How would you like to be described as the salt of the earth and the nicest human on the planet? That would be a pretty great feeling, right? Well, we had the pleasure of meeting this fantastic person at Timeraiser 2018 and now we have the privilege of interviewing him for this edition of the Power of 1.
Please meet Benny Weavers.
Benny moved to Fort McMurray in April of 2013 from Vancouver, BC. Joining him was his wife Heidi and together they jumped into their community with full force! Through connections at work, Benny started to get involved with some key organizations including the United Way, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank and the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club.
As well, through Heidi’s position at North Star Ford, the Wevers formed a great relationship with Spencer Biegun, now with Waypoints (formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society). Spencer is also an active member of our community and immediately began engaging Heid and Benny in volunteer opportunities.
Benny likes to joke that he would be “volun-told” by his wife to get involved! But, as a lifelong volunteer who grew up volunteering with his father as part of the Cloverdale, BC Business Improvement Association and the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce I would hazard a guess that volunteering simply makes up the fabric of who he is as a person.
When asked why he volunteers, Benny reflected, “I believe it’s important to be part of a community. If you are fortunate enough to be able to give back, you should take that opportunity. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from, it should just be something that you do. And, I feel like in Fort McMurray; it’s just part of the culture here. It’s one of the best cities I’ve been involved with as far as everyone pitching in and looking out for one another.”
Benny’s future plans include getting involved on a committee of some sort. He’s a “do-er” and wants to jump in to something that can really make a difference in his community. The best part of volunteering? Meeting the people you get to volunteer with. Some of the nicest people he’s met has been through volunteer engagements. Coming from the “nicest person on the planet”, as Spencer Biegun describes Benny this is a big testament!
So, if you are interested in meeting the nice humans in the world, start volunteering in the community! I have no doubt your paths will cross