Top volunteers honoured

Acting Mayor Linda Nixon (center) poses with some of the winners of this year's Spirit of Revelstoke Awards during the Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, November 26. From left to right are Kim McTaggart who accepted an award on behalf of her daughter Allison, Sheryl Wolgram, Greta Speerbrecker, Sonny Pedersen, Amanda Ringham, Hailey Christie-Hoyle and Ruth Boettger. And that's Ernie Ottewell next to Linda Nixon. Other award winners who could not be present are: Jackie Morris, Jane McNab, Brett Renaud, Keith McNab, Gerti Smith and Karen Joy Armstrong. Photo courtesy of Cathy Burke
The community’s top volunteers were honoured with Spirit of Revelstoke awards during last Wednesday’s Volunteer Fair at the Community centre. Here, Acting Mayor Linda Nixon (center) poses with some of the winners of this year’s Spirit of Revelstoke Awards during the Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, November 26. From left to right are Kim McTaggart who accepted an award on behalf of her daughter Allison, Sheryl Wolgram, Greta Speerbrecker, Sonny Pedersen, Amanda Ringham, Hailey Christie-Hoyle and Ruth Boettger. And that’s Ernie Ottewell next to Linda Nixon. Other award winners who could not be present are: Jackie Morris, Jane McNab, Brett Renaud, Keith McNab, Gerti Smith and Karen Joy Armstrong. Photo courtesy of Cathy Burke

By David F. Rooney

The community’s top volunteers were honoured with Spirit of Revelstoke awards during Wednesday’s Volunteer Fair at the Community Centre.

The ceremony was one of the high points of the annual Welcome Week events and highlighted the effort of the men and women who keep the community tick along.

This year’s winners include:

  • Allison McTaggart, who received one of the coveted certificates for her work with the Youth Stoke Network;
  • Sheryl Wolgram, honoured for her dedication to the Revelstoke Museum & Archivesd over the last six years;
  • Greta Speerbrecker, who has donated her time to the Museum for the last 10 years;
  • Sonny Pedersen, a long-time volunteer driver taking people to out-of-town medical appointments and dedicated volunteer with the Knights of Columbus and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church;
  • Amanda Ringham, hardworking volunteer firefighter with the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service and devoted volunteer with Okanagan College’s Adult Literacy Program;
  • Hailey Christie-Hoyle, an enthusiastic actress, singer and Stoke Youth Nework volunteer;
  • Ruth Boettger, president of the Revelstoke Seniors’ Association for the last six years overseeing the development of vigorous new programs that engage seniors and other members of the community;
  • Ernie Ottewell has been a volunteer in many, many programs in town, including the Revelstoke Railway Museum;
  • ¬†Jackie Morris has been the a very long-term Bear Aware volunteer and currently serves as its treasurer;
  • Jane McNab was recognized for her work with the Adult Literacy Program;
  • Brett Renaud is well known as a successful businessman but he is also a dedicated Rotarian who has worked hard on all of that club’s programs and projects;
  • Keith McNab has been president of the Revelstoke Cycling Association for seven years and, although retired, keep donating his time and expertise to promote its trail programs;
  • Gerti Smith has spent 15 years working to ensure the continued success of the Museum & Archives; and
  • If you know anything about the Revelstoke & District and Humane Society then you probably know Karen Joy Armstrong¬†as one of its dedicated defenders of animal welfare.

Well done everyone!

Here are some additional photos from the event:

Megan Shandro of the Youth Stoke Network chats with Kim McTaggert at the Volunteer Fair. David F. Rooney photo
Megan Shandro of the Youth Stoke Network chats with Kim McTaggart at the Volunteer Fair. David F. Rooney photo
He may be in his 80-s but Clancy Better keeps on volunteering. He's very active in the Elks and is a major promoter of literacy in the community. David F. Rooney photo
He may be in his 80-s but Clancy Better keeps on volunteering. He’s very active in the Elks and is a major promoter of literacy in the community. David F. Rooney photo
Interested in helping out at the Museum & Archives? Jan Morehouse would be one of the volunteers and directors who could tell you how rewarding it is. David F. Rooney photo
Interested in helping out at the Museum & Archives? Jan Morehouse would be one of the volunteers and directors who could tell you how rewarding it is. David F. Rooney photo
The ladies from the Seniors Association are always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. "Are you over 19?" jokes Ruth Better. David F. Rooney photo
The ladies from the Seniors Association are always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. “Are you over 19?” jokes Ruth Better. David F. Rooney photo