Cobble Hill farmers institute honours three for community service
Securing long-term and exceptional volunteers isn’t an easy task.
That’s why The Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers Institute and Agricultural Society is thankful to be able to reward three of its long-standing contributors recently with lifetime membership awards.
Cobble Hill director Gerry Giles, long-time 4-H member Marian Davies and members of the Cobble Hill Legion Branch 226 were honoured at a special Valentine’s tea Feb. 14.
“This special event is to recognize the valiant contributions of our long-term and exceptional volunteers who have provided support to SCHFIAS and our community,” stated a press release.
“Without the incredibly hard work and selfless dedication of our volunteers we would not be able to achieve our purpose or be capable of hosting numerous community events including this year’s 105th Cobble Hill Fair.”
“Recognizing the dedication of our community members at the Valentine’s Tea is a highlight for me as president,” said Dave Bilkoski. “I have learned so much about the gracious nature and selfless giving of our lifetime member recipients and it is truly heartwarming.”
Giles is the first politician to earn the honour for her countless hours of service to the community, to SCHFIAS and the fair since becoming involved in 1976.
“Gerry Giles is the first to put her hand up to help and the last person to ever take any credit,” said Bilkoski. “We see her in the kitchen serving our bi-weekly senior’s lunch, on committees for SCHFIAS and taking lead roles with the fair.
“Gerry is a leader in our community and with our organization; she exemplifies the meaning of community. In my mind Gerry is one in a million and it was high time she receive formal recognition.”
Davies was also recognized with a lifetime membership plaque for her involvement with 4-H.
“Marian Davies has been an active member of the 4-H BC since 1955 and has embraced the core beliefs and values of the organization through her life,” states a press release.
Davies moved to Shawnigan Lake in 1969 with husband Bill and her two children.
“This year, Marian’s grandchildren have entered the fold carrying on the family 4-H tradition which now spans four generations.”
The Cobble Hill Legion’s work in the community was key to its award.
“Since 1947, the men and women of the Cobble Hill Legion Branch 226 have not only served our country but also our community in ways we will always cherish,” said a press release.
“From raising funds for the Cowichan District Hospital to providing a litany of student bursaries to young minds in our community and leading our Remembrance Day memorials, the Cobble Hill Legion has placed their love of community ahead of themselves.”
The Legion has contributed over $32,000 in the past seven years to the Poppy Trust Fund and over $12,000 to the general Legion Command account.
“Known also for their legendary pancake breakfast at the Cobble Hill Fair, their service will be missed but never forgotten.”