Health care auxiliary named Citizens of the year

Rotary Club of Invermere bestows honour on hard-working health care auxiliary members

As the last few tables of volunteers stood in line for roast beef and yorkshire puddings, with rivers of gravy to pour on top, Rotary Club of Invermere members descended on the unsuspecting Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society members Monday evening at the Royal Canadian Legion branch.

One service club paid tribute to another, naming the auxiliary society as this year’s citizens of the year.

Rotary member Yolande Dolman, citizen of the year committe chair, read out a speech on behalf of president John Tames, and gave the society a beautiful bouquet of flowers and plaque in recognition of their service.

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society, which operates the thrift store, donated $218,691.54 to multiple organizations in 2017. A staggering 170 health care auxiliary volunteers logged 28,629 volunteer hours last year alone.

“There is no question that this group epitomizes Rotary’s principle of ‘Service above Self’. We are blessed to know them,” said Ms. Dolman. “Thanks for letting us flashmob you, and have a wonderful evening. Oh, in case you didn’t catch this – you guys are citizens of the year. Thanks!”

The sudden recognition of what was happening filled the room with exclamations of ‘Oh!’, clapping, smiles, and even laughter, from the roomful of volunteers who spend endless hours sorting, selecting, and selling items in the local thrift store to raise funds for projects near and dear to the community’s heart, such as Interior Health, Stars, Panorama Fire Department, East Kootenay Foundation for Health, the Columbia Valley Centre, scholarships and bursaries, and more.

Wendi Edie, current president of the society, told the Pioneer she was ecstatic when she heard they would be presented with this honour.

She says Invermere as a whole is a very caring community, and thrift store volunteers have fun socializing while they work for the greater good of the community together.

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

New wildfire by Whiteswan

Lightning-caused blaze at 7 hectares

Valley reaches top 20 ‘friendliest towns’ in Canada

Invermere and Radium Hot Springs receive high praise on popular travel booking website

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

Solar panels charging the future at Columbia Valley Centre

Panels offset power costs at new multiuse centre in Invermere

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Most Read