On Sept. 18th at Town Hall, Gibsons Mayor Wayne Rowe presented Violet Winegarden with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, consisting of a lapel pin and a certificate on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
She was presented with a lovely corsage and made a short acceptance speech before the Town feted her with a fine tea, featuring a cake with her photo on it.
Even though this event was not advertised, the Hall was packed out with cheering fans who were delighted to witness this ceremony and wish her well.
It’s difficult to believe Violet is 83 years old, as she still actively runs “Happy Cat Haven” from her home on the Sunshine Coast BC Canada where she cares for numerous cats & has helped thousands of abandoned animals to find good homes.
This prestigious award involves more than this one aspect of her life however, as she has devoted her entire life to the service of the community being involved with and a foundling member of several non-profit groups.
She’s also found the goodness in many troubled youth and nurtured dozens of foster children – the Ministry always giving her the most troubling cases to deal with.
It was a fun party for a deserving, committed volunteer who should have been recognized years ago.
Happy Cat Haven Can Always Use Your Donations!
You can help these wonderful kitties. Happy Cat is always Fundraising because…
It actually costs an average of $8,000. to $10,000. a month to keep the Happy Cat Haven in operation!
They are very grateful for your help, no matter how big or small.
You can donate online by clicking here: Donate to Happy Cat Haven
It’s Always a Good Day on the Sunshine Coast! Duane Burnett
Photos and story kindly submitted by Lola Westell.