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Vernon volunteer wins Sovereign's medal

Vernon woman honoured with national medal for volunteering
Vernon's Carolynn Dufresne of the Army Navy Airforce Ladies Auxiliary (centre) is awarded the Governor-General of Canada Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers by auxiliary members Maureen Halstrom (left) and president Tracey Reade.

Her first bit of volunteering, remembers Vernon's Carolynn Dufresne, was growing up an army cadet in her hometown of Edmonton.

She remembers helping out selling poppies during the Royal Canadian Legion's annual Poppy Campaign.

Since then, volunteering has been a way of life for Dufresne, recently honoured at one of her volunteer gigs, the Vernon Army Navy Airforce Ladies Auxiliary, with the Governor-General of Canada's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

"I was surprised, but very grateful," said Dufresne of receiving the honour.

For nearly a decade, Dufresne has been volunteering with ANAF Ladies Auxiliary, the Vernon Jazz Club, and the Vernon Lions and Vernon Leo Club (youth division of the Lions Club). The Lions Club motto is We Serve, which describes Dufresne perfectly.

"I'd say that's my life motto as well," she said.

Dufresne has also been a biathlon coach and band instructor for multiple cadet units, encouraging local youth to develop their skills and leadership abilities.

She is currently learning a new instrument – the snare drum – as a member of the North Okanagan Pipes and Drums band, and she teaches Vernon Sea and Navy League Cadets all wind instruments (she is a clarinet player).

Dufresne works for the Department of National Defence and is employed during the summer months at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre, which she attended as a youth.

The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers looks at passion, dedication and a commitment to community as the driving forces behind the volunteers who receive the honour.

The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. 

Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

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