Area G Volunteers of the Year honoured
Sue and Tom Hoyne have been officially recognized as the 2022 Electoral Area G Volunteers of the Year.
“Sue and Tom are remarkable assets to the community. Their unwavering support of so many local initiatives in Wilmer and the Valley has truly made a difference. We are proud and grateful to have such dedicated residents in our area,” said Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Electoral Area G Director Gerry Wilkie.
The Hoynes have been pillars of the Wilmer Community Club for over 15 years, with Tom as President and Sue as the Secretary Treasurer.
Their dedication and hard work have led the way in the development of the club, its membership, and the Wilmer Community Club building.
When Wilmer’s elementary school was decommissioned, the Hoynes led the charge in saving the building to establish it as a Community Hall.
Both Tom and Sue also oversaw the development of a state-of-the-art community playground and are always available for planning and participation to support social fund-raising activities.
Most recently, Wilmer has received the FireSmart designation. Sue sits on the Coordinating Committee and oversees the financials, and both Sue and Tom were heavily involved in the coordination and execution of two neighbourhood clean-ups which were instrumental in gaining this recognition.
This has led to their area gaining provincial support for prescribed wildfire management, which is vital to keep homes and properties safe from wildfire.
Director Wilkie formally recognized the Hoynes at a private event in Wilmer on August 14.
Lead image: Tom and Sue Hoyne with Area G Director Gerry Wilkie, right. RDEK photo