Local Volunteer Teresa Sullivan passes on

BARRY’S BAY – Many organizations will feel the loss of one of their most active volunteers. The life of Teresa Sullivan was dedicated to volunteering and the list of organizations and projects to which she contributed is lengthy.

Born to the late Angus G. Etmanskie and Tessie Etmanskie in 1937, Teresa was married to Greg J. Sullivan for 68 years and they raised five sons. Despite the demands of raising a family, Sullivan seems to have had an inexhaustible amount of energy and commitment for the causes she supported.

Viola Cybulski, who is herself a very active volunteer involved in many organizations, remembered Sullivan as a very hard worker. Cybulski said, “She was a very hard worker and when she started something the job was done one hundred percent.”

In addition to giving her time, Sullivan was generous in the many items she donated as prizes for item bingo games. Theresa Prince and Viola Cybulski both commented that she could always be relied upon to donate welcomed items. Microwaves were even among the contributions she made to these events.

Sullivan volunteered her time with the local figure skating club, the recreation committee, the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, the Girl Guides, the CWL and St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Parish in Barry’s Bay. She also drove cancer patients and was very involved in hockey. It is said that she knew all of the rules for hockey and could be seen frequently at the local games.

Sullivan also helped coordinate the 1983 Village Anniversary Celebrations in Barry’s Bay and collected many stories from locals in support of this event. She was instrumental in the opening of the arena and influenced local politics by lobbying to remove the ward system.

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