VOLUNTEERS OF DISTINCTION - The City of Lacombe recently honoured the 2015 Volunteers of Distinction. Top row from left are Casey Kooyman

City honours 2015 volunteers of distinction

The City of Lacombe honoured recently five long-standing volunteers in an intimate ceremony.

The City of Lacombe honoured recently five long-standing volunteers in an intimate ceremony.

City of Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie, City councillors and various community members gathered at the Lacombe Memorial Centre to pay tribute to those who have volunteered their time on the City’s many boards, committees and commissions.

“Tonight I want to formally thank each member of the groups represented here for their contributions to enhancing the City of Lacombe’s programs and services,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “It’s because of volunteers like you and the work you do in the City that we are able to provide excellent services and programs.”

Those honoured for their dedicated service who retired after completing their terms include Laverne Jones from the Lacombe Art Collection Committee, Bob Creurer from the Arts Endowment Committee, Karen Penrice from the Lacombe and District Recreation and Culture Board, James Young from the Library Board and Casey Kooyman from the Lacombe Police Commission.

Young works in the banking industry and he became a member of the City of Lacombe Library Board in 2012. He said he chose to join the board as a way to be involved in the community that wasn’t focused on sports or children’s activities.

“Libraries in my past have always been a way that I have educated, learned and supported,” he said. “I was approached by a former library board member and I chose to do it. Over time I became more involved and more active. It really was a lot of fun.”

Jones began serving on the Art Collection Committee eight years ago and has been interested in art in both her personal and business life.

“I enjoy art,” she explained. “It’s always been a part of my passion. As part of the early board members and the start of the art collection committee, we put into place procedures and things like that.”

Jones noted through the committee, the 1% for art collection policy, and many volunteers, the City has some truly amazing art now.

Penrice served on the Lacombe and District Recreation and Culture Board from 2009 to 2014 as a Lacombe County representative. She also sits on the Lacombe Art Collection Board.

Kooyman has also been involved with the Park and Recreation Committee along with the Lacombe Police Commission where he served from 2009 to 2014.

Long-time resident Creurer joined the Art Endowment Committee in 2008. He has been highly involved with the development of the City murals.

“I was part of the early group that looked after the initiating of the murals,” he said. “I became a member of the local art club and I have been painting for probably 20 years. I love Lacombe and I like to volunteer where I can be of some assistance.”

Each year, the City of Lacombe holds an annual Volunteers of Distinction ceremony to celebrate the positive energy that volunteers interject into the community. The ceremony is also an opportunity to recognize not only the commitment but also the dedication required by volunteers in making a difference to the delivery of municipal services and programs within the City.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Ponoka Mayor presents to Lacombe Council reasons behind withholding school tax

Mayor Rick Bonnett requests a letter of support from the City of Lacombe

Counsellor withdraws motion to remove green bins in Lacombe

Don Gullekson’s motion leads to larger solid waste debate at Lacombe Council

Lacombe Council approves 2019 municipal utility rates

Average household will see a combined utility bill increase of $12.90 a month

Lacombe’s midget CA Selects win thriller over Bow Valley

Selects looking to beat out Olds, Sylvan Lake for south division title

Highlights of Lacombe County’s regular Council meeting – Jan. 10th 2019

The next Council meeting will be on Jan. 25th, 2019

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

Defending champions Team Scheidegger will fight to keep title

Stettler hosting 2019 Alberta Scotties provincial women’s bonspiel

WATCH: World-renowned illusionist, magician, escapist performs in Stettler

Matt Johnson performs two sold-out shows at Stettler Performing Arts Centre

Olivia and Liam top list for Alberta baby names in 2018

Premier Rachel Notley announced the top baby names in Alberta in 2018; Loki didn’t make the cut

Edmonton Police charged 236 people with auto theft in 2018

Police states many of the thefts are crimes of opportunity

Official torchbearers for 2019 Canada Winter Games announced

Canada Games officials open time capsule from Grande Prairie Games in 1995

Alberta Health Services, United Nurses of Alberta reach agreement to settle union grievance of nursing staffing shortage

Settlement includes the designation of 11.7 full-time-equivalent Registered Nurse relief positions

Woman’s complaint leads to sexual assault charge against Calgary priest

Malcolm Joe D’Souza, who is 62, has been charged with one count of sexual assault

Most Read