JCI Vernon Good Citizen Of The Year Award
Carol Armstrong - 2018 Good Citizen of the Year!
Carol’s Nominator, Randy McDermid writes: ‘Carol is an outstanding example of what it means to be a good citizen. Throughout the year she spends countless hours to building a stronger community. Basically, Carol has dedicated herself to helping others. She is the epitome of a great leader – she inspires those around her to do better and be better.’
Carol is the founder and leader of the “Single Friends 60+ Group” which has brought together older members of the community for over 15 years. Carol organizes a variety of events for their over 80 members including twice weekly coffee get togethers, monthly dinners, dances, camping trips, hiking outings, card nights and other special events throughout the year. Carol keeps the group informed about what’s up and coming by producing a monthly newsletter and goes above and beyond to provide care and support for group members.
In addition to the administration of the group, Carol visits sick members in the hospital, gives rides for those who need them, house and pet sits, and organizes celebrations of life when members pass away. Carol is also active in raising money to support the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge Society, in nearby Sorrento BC, which provides a safe and permanent home for neglected, abused, or unwanted donkeys.
One of Carol’s co-nominators says that “Vernon Winter Carnival has a special place in Carol’s heart. She wants people to enjoy what Vernon has to offer during this very special time of year and will be the first person in line to get tickets for as many events as people are interested in going to.” Carol is also active in her church and annually sponsors a table at the annual Ladies Christmas Tea for 6-10 ladies to attend.
Each year, JCI Vernon recognizes an outstanding member of the community. This award is handed out to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference. The winner is awarded in a “surprise” ceremony, and then recognized by the community during the Vernon Winter Carnival and will be awarded with $500 to donate to the charity of their choice.