Congratulations to Dave Dickson, of Williams Lake and Catherine Belleau, of Alkali Lake; both very worthy recipients of 2012 BC Community Achievement Awards.
While Dave Dickson is well-known in the lakecity for his many contributions to making our community a better and safer place to live, Catherine Belleau is not so well-known to the people of Williams Lake.
Catherine, an elder of the Esketemc First Nation at Esk’et, was honoured for her thirty-plus years as a child care worker in her community.
This diminutive, soft-spoken lady has nurtured and cared for hundreds of children (multiple generations of some families) in daycare with kindness, patience and love. Luckily, for the children, she has no plans for retirement anytime soon.
Now 73, Belleau smiles and says quietly, “maybe when I’m 80, I might not be working here.” This public recognition shines a light on Catherine’s daily dedication to the well-being of all children, and is richly deserved. Kukwstsetsemc (Thank you), Cathy!