Teacher Lynn Hemming named Rotary's Citizen of the Year
The outstanding work of Drumheller residents who make the community a better place to be was recognized last Saturday night as the Rotary Club presented its most prestigious awards.
Local teacher Lynn Hemming was awarded the 2016 Citizen of the Year at the Rotary Club of Drumheller’s Celebration of Excellence, presented by Canalta. The citizen of the Year award is the Rotary’s most prestigious award and Hemming is humbled to receive it. She thanked the Rotary Club for its service to community. She also is grateful for her school community.
“It (DVSS) has allowed me to hang out there for 38 years, first as a student then a teacher and a counsellor,” she said. “I am especially indebted to my colleagues, many of whom devote hundreds of hours to volunteer for this community and who are as worthy as I am to receive this honour. It is not just the teachers I am grateful for, but the thousands of student who walk through those doors and have allowed me to be part of their lives.”
Tom Zariski, one of Hemming’s former teachers and colleagues, introduced Hemming, outlining her service to the community. He first met her as a Grade 10 student and even then, she was busy organizing events for the student council.
“For many of Mrs. Hemming’s students the times spent in her classroom are the ones they remember out of their entire school career,” said Zariski. “Her success as a teacher is only surpassed by her commitment to the Drumheller community.”
The runner up for the award was Joanne Cunningham. She was introduced by Joanne Dumaine.
“Joanne is a role model of morals and values, she is genuine, honest and accepting of everyone,’ said Dumaine.
The Rotary also presented the Most Courteous Employee Award. Florence Johnson, who has been the face of Centre Street Insurance and Re/Max Drumheller for 11 years, was honoured for her service.
“Florence is one of the most important persons in our office,” said Susan Kolenz, who introduced Johnson. “She has an amazing personality, a great attitude towards customers and her fellow coworkers.” Debbie Schinnour, tourism service manager
for the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce was the finalist.
This was the second year that the Rotary has presented its Athletic Awards and Duane Bolin and St. Anthony’s student Megan Boland were the recipients. Bolin has been active in the community as an athlete and coach, is a triathlete, and this year will be bringing a Scots FireFit Challenge to the valley.
Megan Boland has excelled on the basketball court and the soccer pitch. She also has volunteered to officiate in both sports and is a leader on and off the court.
The Town of Drumheller also presented its youth awards. DVSS students Max Gruner was presented the Youth Leaders of Tomorrow for high school students and DVSS student Makenna Lutz was given the award for Grade 7-9 students. The Leaders of Tomorrow Program recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to their community through volunteerism.
The Town of Drumheller also presented the Badlands Scholarship to Sam Brown. Sam is a Grade 12 student at DVSS who has been accepted to Queens University with his sights set on studying medicine.
The recipient of the Badlands Scholarship is assessed on academic achievement, community involvements, achievements and personal references.
(l-r) Rotary president Doug Stanford with Citizen of the Year finalist Joanne Cunningham, Citizen of the Year Lynn Hemming and MP for Battle River-Crowfoot Kevin Sorenson.
(l-r) Rotary Club president Doug Stanford with Most Courteous Employee finalist Debbie Schinnour, Most Courteous Employee Florence Johnson, and MP for Battle River-Crowfoot Kevin Sorenson.
(l-r) Mayor Terry Yemen with Badlands Scholarship Recipient Sam Brown, Leaders of Tomorrow recipients Makenna Lutz and Max Gruner and director of Community Services Paul Salvatore.
(l-r) Rotary president Doug Stanford Athletes of the Year Duane Bolin and Megan Boland and MP for Battle River-Crowfoot Kevin Sorenson.