Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition for the work they do in your electoral area? If so, nominate them.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is currently seeking nominations for the 2024 electoral area volunteers of the year.

 “Volunteers are out there every day, making a difference in our communities,” says board chair Rob Gay. “From flipping pancakes at a summer festival, coaching little league, or providing transport for seniors getting to medical appointments, their vast contributions are important and deserve to be recognized.”

Gay points out that volunteers are often those who don’t ask for applause, so here is an opportunity for those around them to say, “we see you, we appreciate you, and we know how hard you work”.

If you know someone who is committed to making positive change for those around them, the RDEK wants to celebrate them. “Please nominate a volunteer in your area, as it’s important to honour those who are giving their time, energy, and passion for the benefit of others,” notes Gay.

Nomination forms are now available as the RDEK  will be honouring one outstanding volunteer or couple from each of its six electoral areas. Nominees must be a resident of an electoral area (outside of incorporated municipalities) and make voluntary contributions to the spirit, culture, or people of the community.

Nomination forms can be filled out on engage.rdek.bc.ca/volunteer. Hard copies of the nomination form can be picked up at the Cranbrook and Columbia Valley RDEK offices for those without computer access.

The deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2024.