The highest award a legion member can receive is the Royal Canadian Legion Meritorious Service Medal and Dorothy Houghton just received it.
Her dedication to the community and to the Legion has made her an ideal recipient of the award; Houghton became a member of the Legion in 1995 as well as the Ladies Auxiliary and has been busy supporting veterans and the legion’s affairs ever since.
She was chairman in 2007 and then president from 2008 to 2009. While president, Houghton devoted many hours assisting the membership chairman and retyping proposed amendments to the branch’s bylaws.
Houghton was also the secretary, membership chair, and eventually president of the Ladies Auxiliary from 2004 to 2005. She spent much of her time chairing the committee responsible for researching names, narrations and photos of more than 300 local veterans for the inclusion in the Provincial Command Book of Recognition and organized the distribution of the books to veterans or their families.
Houghton helped involve the branch in the Building Bridges program and sent packages to Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan.
In addition to her service and accomplishments, Houghton was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in Red Deer. Premiere Alison Redford with Lt.-Gov. of Alberta Donald Ethel awarded her and 22 other Albertans the medal for her outstanding service to the community and the province.
She has been president and past president of the Senior’s Drop-In Centre, has volunteered with the 4-H clubs, Victims Services and other community and church groups in Ponoka.