Bev Dornan was floored when her name was announced as the Harold Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Tuesday night.
Dornan was given the award at the dinner meeting of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. The chamber selects one citizen every year who exemplifies selfless service to the community.
â€œIt never, ever occurred to me,â€ 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 wouldnâ€™t come, Dornan said.
Dornan was honoured for a long list of events for which sheâ€™s volunteered. In the last year her most high profile has been her leadership of the annual Langley Relay for Life, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Chamber vice president Eric Woodward called her a â€œtrue inspiration.â€
Dornan was almost speechless.
â€œI dont know if I can say anything, itâ€™s such a shock,â€ she said.
Thankful for being chosen, she said she wasnâ€™t planning on stopping her work in the community and she was looking for new opportunities.
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 neighbourhoodâ€™s Youth Ambassador Program. She kept on taking up new jobs and causes after joining the Greater Langley Chamber.
â€œI certainly enjoyed it,â€ Dornan said.
She said the other past winners of the award told her sheâ€™s now joined a club.
â€œItâ€™s a great honour,â€ Dornan said. â€œItâ€™s named after a great person.â€
Harold Stafford was a Langley businessperson, political leader, and tireless volunteer. H.D. Stafford Middle School is named in his honour.