Marion Crawford honoured for volunteerism

Marion Crawford is the 2010 recipient of the Morna Chorney Heart and Soul Volunteer Award.

  • Apr. 27, 2010 10:00 a.m.
Known as “The Money Lady” because of her decades as a volunteer treasurer for several service clubs

Known as “The Money Lady” because of her decades as a volunteer treasurer for several service clubs

Known as “The Money Lady” because of her decades as a volunteer treasurer for several service clubs, Marion Crawford is the 2010 recipient of the Morna Chorney Heart and Soul Volunteer Award.

The award is presented annually to a deserving volunteer 60 years of age or older who displays commitment, leadership and community spirit. Crawford volunteers more than 800 hours annually to a variety of services in Ponoka.

“In every community there’s work to be done and in every heart there’s power to do it,” said Bill Chorney in introducing the winner at the Volunteer Recognition Event last week. “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Within it beats the spirit of service, generosity and compassion.”

He said Crawford has “poured her heart and soul into her community for over 60 years.” As a young volunteer she cooked meals for threshing crews and was a volunteer with the Ponoka 4-H Horse Club. She is a dedicated and active member of the Ponoka branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, participating in Remembrance Day services, bingos, meat draws and special events. She has been bestowed with five awards of achievement by the legion.

Acknowledged for her “integrity, honesty and accounting skills” over the years, Crawford has been treasurer of the legion, Ponoka United Church women’s group and the Ponoka Food Bank.

She is a canvasser for the Arthritis Society and a frequent visitor of seniors and shut-ins at the hospital. Crawford was recognized as a long-time volunteer driver by the Alberta Motor Association in 2009, receiving its Driving Angel Award.

“FCSS could count on her to deliver the Meals on Wheels to needy seniors in our community — rain or shine,” said Chorney.

Crawford’s philosophy of services is a simple one, Chorney said: “I will help others and share my time and knowledge to the service groups and my church, my friends and others I am fortunate enough to meet along my life’s journey.”

In accepting the award with a standing ovation, Crawford thanked the community for its support. “I’ve certainly enjoyed working with everybody and helping everybody who needs the help.”