun USA Ambassador.



In another act of extreme volunteering, Laura submitted the paperwork to launch the upcoming Danehy Park parkrun in Cambridge, MA during early contractions. Little Lachlan was born around 12 hours later!



Laura says “although I missed parkrun the following day, I have been able to make appearances with baby Lachlan every week since!” Lachlan will likely attend Danehy Park parkrun’s inaugural event on March 21; as well as his Mom being the Ambassador, his Dad Drew is one of the Event Directors!



We’re in awe of these multi-tasking “Extreme Volunteers” – and wish both families huge congratulations on the arrival of their two new mini-parkrunners!


By Becky Maybury, parkrun Canada

Share this with friends:

Kiwanis Feature Photo March 31

Quand le monde vire à l’envers

La dernière fois que parkrun Kiwanis a publié un article pour ce blogue, c’était suite à une magnifique journée ensoleillée peu après la fête du Canada.  Les choses semblaient prêtes pour une autre belle année ; le 7 mars, ils ont enregistré un taux de participation record pour la Journée internationale de la femme (avec…

Kiwanis finish line

When the world gets turned upside down

The last time Kiwanis parkrun provided a post for this blog, it was shortly after a gloriously sunny Canada Day. Things seemed set for another great year; on the 7th of March, they had a record turnout for International Women’s Day event (with a record number of paper towel rolls donated to the Anova women’s…