Former Nelson resident Wilma Turner is the winner of the 2019 City of Castlegar Good Samaritan Award.
The award acknowledges individuals from Castlegar who perform public service acts in the community that often go unnoticed or without thanks or payment. Each year, the city asks residents of the community to nominate people who have performed a kind gesture or random act of kindness that improves the community’s appearance and/or assists others. All nominations are entered into a draw and a winner is randomly selected.
“Council was honoured to select this year’s winner,” says Mayor Bruno Tassone. “Wilma, who is 89, offers assistance wherever she sees a need — this includes delivering the newspaper, gardening and raking leaves for residents in her building.”
“Oh, this is such a surprise,” says Turner. “I really just like to keep busy and moving — my motto is use it or lose it.”
Turner was the longtime manager of the Nelson aquatic centre.