Small business: the engine of volunteerism

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Jeff Dunfield

By Nadine Eagles-Harvie

THE HANTS JOURNAL

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Jeff and Donna Dunfield are more than just successful business owners they are the engine behind numerous community initiatives.  

It comes as no surprise that their family owned business, Jeff’s Service Center in Falmouth, was chosen as this year’s provincial representative for Volunteer Business of the Year for the Municipality of West Hants. 

West Hants recreation director Kathy Kehoe said it’s hard to list how many community projects the Dunfield's have had a hand in.

“They are involved in so many things, but what really impressed me were all those things we weren’t even aware of. They just quietly do so much.”

For 18 years Jeff Dunfield was a member of the Windsor Lions Club and for 15 years has hauled the Princess Windsor float.  Jeff’s Service Center hauls several floats during the run of a year for local parades and community celebrations.

The couple was instrumental in creating the Falmouth mini-park and reviving the annual Teddy Bear Jamboree.  They have also served on the Falmouth Hall committee. 

As members of the Windsor and West Hants JC’s, Dunfield helped to operate the Windsor Tourist Bureau, raise funds for community organizations and open the first beer garden festival at the Hants County Exhibition.

Dunfield has also mentored many young people through the Scouting program and has worked for more than a decade with community college peer groups.

But the person who really gets things done he said is his wife Donna.  “She doesn’t want to be front and center, she in the background keeping up the fort; she’s the brains behind everything.”

“Over the years we have always been involved in volunteerism in some way.  We take from our community so we don’t mind putting back into it; that’s what keeps a community strong.”

Jeff’s Service Center has also been involved with the Winterpalooza, Sam Slick Festival and Pumpkin Festival.

Organizations: Service Center in Falmouth, Municipality of West Hants, Windsor Lions Club Falmouth Hall committee Windsor Tourist Bureau Hants County Exhibition.Dunfield Retail Gas Dealers Association

Geographic location: Jeff, West Hants JC

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