After leaving teaching, a volunteer dedicated her life to helping others and was recently given the Alberta Seniors Service Award.
“After I quit teaching I just needed a reason to get up in the morning,” said Bernie Anderson.
After retiring, Anderson got a keyboard and immersed herself in music and the Falun Seniors volunteer group.
“Whatever needs doing and organizing I try to do it,” said Anderson.
When the choir leader quite the Mulhurst Bay Singers Anderson took over and the band she performs with — Barb Wire and Roses — tours central Alberta, playing seniors’ centres, residences and hospitals.
Anderson was nominated for the award by Donnalee Mishio and was presented with the honour during the 2016 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards Banquet, Sept. 28.
“People have been so appreciative for what we do for them that it doesn’t even seem like volunteering, as it gives us much enjoyment and satisfaction as well; and it boosts our energy. Thank you to all of you who have inspired me to do more,” said Anderson, in her acceptance speech.
Anderson also made mention of the volunteer groups she serves, stating the award is not hers alone, as all the volunteers work hard and play hard to bring joy to the lives of those impacted by the groups. “It has been wonderful working or playing with such supportive people in our seniors organization and community of Falun, and neighbouring communities, whether in organizing dances, bus trips, floor curling, bocce, court whist, our choir … or our band.”