Tireless volunteer, Judy Beaton was announced as the winner of the 2012 Nominate Your Neighbour Award. Beaton was presented the award in front of a full crowd at the grand opening of the EKCCU Sparwood Branch. Humble as usual about her efforts, Beaton thanked the community and her fellow nominees for all the work they do helping to make the community a better place.
Judy is described as a much respected member of the community and a tireless member of the Sparwood Lions Club. On her own, through bottle drives, Judy has raised $10,000 for the Water Spray Park and continues to collect bottles. She spends much of her time volunteering and encouraging others to volunteer as well. It has been said of Judy: “She is someone you would like to be able to pattern an entire community after.”
Beaton named the Sparwood Lions Club as the recipient of the $3000 award, noting that she feels that they would be best able to spread the money around and help many people.
The ‘Nominate your Neighbour’ contest was created by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union, as they explain they were looking for fun and innovative way to reward the community and to tell the stories of all the exceptional people who make Sparwood a truly great place to live.