Celebrating Lynette Cobb

It always makes me feel good to see great volunteers from the Cariboo-Chilcotin work together in building a stronger and vibrant community.

It always makes me feel good to see great volunteers from the Cariboo-Chilcotin work together in building a stronger and vibrant community.

That is why it is my pleasure to dedicate this column to a great Williams Lake volunteer and model citizen of our region, Lynette Cobb.

This year Lynette was chosen by an independent advisory council to be a recipient of this year’s 2014 BC Community Achievement Awards.

These awards recognize and celebrate the spirit, imagination, dedication and contribution of British Columbians to their communities throughout the Province.

There is no doubt that she is worthy of this award. She has spent her life devoted to helping others less fortunate and a positive role-model for the people of Williams Lake.

I have known Lynette for more than 30 years. Not only is she a mother and wife, but she was a small business owner of a ladies wear store in Williams Lake.

It was during this time that Lynette was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Not one to let this often devastating illness change her life, she persevered with all of her activities until it became physically impossible to manage a business.

Lynette has been a tireless advocate and supporter of the Crisis and Counselling Centre at the Canadian Mental Health Association.  Over the years, Lynette has volunteered almost 48,600 hours to this worthy cause.

She has also volunteered over 3,000 hours for the RCMP victim services, and created a support group for others who are dealing with Multiple Sclerosis through a MS self-help group.

Lynette is an example of an exceptional individual who gives selflessly of herself.  Her positive spirit, kindness and sunny disposition are seen in her actions towards helping others.

Join me in congratulating Lynette Cobb for winning this award and thank her for incredible community work.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin.