Graeme and Noelene Anderson have been officially recognized as the 2016 Electoral Area F Volunteers of the Year.
The Andersons are passionate and caring volunteers and are well known to hockey enthusiasts in the Valley. “Graeme and Noelene spend countless hours fundraising and organizing volunteers for every Columbia Valley Rockies game, in addition to the hours they spend personally volunteering,” says Area F Director Wendy Booth.
Graeme is currently the President of the Rockies. In the past year he has organized the annual golf tournament and bull riding fundraiser, led a successful campaign to raise funds for a new bus for the players, organized the pond hockey and sold fundraising tickets at the market. Noelene is also very active in supporting the team. For the past five years, she has sold merchandise at every game, taken photos, organized the puck toss, done the team’s social media posts, supported the players, organized parent nights, and encouraged minor hockey teams to attend the Rockies games by organizing tickets. She not only organizes the “7th Rookie” where one Timbit/Novice player gets to be on the ice with the team at the start of each game, but also donates a small gift for each Rookie.
“The time, energy and heart that they put in to the team and the community is truly remarkable,” adds Booth. “They give countless hours and they do it all with a smile.”
The Andersons were presented with gifts from the RDEK during a Volunteer of the Year ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the Area F Town Hall Meeting in Fairmont. Following the Volunteer of the Year portion of the evening, Director Booth provided an overview of her activities and RDEK staff provided updates on a range of topics including the upcoming phases of Fairmont Flood and Debris Flow Mitigation project, FireSmart and personal emergency preparedness, and Five-Year Financial Plan..
There will be an additional Area F Town Hall Meeting held in Windermere on July 4th and an Area G meeting will soon be scheduled as well. For a list of all the RDEK Town Hall Meetings, visit www.rdek.bc.ca.