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Volunteerism has been a part of Neil Dollard's life since he was a young man growing up in Stephenville Crossing. Neil began his community service in 1964 when he was elected to council, and at the age of 24 became the youngest councillor ever elected up to that time. Neil became a charter member of the first volunteer Fire Department in 1966 and later became chief, a position he served in for 10 years. He retired from the Fire Department in 1996 after 30 years of service. During his time with the fire department, Neil saw the department grow from one pickup truck with hoses, to a well equipped department with a modern fire truck, a fully equipped rescue vehicle, and excellent fire fighting and rescue equipment.

In 1978 Neil was hired as Town Manager, a position he served in until his retirement in 2002. Over the 24 years he worked at the Town Office, Neil has been part of the many positive changes in Stephenville Crossing. He worked with 6 Mayors and councils to improve services such as paved streets, sidewalks, water and sewer services, and the development of several recreational areas.

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In his capacity as Town Manager and Fire Chief, he worked closely with organizations such as Search and Rescue, Federation of Municipalities, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Chiefs and Firefighters, and a 4 year position as Board Member, of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Municipal Administrators.

His most recent volunteer work has been as a member of SCECC (Stephenville Crossing Environmental Conservation Committee). Neil is the present Chairperson of the committee. He became involved in conservation, while still in his position as Town Manager. When work stopped on the filling in of the Prairie Pond, Neil soon got hooked on the restoration of the Prairie Pond Habitat. Since his retirement he has become an ardent birdwatcher and naturalist, provides tours of the Habitat, and promotes conservation at every opportunity. Neil and Councillor Hayward Young represent and promote our conservation projects at meetings of the Stewardship Association of Municipalities each year.

St. Michaels School is located adjacent to the Habitat and Neil has encourged the staff to use the Prairie Pond Habitat as an outdoor classroom, to teach children about ecosystems, biodiversity, and the need for protection and conservation in their own community.

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