Family affair

For Cori and Allan Davy, volunteering is a family affair

MINDEMOYA—Cori and Allan Davy were adamant they didn’t want any fame as volunteers when The Expositor approached them for an interview, but then realized that talking about the time they give to organizations would encourage others to manifest. And they’ve given plenty of time over the years.

Mrs. Davy is very active in 4H, a wonderful organization for children and volunteers. These clubs may have started in rural areas, but they are certainly different today. Young people aged 6 to 21 are invited to join and participate in many activities.

Walk on the Wild Side is a tour of Manitoulin’s hiking trails led by Mrs. Davy and other group projects including outdoor survival skills, arts and crafts, science, financial literacy and gardening. “It’s a great program, and there are lots and lots of projects for people to do,” she says.

Ms Davy has also been busy in recent years as a volunteer with Girl Guides and is now chair of the climate action committee. She also volunteered with her husband, including working at the Manitoulin Family Resources thrift store and helping clean up the beach in Providence Bay. The Davys pointed out that it was a fun thing to do and that they got out of the house to meet new people.

“And if you don’t want to leave the house, there are other things you can do, like cooking for a church or an organization that’s having a bake sale,” Ms Davy said. Or some people would like to read to public school children. “We would love volunteers,” she said. She also pointed out that “high school students must volunteer 40 hours. Organizations should advertise. If others let people know they needed help, they would step in.

Mr. Davy has been and still is a very busy volunteer. He is a former vice president of Mindemoya Minor Hockey and volunteers for youth baseball where a few more volunteers are needed. Hockey was very busy as over 400 kids played. He praised the people who have helped the hockey season with their time and effort, enduring COVID-19 and partial seasons as Central Manitoulin continues to struggle with arenas.

Mr. Davy’s primary passion, however, is snowmobiling. He is a member of the Manitoulin Snowdusters and stresses the need for more volunteers in this area. He does trail signage and maintenance and says “the trails are only possible because of the wonderful private landowners who let us use their land.”

Ms. Davy also joined the Central Manitouiln Volunteer Fire Team when he moved to Manitoulin and is now a fire department captain.

It’s easy to see the Davy family’s passion for volunteering and helping out. “It’s a way of giving and feeling good about helping others,” Ms. Davy remarked.

Mr. Davy is originally from Oshawa and was working as an engineer when he and Ms. Davy, originally from Burk’s Falls and employed as an urban environmental planner, decided to change careers and move north. They received their teaching certificates and decided to take the first teaching jobs they could find in Northern Ontario. Luckily for Islanders, that place was Manitoulin. Mr. Davy works with at-risk students at Manitoulin High School, and Ms. Davy is a special education resource teacher. They moved to the island in 2003.

The Davys have a daughter, Autumn, who is also a volunteer. She volunteered her time to help with the kindergarten class, preparing camps and trails for 4H. She also assists the Lions Club by helping with their garage sale and food stand. She also represented her school on the township climate action committee.

This family is all about volunteering.