Volunteering cures what ails you

Louis Beaulieu is honoured by his Volunteer Citizen of the Year nomination

Louis Beaulieu and his wife were searching B.C. for the right retirement community for them. Louis has spent his working career with CP Rail as well as private renovation contracting. After much searching they fell in love with Quesnel and their retirement home in 2009. Two years later, Louis became a widower and found himself depressed and lonely.

“I saw the ad in community calender in the paper that the Hospital Auxiliary was looking for new members,” he says.

“And I thought this was a good opportunity to get out of the house.”

The Alberta transplant was on the road to finding a satisfying retirement lifestyle.

He joined the Lions Club (there was a crossover with a couple of auxiliary members who were also Lions members) and has held several offices in that organization, including his current positions of director and vice-president of the Lions Club and director on the Housing Committee.

Still with time on his hands, Louis is a director of Baker Creek Enhancement Society and an active member of Northstar Church, where he also helps with light maintenance jobs.

As for this nomination, it wasn’t something Louis says he ever expected, but he admits his philosophy has always been to help others.

“I have good health and am in good shape, so I can help others to improve their situations,” he says.

“A person who dedicates themselves needs support and recognition for what they do and that’s true of all volunteers.”

He was pleased to report the act of volunteering has just about eliminated his depression and loneliness.

“It’s so rewarding to help others.”

The 2018 Quesnel Volunteer Citizen of the Year (VCofY) Banquet and Awards Ceremony where the 2017 VCofY will be announced is slated for April 18 in the Billy Barker Casino Showroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner service starts at 6 p.m., and the ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, available at Quesnel City Hall.

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