Revelstoke is know for its volunteerism. Many great people step up to the plate to make this community what it is. It is no surprise when travellers or newcomers arrive in Revelstoke, they are amazed at how many great events, showcases and community driven projects we have. Volunteering does not come without sacrifice; time away from family, daily tasks and of course, personal alone time.
If you ever see a cute little lady shovelling her walkway on Third Street, or strolling to the grocery store, that is most likely Antoinette Crisanti. At 85 years old, she is as quick and sharp now as she was 40 years ago.
Antoinette makes sure she sets daily tasks to accomplish for the day. whether it is setting up the Christmas tree, tending to the garden or household chores, she always finds time to keep active and get out of the house for exercise.
She has won numerous awards for her beautiful garden that blooms every spring. If you are walking along Third Street and notice a gorgeous, colourful garden, that would be Antoinette’s. You may even see her out churning the dirt.
Antoinette has been a volunteer for many years in Revelstoke. She started out at the Moose Lodge roughly 50 years ago, and then decided that the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store was more her speed.
“To me, I love that it helps everybody. Especially the hospital and the children. I also like to stay busy and I enjoy people.” Antoinette told the Revelstoke Current. “Volunteering was a way to help me learn english. It helped me understand more”.
Antoinette is originally from Italy, as many of our long time locals originate from. Her late husband, Vince Crisanti came to Revelstoke to work for the railway, and happened to be boarding with Antoinette’s Aunt, where he saw a picture of his landlords niece. Vince was smitten with this lovely lady and was determined to work hard, save money and bring her to Canada. Several years later, that wish came true, Antoinette arrived and Vince wed the woman of his dreams.
Antoinette recently was recognized by the Hospital Auxiliary for 25 years of dedicated volunteer service, a much deserved recognition.