Doerksen, Sware honoured

Beef-on-a-bun and hotdogs were served. Left-right, are Pam Lauck, Fred Wapahoo, Hayley Laughlin and Brandon McNabb.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Two women were honoured by Big Lakes County with their names added to the Wall of Fame.

Dianne Doerksen and Stella Sware were recognized for their service in a brief ceremony during the county barbecue June 21.

Both recipients were humbled by the honour and value the time to volunteer.

“I like to get involved in the community and enjoy being with people,” Doerksen says.

“The only thing that keeps communities going is volunteers.”

Sware says she serves it to help the community.

“I enjoy helping people,” Sware says.

“I don’t volunteer to get recognized.”

Reeve Ken Matthews says volunteers are the backbone of communities.

“If we didn’t have volunteers, communities would simply die,” Matthews says.

“When we look around, we have so many volunteers.

“Thanks to all you volunteers.”

Doerksen has served on: Spruce Point Park board for 48 years; on the Central Slave Lake Agricultural Society seven years; Kinosayo Museum four years; the Kinuso and District Seniors Club four years; and Interagency board two years; volunteers at the school, bingo for the agricultural society; volunteered in the past with 4-H; helps with Family Day, the rodeo, and other community events, and more.

Sware has served: on the Big Meadow Community Association for 54 years, serving as board member and past president; is manager of the Big Meadow Community Hall and very involved in all the community does; St. Mark’s Anglican Church member for 50 years; Ukrainian Cultural Society of High Prairie for 40 years, inclduing founding member, founding president and former secretary; High Prairie Agricultural Society board member for 20-plus years; St. Mark’s Anglican Cemetery for 16 years, including chair; Second Wind Boutique co-manager for 15 years; and more.

During the barbecue, county council and staff served a meal to several hundred people. A total of 575 people were served.

A variety of flower plants were given away. Left-right, are county administrative assistant Sylvia Jezewski, Nancy Giroux, Nancy Stafford and county administrative assistant Bronte Collett.
Big Lakes County unveiled the names of two dedicated volunteers on its Wall of Fame on June 21 during a ceremony to honour them for their service to the community. Left-right, are Dianne Doerksen, Stella Sware with Reeve Ken Matthews.
Some members of council prepare to serve beef-on-a-bun lunch and hotdogs. Left-right, are Reeve Ken Matthews, South Sunset House – Gilwood Councillor Ann Stewart, Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen, Faust Councillor Robert Nygaard and Joussard Councillor Richard Simard.


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