Sidney named Caring Canadian

Helen Sidney is among 24 people who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award from Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon

  • Jan. 24, 2014 11:00 a.m.
Vernon's Helen Sidney is among 24 people who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Vernon's Helen Sidney is among 24 people who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Morning Star Staff

A Vernon resident is being recognized for her contributions to the community.

Helen Sidney is among 24 people who will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award from Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at a ceremony in Victoria today.

A retired teacher, Sidney is the dessert and pastry chef at  the Schubert Centre for seniors, where she has volunteered for more than 18 years.

She arrives early five days a week to bake the  breakfast muffins and pastries, and she never leaves without  giving a hand with the dishes and the clean-up.

“Helen Sidney gives  nourishment and inspiration to her community,” states a press release from Guichon’s office.

Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award  recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made  a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community,  in Canada or abroad.

Often working behind the scenes, these  individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow  citizens.

Sidney was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.