LANGLEY – Bev Dornan was floored when her name was announced as the Harold Stafford Good Citizen of the Year on Dec. 9. Dornan was given the award at the dinner meeting of Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. The chamber selects one citizen every year who exemplifies selfless service to the community.
"It never, ever occurred to me," Dornan said when asked if she suspected she had been named.
Some nominees have to be specially invited to the event, but Dornan, a past chamber president, usually attends. However, she had a conflict with another meeting and considered skipping it. Kurt and Brenda Alberts offered to give her a lift, apparently afraid she wouldn’t come, Dornan said.
Dornan was honoured for a long list of events for which she’s volunteered. In the last year, her most high-profile work has been her leadership of the annual Langley Relay for Life, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society.
She said she got into volunteering through her work with the old Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, starting with events like the Aldergrove Fair Days and the neighbourhood’s Youth Ambassador Program. She kept on taking up new jobs and causes after joining the Greater Langley Chamber.