Teacher Lynn Hem­ming named Ro­tary's Ci­ti­zen of the Year

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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