Volunteers from the local Interior Savings Credit Union and Insurance Office descended on the Baillie House on the afternoon of Oct. 21 to volunteer their time as part of the annual Day of Difference, which falls on International Credit Union Day.
Twelve individuals from the credit union branch and four from the insurance office pitched in to help tidy the gardens, rake leaves in the yard, dusted down the Visitors’ Centre and washed windows at the historic property.
“The Baillie House is an important hub in the community, used for local events and to welcome visitors to the community,” said Tami DeSimone of the Merritt Branch.
“Our team has volunteered there in past and really enjoyed it. Staff enjoy the day of being out in the community volunteering. It was missed last year due to the pandemic and Provincial Health Orders, and we are looking forward to being out and about again this year.”
Most volunteers at the Baillie House are seniors, so having a crew pitch in with some of the more demanding physical tasks.
“We really appreciate that, that they come and do that for us,” said Baillie House Manager, Sandy Curnow, who is pleased that the property will be ready for winter by the time the Interior Savings volunteers are done for the day.