While the cold might send some running for cover, Jacky Rollin embraces it.

As Winterlude prepares to kick off its 31st edition in a few weeks, the Cumberland resident has again signed up to volunteer.

“I love it,” said Rollin, a 15-year-volunteer. “I think it’s a way of giving back to the community. If there were no volunteers, I don’t think this event would go.”
She’s worked as a volunteer co-ordinator in Confederation Park, in Jacques-Cartier Park and as a co-ordinator for the Ice Hogs.

Winterlude, which runs from Feb. 6 to 22, requires 700 volunteers annually. Yesterday, the National Capital Commission once again put out the call.

“It’s a wonderful way to be a part of the celebration,” said NCC spokeswoman Julie Rocheleau. “We’ve been doing Winterlude for such a long time that it’s really well organized. It’s just a great overall experience.”

It would seem people ag­ree — the return rate for volunteers is 65 per cent, she said. Those interested can ca­ll the NCC at 613-239-5373 or e-mail volunteer_benevoles@ncc-ccn.ca.

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