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Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards 2013 (Part 2 of 2)

Posted May 02, 2013 by Stacy Ashton

(Photo L to R: Jean Peachman, Eurilda Larsen, Thelka Wright, Mayor Greg Moore, Patrick McCarthy, Katrina Besler, Walter Van Drimmelen, Robyn Doig)


Yesterday in Part 1 of our coverage we introduced you to Thelka Wright, Walter Van Drimmelen and Patrick McCarthy, three recipients of the 2013 Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards.  Today we’re continuing our coverage, by bringing you the favourite volunteer experiences of our 2013 Volunteer Recognition Award recipients.




Robyn Doig (pictured)received the award for Sports & Recreation, due to her outstanding work assigning hundreds of minor hockey referees to games in Port Coquitlam, the rest of the Tri-Cities, and Burnaby.  I love it when I find out a volunteer job I’d never imagined.  A referee assignor! Robyn has a rep as the “hardest working assignor in BC” at the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association http://www.pcaha.bc.ca/referees/ and she takes her job seriously.  She is out in the ice rinks every evening making sure referees are where they are supposed to be and doing their jobs well.  Robyn couldn’t think of a specific volunteer experience, but she loves having “a few hundred spare kids, from age 12 to 70+” in her life.  She gets to watch her referees grow up on the job, which is kind of an honour.  Click here if you are interested in getting into refereeing! http://www.bchockey.net/Officiating/GettingStarted.aspx


Katrina Besler, at age 16, was the youngest award recipient, and scored the U21 award for her diverse and  wide-ranging volunteer resume.  Katrina is President of the Best Buddies http://www.bestbuddies.ca/ProgramOverview/HighSchools/tabid/85/Default.aspx  club at school, which pairs students with disabilities to students without disabilities, fostering inclusion and friendship.  She’s also part of the BC Children’s Hospital Club, the Rapid Change Club, a peer tutor, and a volunteer at the Eagle Ridge Auxiliary Thrift Store (at Shaughnessy near Lougheed)  http://tinyurl.com/ahp9dmf

...  And then my hand cramped up and I had to stop writing.  Katrina’s favourite volunteer experience has been as a counselor at Camp Luther http://www.campluther.ca/ because it is such a  meaningful experience in the lives of the kids who go there.




The Lifetime Volunteer Award went to Jean Peachman for her lifelong dedication to volunteering.  As well as her work with the Hyde Creek Watershed Society http://www.hydecreek.org/education_center.htm, Jean has been involved with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, the Community Police Station, and considering the line-up of people wanting to shake her hand after the event, many, many other organizations as well!  Jean summed up her favourite volunteer experience in a story:  a few weeks ago, she was working with a group of kids at the Hyde Creek Education Centre.  One intense and serious seven-year-old told her he loves to swim, and was swimming at the Hyde Creek pool next door.  While he was swimming what did he come across but a little salmon fry right there in the pool with him!  Since he cares about nature, he scooped that little fry up and managed to get him back to the creek where he belonged.  It’s that kind of story that keeps Jean volunteering.






The only award recipient I didn’t get to meet was Eurilda Larsen, who won for her contributions to Environmental Protection & Enhancement.  Eurilda has been part of the Port Coquitlam Garden Club since 1990, and her goal as a volunteer has been to turn Port Coquitlam into a “city of gardens”.  One of the super-cool things the Garden Club does every year is the Pride of PoCo Garden Awards. [http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/Citizen_Services/Parks_and__Recreation/Pride_of_PoCo_Garden_Awards.htm], where citizens get to nominate their own or their neighbour’s gardens for recognition.  






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