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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