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Neil Brown Named Volunteer of the Year

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For the last 12 years, The Swan Valley District Recreation Commission (SVDRC) has presented the Volunteer of the Year award to outstanding members of the community who generously give their time to organizations and projects that better our Valley.
For the 2017 year, the SVDRC presented their award to Neil Brown.
“Neil has a long volunteer history in the community,” said SVRDC Recreation Director Patti Henkelman. “He has been involved with the Canadian Food Grains Bank, Cancer Society, Northwest Roundup and Exhibition, Swan River Food Bank, Swan Valley Flying Club, Swan Valley Airport Commission and the Swan Valley Historical Museum (SVHM) to name a few.”
The SVRDC made their selection based on the submitted nominations. Brown was nominated by fellow SVHM board member, John Twilley.
“He has been a lifetime volunteer,” said Twilley. “It’s not something he just did here and there.”
“He’s President of the SVHM and it would be sunk without him. He does all the organizing and most of the maintenance on the place. He’s there seven days a week and anything going on he’s always there helping people set up. Neil is the backbone of the place.
“He’s very deserving,” continued Twilley. “We only know a short list of what he does (because) he doesn’t go around boasting about it.”
Brown received the award at the Town of Swan River Christmas Party on Dec. 1 where a room of his peers roared with appreciation.
“It’s really me who should be thanking all of you,” said Brown. “The support that you get from the community and the town employees makes it easy when you live in such a wonderful community. When you’re a volunteer you have to have help too.”
Humble in his thanks to the many other volunteers that aid in what he does, Brown graciously accepted the award for making our community one to be proud of.

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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