Ro­tary hon­ours

Vicki Da­ley is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Amherst Ro­tary Club’s Paul Har­ris Com­mu­nity Fel­low­ship Award that is pre­sented an­nu­ally to a non-Ro­tar­ian for the on­go­ing work in the com­mu­nity.

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

The driv­ing force be­hind the Cum­ber­land Health Aux­il­iary and the High­land Fling was hon­oured Mon­day by the Amherst Ro­tary Club with its most pres­ti­gious hon­our.

Vicki Da­ley was pre­sented with the Paul Har­ris Com­mu­nity Fel­low­ship Award for her years of ser­vice to the health care aux­il­iary and other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“This is such an hon­our,” Da­ley said af­ter ac­cept­ing the award from Ro­tary pres­i­dent David McNairn dur­ing the club’s 83rd an­niver­sary din­ner at the Wand­lyn Inn. “Forty some years ago, when my mom knew I was mov­ing to Amherst she asked me what I was go­ing to do in such a small town. Well, that hasn’t been a prob­lem. Vol­un­teer­ing has been a per­sonal jour­ney al­low­ing me to use the skills I have, some I didn’t know I had and let me de­velop new ones.”

Da­ley said vol­un­teers are the lifeblood of the com­mu­nity. Ev­ery day she hears about some­one do­ing some­thing for some­one else.

“Whether you give a lit­tle or give a lot, you are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers,” she said.

She also cred­ited her hus­band, Blake, for be­ing sup­port­ive of her vol­un­teer work and her chil­dren for help­ing out as much as they could when liv­ing home.

“Ev­ery step of the way Blake has been be­hind the scenes do­ing what­ever needed to be done,” she

said. “Many times I found my­self in way over my head and he has kept me from drown­ing, so I share this award with him.”

Born in Hal­i­fax, Da­ley moved to Amherst 44 years ago. She im­me­di­ately be­came ac­tive with the Amherst Curl­ing Club and helped her hus­band with the United Way and the Ro­tary Club’s rum­mage and yard sales and Ro­tary balls. She also helped found the Mar­quess of Lorne Sail­ing Club and pro­vided lead­er­ship in a va­ri­ety of of­fi­cial ca­pac­i­ties.

She was ac­tive in Scouts in sup­port of her son, Seth, and also helped the band as­so­ci­a­tion. She

helped her daugh­ter, Sara, with a school play serv­ing as stage man­ager for a ma­jor play.

She is also an artist, sup­port­ing var­i­ous vol­un­teer causes and char­i­ties with her work.

She has also been ac­tive with the Chignecto Nat­u­ral­ist Club, the Cana­dian Wildlife Ser­vice, the Beaubassin Arche­ol­ogy Club, the Pa­le­oan­tho­log­i­cal Club at Was­son’s Bluff, the Christ­mas bird count fro Bird Sta­tus Canada, the Au­dobon So­ci­ety, Christ­mas for Kids, Cum­ber­land Wilder­ness, the YMCA and two multi-cul­tural fes­ti­vals at ARHS.

Da­ley was ac­tive with the Amherst

2000 So­ci­ety that cel­e­brated the new mil­len­nium with a gi­ant New Year’s Eve Party in down­town Amherst, or­ga­niz­ing hun­dreds of vol­un­teers.

When the High­land Fling started in 1981, Da­ley was re­cruited to do mar­ket­ing and public re­la­tions. Since then, she has been pres­i­dent of the aux­il­iary and long­time con­venor of the an­nual event.

All the while, she set am­bi­tious goals, in­clud­ing rais­ing more than $40,000 last year.

While her hus­band and Roger Ba­con were work­ing to raise the money for the com­mu­nity por­tion

of the new re­gional hospi­tal, she was ac­tive in the tran­si­tion team for the aux­il­iary as it pre­pared to move into the new fa­cil­ity.

She played a key role in train­ing vol­un­teers to op­er­ate the new cof­fee shop and gift shop and while most hospi­tal cof­fee shops strug­gle to make ends meet and rely on sub­si­dies, the cof­fee shop at the re­gional hospi­tal has been a suc­cess­ful fundraiser for the aux­il­iary with all the money go­ing back into the pur­chase of med­i­cal equip­ment.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

Vicki Da­ley is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Amherst Ro­tary Club’s Paul Har­ris Com­mu­nity Fel­low­ship Award that is pre­sented an­nu­ally to a non-Ro­tar­ian for the on­go­ing work in the com­mu­nity. Join­ing her fol­low­ing Mon­day’s pre­sen­ta­tion were: (from left)...

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