Garry Spotowski Volunteer Appreciation Award Established

Kate Quinn and Rosalie Gelderman receive inaugural award.

  • Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula Kirman (left) and Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman (far right) with Rosalie Gelderman (centre left) and Kate Quinn. Supplied

Kate Quinn and Rosalie Gelderman are beloved volunteers in the McCauley community. Both women have worked tirelessly over the past years (nearly 40!) to be positive forces and help improve living conditions for themselves and others. Kate and Rosalie have both been continuous volunteers for Boyle McCauley News by sitting on the board, putting the paper together, typesetting, proofreading, writing articles, and delivering the papers. Rosalie is also the paper’s bookkeeper.

Both women have also dedicated years of service on the McCauley Community League Board. Indeed, that is where they first met. Along with working to ensure the continuity of the newspaper for our neighbourhood, they also studied the issue of sex trade workers in McCauley and lobbied City Hall. Their work led to the development of the John School which taught “johns” that their exploitation of women was not a victimless crime, and the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation, for which Kate continues to serve as Executive Director.

The Garry Spotowski Award was initiated this year after Garry’s sudden and premature death this past summer. He was a much-loved member of the McCauley community, and a former editor of this paper. There are many people to thank for the success of Boyle McCauley News, but Rosalie and Kate are excellent choices for the inaugural award.

Award recipients receive a gift card from a local business and we are developing a section of our website to recognize the winners.

It is truly impossible to list in this space the accomplishments of both of these people. Thank you Rosalie and Kate, for your dedication to our home.

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  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. This is a group photo of the volunteers. Fab Colli

  • New Community Garden a Team Effort – Stadium Affordable Storage Centre at 8618 106A Avenue led the creation of a new, thriving community garden this past summer. The owners did a door-to-door flyer to all the surrounding apartments and within three days had a dozen names of volunteers. Maintenance person Fred Saint built the raised beds at the office in the dock area. The volunteer team helped get the beds filled with soil and planted. Next season, the company is looking to double the current size, and to add a fence, signage, and a walk system between the plots. Pictured here are the raised beds. Fab Colli

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Volunteer With Us!

We are always looking for new writers and photographers, as well as ideas for future stories. We also regularly need block carriers to help with the delivery and distribution of the paper. Email Paula with your submissions, feedback, ideas, and availability. We also ask that contributors read our Editorial Guidelines and that all volunteers read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

Upcoming Themes

Our February 2018 theme is “Sights and Sounds.” What do you like to look at in the area (local public art and murals? Community gardens?)? What sounds move you? Music from local festivals? Nearby venues? Deadline: January 12, 2018. Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.