49 Years of Volunteerism Celebrated

Dorothy Durham was recognized as the 2016 Electoral Area B Volunteer of the Year at a Town Hall Meeting in Jaffray Monday night.

Durham is an outstanding leader who has been volunteering in the South Country since 1967. “It is difficult to summarize Dorothy’s contributions to our community,” says Area B Director Stan Doehle. “Her impact on the people of Area B can’t be measured by a specific position or time given to an organization because she has given so much to so many.”

Durham has been active with the Lady Lions, Sand Creek Seniors, Waldo Stockbreeders, Rural Crime Watch, and Jaffray Community Club, where she helped organize events like the Annual Fall Fair, community dinners and the Annual Christmas Party.  A sports enthusiast, she has organized numerous curling bonspiels and has served on the executive of the ladies golf club.

“People often call on Dorothy because of her nursing expertise and she provides tireless support to those in need in our community doing everything from providing a caring shoulder to helping with dressings, sitting with sick family members, and driving people to appointments. There is no end to her giving and she is so deserving of this honour,” adds Doehle.

Durham was presented with a small gift during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the Area B Town Hall Meeting in Jaffray.   Following the Volunteer of the Year portion of the evening, RDEK staff provided updates on a range of topics including the Jaffray and Elko Area OCP planning process, FireSmart and personal emergency preparedness, Crown land recreation in the Koocanusa Area, 5-Year Financial Plan, and South Country Fire Update.  The RCMP also attended to provide an update.

The Area A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Monday, June 6 at the Fernie Family Centre.  For a list of all the RDEK Town Hall Meetings, visit www.rdek.bc.ca.