The Regional District of East Kootenay formally recognized Pat Gilmar and Lloyd Taylor as two of its 2019 Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year at their respective Town Hall Meetings.
Pat Gilmar was honoured as the RDEK Area A Volunteer of the Year for 2019, serving for more than 30 years by developing, improving, and expanding the local trail networks in the Fernie area.
“Pat’s contribution to the recreation culture in our area is astounding," said Mike Sosnowski, RDEK Electoral Area A Director. "It is an honour to be able to acknowledge his tireless volunteerism.”
Gilmar has been out in the Montane area the past number of years cutting, grooming and improving the adaptive trail. The 2019 Area A Volunteer of the Year was recognized at the Area A Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Meanwhile, Lloyd Taylor was named the 2019 RDEK Area B Volunteer of the Year at their respective Town Hall Meeting in Jaffray.
The President of the Board of Directors of the Sand Creek Seniors Housing Society and a long-time member of the Sand Creek Lions Club, Taylor served as Club President numerous time over the years.
“Lloyd is an outstanding, committed community volunteer and it will be hard to summarize his contributions," said Stan Doehle, RDEK Electoral Area B Director. "He is respected for his kindness, leadership abilities and talent. From being a mentor for youth through Boy Scouts to his work with seniors, Lloyd’s generosity has touched every corner of this community."
Taylor played a key role in bringing Boy Scouts to the local community, was important in forming the History Book Committee, and continues to serve through his carpentry to projects impacting the Galloway Curling Rink, Jaffray Community Hall, Sand Creek Senior Halls, Seniors Complex, and United Church.
The Regional District of East Kootenay will still host three more Town Hall Meetings in Areas C, F, and G, to recognize those 2019 Volunteers of the Year.
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2019 Electoral Area B Volunteer of the Year Lloyd Taylor (M) with Area B Director Stan Doehle (L) and Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka (R). (Supplied by Regional District of East Kootenay)