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Volunteer pillar Denise McKinlay receives city's Scroll of Honour Monday

Denise McKinlay was among the latest citizens added to Duncan’s Scroll of Honour during a city hall ceremony Monday. - Peter W. Rusland
Denise McKinlay was among the latest citizens added to Duncan’s Scroll of Honour during a city hall ceremony Monday.
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A stunned Denise McKinlay threaded her way to the spotlight in city hall chambers Monday, where she received one of Duncan’s top honours.

McKinlay was presented her Scroll of Honour by Councillor Sharon Jackson.

The blushing valley volunteer pillar admitted feeling “bamboozled” by friends and family who got her to the city’s inaugural ceremony under false pretenses.

“I’m honoured, surprised, and shocked,” she said.

McKinlay’s long list of selfless efforts include helping the Cowichan Bay Fire District, Duncan Curling Club, Cowichan Golf and Country Club, Cowichan District Hospital Board and Foundation, Duncan Dabber Bingo, and protocol chair for the 1990 B.C. Games, and 2000 B.C. Senior Games board.

She was Duncan’s representative at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics too.

Helping the Duncan High School Reunion Group for eight years helped round out the political animal’s time.

McKinlay’s valley life saw her family erect many local buildings, including the heritage Guide Hall, and chapel at Queen Margaret’s School.

She helped support her family by working at Hayes Low Cost, and Duncan Safeway.

“She’s an all-round remarkable woman,” summed Jackson.

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