A Trio Of Deserving Community Members Have Received Accolades From The Local Rotary Club.
This year's Rotary Club of Olds Citizen of the Year recipient is Julie Calderwood.
She was a member of the Rotary Club for 10 years and joined because of its commitment to young people.
Calderwood is an active fundraiser for many local groups and organizations.
Calderwood also volunteers with the Emergency Shelter Society fundraising committee, the Olds Hospital and was on the Board of Directors at Olds College for many years.
Meantime, a long standing member of the community has been honored as Humanitarian of the Year.
Ruth Hanson has been in Olds for more than 50 years, and is happy to volunteer her time with the Olds Hospital Auxilliary, the Hospital Gardens and the Legion Auxiliary. Hanson says volunteering shouldn't be considered a chore, but a chance to help other people.
The award is given to a member of the community who exemplifies compassion and goodwill. She says there are many opportunities to volunteer.
Hanson is thrilled to be honored in this way, but says it was totally unexpected.
And, a recent graduate from Olds High School has been chosen the Rotary Youth Citizen of the Year.
Ashley Parker graduated in June, and is now attending the University of Calgary in the undeclared Bachelor of Arts program with plans to switch to International Relations. Being chosen was an honour for Parker.
Parker was part of the Rotary Interact club during her high school years, including a term as co-president in grade 12.
Parker was chosen for her dedication to helping others through mentoring and her service to the Rotary Interact club.