Left, Eileen Clarke, minister of Northern Relations, award winner June Letkeman, Dave Schellenberg, chair of Manitoba Council on Aging, and Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon.
Plum Coulee’s June Letkeman was one of seven people in Manitoba to receive a Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Award.
She received her award in a ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature on Oct. 20.
“It means a lot,” Letkeman said of the award which she had only recently learned about. “It’s really nice to be recognized.”
Letkeman is involved in the local Chamber of Commerce, Plum Fest Committee, Prairieview Elevator Museum , the Plum Coulee Community Foundation board of directors and other roles such as South Central Cancer Resource.
She said there are many people who deserve this award.
“I’m sure that there’s a lot of volunteers out there that deserve it more,” she said. “I was very fortunate that my friends nominated me and I got the award.”
Letkeman was nominated by Dorothy Derksen and Nettie Kehler.
She said giving back to Plum Coulee is something she does because she loves the community, adding that when she was in business they were well supported. “The Town of Plum Coulee and the people that live in it have been very, very good to me,” she said. “Because I started volunteering, I got into the community. It’s just a great community to live in and I feel that I have the time and the resources to volunteer so that’s what I do.”
Letkeman said she’s always been drawn to areas where she can help others.
“I’m on the South Central Cancer Resource board and it’s rewarding to know that I’m on a board where we do help cancer patients,” she said. “We do a lot for them and it’s a much needed resource for our area.”
Letkeman has also worked hard on the age friendly facility in Plum Coulee. “It’s exciting and it’s really rewarding to be involved in it,” she said.
She said volunteering is necessary to making strong communities, and said it is very rewarding to take part.
“We wouldn’t have anything without our volunteers,” she said. “There were seven of us that got those awards and it was amazing what they do in their communities.”
“If you get involved in your community, you feel like you belong to that community,” she added.
The Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards were created to recognize seniors who are community leaders.
Dave Schellenberg, chair of Manitoba Council on Aging said each of the winners volunteer and devote their skills to improving communities. “Everyone benefits when seniors take the time to share their expertise and we want to thank these individuals for their hard work in making their communities stronger,” he said.
Honourable mention certificates were also presented to 21 seniors including Morden’s Roseanne Reichert.