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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:54

Swift Current Kiwanis director wins South West Rec. District Volunteer Awards

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Local volunteer Larry Johnson was recently honoured for his dedication to the community at The South West Rec. District’s Volunteer Awards in Moose Jaw.

The awards were presented to volunteers whose work in the fields of culture, recreation and sport is exemplary, and Johnson was nominated for the award by the City of Swift Current Recreation and Parks Department.

“It was a really nice surprise when I got the call about a month ago that my name was nominated for the award, and then especially when I got a call from Moose Jaw inviting me there for the banquet,” admitted Johnson, who is a member of the board of directors for the Swift Current Kiwanis Club.
In addition to his work with the club, Johnson has coached minor hockey in Swift Current for more than 40 years and is a co-founder of the local wheelchair hockey team. He has been involved with a number of groups and activities throughout Swift Current over the years, and especially enjoys working with youth.
“It’s been really good for me,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of great people, I have friends from all over the province. I always remembered the people who volunteered around Moose Jaw when I was growing up there, and I thought it would be great if I could give back to my community in the same way.”
Now Johnson is retired, he has even more time to help out whenever he is needed. He remains active with the local Kiwanis Club, but doesn’t do as much volunteer work throughout the summer. This winter, Johnson plans to do more coaching and working with the Kiwanis Club on whatever comes up.
“It’s really not just about what you give back, it’s what you’re getting out of it that makes it great, too,” Johnson explained. “The satisfaction of doing something that’s important to you, meeting different people in the community, and really, I think you get more out of it than what you put in. Volunteering is a wonderful experience.”
He is grateful to the many other dedicated volunteers in Swift Current for making it fun for him to be involved. He is also glad to have had the support of his family, who made it possible for him to be as active has he has been.
“I just hope that I’ve given some good advice and good opinions to the people that I’ve worked with,” Johnson said.
The South West District’s Volunteer Awards also recognized Doug Ferguson from Stewart Valley, who was nominated by the Stewart Valley Recreation Board. Ferguson received an award in the senior’s category, to thank him for the hard work he has put in as a volunteer as well.

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