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Posted: December 20, 2017

Electoral Area A Volunteer of the Year recognized

Johnny Shaw has been officially recognized as the 2017 Electoral Area A Volunteer of the Year.

“Johnny is well-known for his work on local trails, where he has devoted years to improving access for children and families as well as experienced bikers, hikers and skiers,” said Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “He has contributed countless hours as a board member of both the Fernie Trails Alliance and Fernie Nordic Society and is a member of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club.”

In addition, Shaw was the liaison with community groups, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the province that lead to the completion of the covered bridge over Fairy Creek and the connecting trail from Brickers Road behind the Information Centre, which provides a safe route for pedestrians.

“Over the past two years, he has run a program at Isabella Dicken Elementary every Monday through the winter which gives over 80 kids a chance to strap on the skis and play in the snow,” added Sosnowski. Throughout the week, Shaw supports a team of racers, volunteering time as a coach and supporter.

As a father of two children at Isabella Dicken Elementary School, he can often be found volunteering. From basketball and volleyball coach, to cross country skiing and mountain bike club organizer, Shaw is inspiring our youth through his passion and dedicated service.

He was formally recognized and presented with a gift of appreciation at the recent Area A Town Hall Meeting.

The nominations for the 2018 RDEK Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year begin in January. Nomination forms will be available on the RDEK’s website and through its Cranbrook and Columbia Valley offices. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2018.

Lead image: Johnny Shaw, left, is presented 2017 Electoral Area A Volunteer of the Year by Mike Sosnowski, Area A Director. RDEK Image


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