Sen­a­tor honours local vol­un­teer spirit

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Patrick Ko­lafa

Two Drumheller women have been hon­oured for their ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. Dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week this year, Al­berta Sen­a­tor Doug Black in­tro­duced the Sen­a­tor’s Con­tri­bu­tion Award. This is an award that was given to two nom­i­nated peo­ple from ev­ery city, town and vil­lage in Al­berta rec­og­niz­ing their vol­un­teer con­tri­bu­tions.

“It is im­por­tant to rec­og­nize those who make quiet con­tri­bu­tions to our com­mu­ni­ties and I wanted to use my po­si­tion as an elected-Sen­a­tor to work with each of Al­berta’s com­mu­ni­ties to find ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als,” said Sen­a­tor Doug Black.

Fran Nar­gang was sur­prised when her award showed up in her mail box. She has no idea who nom­i­nated her for the award. It’s not hard how­ever to rec­og­nize the work that Nar­gang has done for the com­mu­nity. For the last 11 years she has hosted the 24 Hour Jam in the first week of June to sup­port STARS Air Am­bu­lance. In the his­tory of the event they have raised thou­sands of dol­lars..

She also ded­i­cated events to other needs in the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing those who suf­fer from MS. In 2013, dur­ing the wide­spread flood­ing, she held a fundraiser to sup­port a fam­ily that lost their busi­ness in High River.

Donna Thomas was also sur­prised when the award showed up .“It was be­yond my knowl­edge, I was just flab­ber­gasted,” Thomas told the Mail. She had to Google the award to learn more about it. She also has a long record of vol­un­teerism. She has done ev­ery­thing from coach­ing and manag­ing mi­nor hockey to door to door can­vass­ing. Where she has re­ally left her mark is Girl Guides. For 34 years she has been in­volved in the pro­gram and to­day still leads the Sparks.

“It is very re­ward­ing, the lives you touch. And then you see the girls ad­vance or move, and you think ‘I was part of her life,’” she said. “I thrive on that.” She is hum­ble in her ac­cep­tance. “I don’t do th­ese things for the recog­ni­tion. I do them be­cause I want to do them,” said Thomas, adding that this is what builds a com­mu­nity.

“If I choose to do it, then I will put my heart into it.”

Fran Nar­gang was sur­prised when her award showed up in her mail box.

Donna Thomas was also sur­prised when the award showed up.

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