2020 Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year Celebrated

The RDEK is celebrating its 2020 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award recipients.

“We have always said that volunteers are the heart of our communities. This year, more than any other in recent memory, we have seen that ring true,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “This year’s award recipients have enriched our region in so many ways. It is an honour to celebrate them and to publicly thank them for their tireless efforts, their generous hearts and their profound impact in our rural communities.” 

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Area A – Brent Bidston
  • Area B – Bonnie Crosson
  • Area E – Larry Gould
  • Area F – Lyle Wilson
  • Area G – Hedi Trescher

The RDEK did not receive any nominations for Electoral Area C.

“From providing angel flights, to keeping rural libraries open, donating equipment and supplies to those in need, spearheading outdoor recreation initiatives, supporting rural agriculture and preserving vital history, this year’s volunteers of the year have left a permanent mark on our region through their efforts,” adds Gay.  

Although the community celebrations could not be held this year due to the ongoing pandemic, volunteers have been presented with a gift of appreciation on behalf of the RDEK.

Additional Quotes:    

  • “From starting up Elk Valley Air Search and Rescue, to volunteering as a ski patroller or setting up the Angel Flight program for the East Kootenay, Brent’s entire life it devoted to supporting and helping others. He is an incredible example of selflessness and an inspiration for so many in this Valley.” - Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski
  • “Bonnie has spent 40-years volunteering is the Grasmere Area. She was instrumental in keeping the Grasmere United Church open for many years, has been a pivotal long time member and Treasurer of the Triangle Women’s Institute and devoted countless hours to the local 4-H club while raising her four children. She is a treasured resident of the South Country and it’s wonderful to see her recognized with this honour.” – Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle.
  • “One of Larry’s nominators said it best when they described him as the spirit of the community. From donating his equipment and water truck to help during local fires, to his generous support of the skating rink and ballpark and donation of wood for local ranchers to use as bedding for their animals, Larry’s kindness knows no bounds. He is an outstanding contributor to our community.” – Electoral Area E Director, Jane Walter.
  • “Whether you see him volunteering with the Toby Creek Nordic Club, chairing the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance, or working behind the scenes on the Whiteway or Markin MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail, you can’t look at our Valley without seeing the impact of Lyle’s volunteerism and vision.  His commitment to encouraging a culture of health and fitness and his decades of contributions to the people of this Valley are truly commendable.” – Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok
  • “For more than 50 years Hedi has been an exemplary volunteer in Area G and across the Valley. She continues to be a mainstay of the Brisco and District Community Association and is a passionate advocate for local food production and food security. Hedi is a role model for volunteerism and embodies the spirit of community. It is wonderful to be able to show our collective appreciation for her efforts through this award.” – Electoral Area G Director, Gerry Wilkie.

Backgrounder:

CLICK HERE to view a backgrounder with a summary of some of the accomplishments of our 2020 Volunteers of the Year.