The Miramichi Senior Sawdust Makers Association are extending a sense of community well beyond their shop.
Whether they’re building tables for a nearby retirement home, or fixing benches that have fallen into disrepair, the Miramichi Senior Sawdust Makers Association clearly relish the opportunity to help others. The various projects they’ve completed so far signal not only the tangible benefits of volunteerism, but also the sense of fellowship and well-being that comes from serving a broader community.
Contributing to the community is especially rewarding for Boothby. As he reflects on a thank-you card the Sawdust Makers received from a nearby seniors centre, it’s clear that such expressions of gratitude have left an indelible mark.
It’s a highlight,” he says, “to know that people who are older than me are enjoying what we do.”
For Mike Wyatt, a retired teacher from Fort McMurray, joining the club has given him a chance to get to know people in his recently adopted community. Even though he knew little about woodworking when he started, Wyatt has found the shop to be a welcoming place where mentors are generous with their time.
Having put aside the trepidation he initially felt about joining a new group, he now encourages others to do the same.
“It’s not as frightening as one might think,” he says. “You just got to get out there and do it.”