It's a week to celebrate the work that volunteers do in their communities. National Volunteer week runs from April 15-21. Mike HansenMike Hansen doing what he loves.
Mike Hansen has been volunteering with the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society since 1989 and has seen a lot happen there over the years.
"Our crowning achievement, I think there was two of them," he recalled. "The demolition derby, which ended up one of the biggest ones in Western Canada -- we had 100 plus cars; and my favourite, bringing the (WPCA) chuckwagons to Drumheller -- there was a lot of work done, but there was a huge benefit from it."
That, said Hansen, is a key part of why has has volunteered for nearly 30 years.
"It makes you feel good," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "The community benefits from it, there's no doubt about that, and at the end of the day you go home and you can feel good about what you've done."
It's not all sunshine and rainbows, admitted Hansen, but he believes the good far outweighs the bad when it comes to volunteering.
"As long as you do what you're passionate about, I think that's what makes the difference; if you're passionate about it, it's not an issue" he explained. "There's a lot of things that don't work the way you want, but it's what you want to do so in the long run, it works out."

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