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Tireless Vernon volunteer Cathie Stewart named JCI Vernon's Good Citizen of the Year

Cathie named Good Citizen

Vernon's Good Citizen of the Year says she prefers the background.

A humble Cathie Stewart has volunteered for multiple organizations since moving to the city in the 1970s.

It all started with the Vernon Crisis Line when she saw a poster on the bulletin board at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where she used to work.

Since then, Stewart has volunteered at Powerhouse Theatre, the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival, the Okanagan Military Tattoo, Vernon Screen Arts Society, has catered for many charitable events, and most recently has served as president of the Vernon Jazz Club.

"I'm more comfortable in the background," Stewart said Wednesday as she received her award from JCI Vernon and sponsors Kidston & Company.

She says she's not creative herself, but the many artistic groups she helps "need people acknowledge (their) amazingness ... that's what I do."

She says it all comes down to "being open to being open," saying yes, and the experience, she adds, "broadens your view of the world."

JCI's Abby Lagerquist says the organization received more than 20 nominations for the honour this year.

"The judging panel talked for weeks ... it really boiled down to someone who does so much for the community."

Local law firm Kidston & Co. gave Stewart $500 towards the charity or cause of her choice.

Stewart was nominated by her friend Givonna DeBruin for her many good deeds.

"The award recognizes someone doing outstanding work in the community," said Lagerquist.

Stewart said she was "speechless" when she learned of the recognition.

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