Coun. Duncan McMaster, Coun. Tom Stere, Mayor Josie Osborne, Maureen Fraser, Coun. Dorothy Baert, Coun. Al Anderson, Coun. Britt Chalmers and Coun. Andrea McQuade celebrated Fraser’s Volunteer Recognition Award in Tofino’s council chambers on Nov. 27. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Tofino honours longtime volunteer

“Your encouragement, particularly as a woman, is something that has not gone unnoticed.”

Maureen Fraser’s dedication to her community was celebrated last week as she was honoured with a Tofino Volunteer Recognition Award.

“This is one of the nicest things I ever get to do, which is on behalf of council recognize a person who’s made a significant investment and contribution to our community as a volunteer,” said Tofino mayor Josie Osborne at the start of Nov. 27’s council meeting.

Osborne said she was pleased to see a standing-room-only audience present at the meeting to witness Fraser being recognized.

“Maureen, as many of us know, is an incredibly successful business woman and she has been a passionate advocate for the environment and this community for over 30 years,” Osborne said. “No matter what board or organization she has volunteered for, and there are many, she has inspired and encouraged so many community members.”

Tofino’s volunteer recognition program receives nominations from the public, which are then reviewed by a committee and put forward for council’s endorsement.

“We ask for nominations for those people who really go above and beyond in our community in the way that they’ve contributed,” Osborne said.

She noted that all nominators are kept anonymous, but did reveal that a young woman in the community had nominated Fraser.

“Your encouragement, particularly as a woman, is something that has not gone unnoticed,” Osborne said to Fraser before reading from the nomination letter: “I feel that Maureen is a person to look up to and to emulate. I admire her level-headedness, her calmness and her never-ending dedication.”

Osborne added that she herself had been privileged to see Fraser’s inspirational attributes in action during her time with Tofino’s destination marketing organization.

“I sat with Maureen on the board at Tourism Tofino and witnessed her ability to consistently, and very diplomatically, bring forward important issues that are sometimes unsaid,” Osborne said. “And, her contribution in arts, culture and heritage is evident today in her working with the Tofino Arts Council and the Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Society”

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