Wehrstein receives volunteer award

Wehrstein receives volunteer award

Posted: 2021-07-26 12:49:17 By: thebay

The words were flowing during this year's Muskoka Novel Marathon, and not simply on the pages as the event celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

Not only did the event featuring 65 writers participating virtually raise just over $10,000 for literacy programming in Muskoka, but long time event convenor KM Wehrstein received a Star Volunteer Award from YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka.

Wehrstein is the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s the longest serving committee member; having spent 12 years performing various roles and duties for the event.

Wehrstein acknowledges the work it takes to put on an event such as the marathon, even virtually.

She says, "without MNM volunteers, there would be no MNM, so we absolutely appreciate the recognition for our hard work."

Since its inception the Muskoka Novel Marathon has raised more than $230,000 for adult literacy programming in Muskoka, helping to ensure that classes in basic communications such as reading and writing, English as a Second Language, and other essential programs remain accessible to the people who need them in our communities.

To show their appreciation for the two decades of support, the YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka revealed the Star Volunteer Award this year to acknowledge the efforts of the volunteers who make the Muskoka Novel Marathon possible.

The Muskoka Novel Marathon is a 72-hour writing marathon that takes place over a weekend in July. All funds raised go directly towards supporting adult literacy programs through the YMCA.

To learn more about past and future events, visit