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To celebrate the outstanding contribution made by volunteers, the Mayor of Camden, Abdul Quadir, attending Tuesday’s Volunteer Recognition event at the Jewish Museum. With almost 200 volunteers, the Jewish Museum is reliant on volunteers for all its front of house operations – from gallery assistants to running the shop. The evening officially recognised the help and support the volunteers have given the Museum.
“The contribution of volunteers is essential” said Museum Director, Rickie Burman, “their dedication and enthusiasm, as well as knowledge, enhance the experience of every visitor.” In his speech the Mayor of Camden commented “Volunteers are the lifeblood of an organisation such as this”.
In a reversal of roles members of staff volunteered to run the evening - with Curators volunteering as Gallery Assistants, the Education Department learning a thing or two about the cloakroom and the Commercial and Operations Director behind the bar.
The event coincides with organisers Gina Meyer and Leonie Warner, Visitor Services and Volunteer Managers at the Jewish Museum, winning the Supporting, Managing and Encouraging Volunteers Award 2011 at the London Volunteer in Museums Awards 2011. Running events such as this demonstrates their commitment and acknowledgment of the importance of the volunteers