Don and Irene Hill were awarded Castlegar's Citizen of the Year honour.

Citizens of the Year

Don and Irene Hill were awarded the 2014 Knights of Columbus Citizens of the Year award.

After 20 years of handing out trophies, plaques and awards it was finally time for Don and Irene Hill to receive an award of their own. The Hills were acknowledged as Castlegar’s 2014 Citizens of the Year by the Castlegar Knights of Columbus at a ceremony held last Wednesday.

The Hills were unaware they had won until they arrived at the ceremony.

“I did not really expect this,” Irene said. “Lots of other people are more deserving, I think, than we are. We didn’t realize we had won until we got here. We are very honoured.”

Once they got used to the news, the ceremony began and the Hills were escorted to the platform by a piper, Knights of Columbus Honour Guard, Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and MLA Katrine Conroy.

Don and Irene have lived in Robson since 1962 and have always been involved in the community in one way or another.

Event host Brian Bogle stated in his introduction: “For 20 years, Don and Irene have volunteered their time at Pass Creek Fair and Pass Creek Park. From construction projects to landscaping and everything in between, they have helped create the beautiful facility it is today.”

After retirement, the Hills took on the development of the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds and Pass Creek Fall Fair.

They were the main carpenters behind the construction of the two riding rings, 36 box stalls, exhibition pavilion, amphitheatre, concession, entrance gates and public washrooms.

It’s estimated they put in 1,500 volunteer hours per year for the past 20 years, many involving the organizing, setting up and cleaning up afterward of the fall fair which won the Best Small Fair in BC award in 2013.

The Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds is also home to the bluegrass jamboree, horse shows, clinics and dog shows as well other public events.

After the proclamation and award presentation, Chernoff offered congratulations to the Hills.

“Strong communities are built by citizens like Don and Irene who see a need and then set about with the dedication and determination to do what is required to be done to fill that need,” he said.

“Don and Irene, you are an inspiration to the members of our community and are most deserving of the citizens of the year honour. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication.”

Conroy followed by presenting the Hills with two certificates of recognition, one from her and one on behalf of MP Alex Atamanenko.

 

The last speaker to honour the Hills was Area J regional director Rick Smith, who is also the Hills’ son-in-law. The Hills were then escorted out of the ceremony to a standing ovation by a crowd trying to show appreciation for the many years of hard work and community service.

 

It’s estimated they put in 1,500 volunteer hours per year for the past 20 years, many involving the organizing, setting up and cleaning up afterward of the fall fair which won the Best Small Fair in BC award in 2013.

The Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds is also home to the bluegrass jamboree, horse shows, clinics and dog shows as well other public events.

After the proclamation and award presentation, Chernoff offered congratulations to the Hills.

“Strong communities are built by citizens like Don and Irene who see a need and then set about with the dedication and determination to do what is required to be done to fill that need,” he said.

“Don and Irene, you are an inspiration to the members of our community and are most deserving of the citizens of the year honour. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication.”

Conroy followed by presenting the Hills with two certificates of recognition, one from her and one on behalf of MP Alex Atamanenko.

 

The last speaker to honour the Hills was Area J regional director Rick Smith, who is also the Hills’ son-in-law. The Hills were then escorted out of the ceremony to a standing ovation by a crowd trying to show appreciation for the many years of hard work and community service.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Castlegar council meetings will soon be online

Council chambers will be getting new microphones and cameras.

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmor Junction

Vigil re-affirms belief in peace, acceptance in wake of New Zealand massacre

Nearly 100 show up for solemn event at Mir Centre for Peace

Police bust drug operation in Castlegar

Man charged, will go to court in August

Zoning mix-up nixes Shoreacres property sale

Man says the RDCK’s listings online don’t match his property’s official zoning

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Most Read