This year’s Lac La Biche County Senior Citizen Award recipient Annette Plamondon not only has decades of service supporting community organizations around the county but is also always willing to lend a hand to groups, activities and events that need support year-round. An attribute that led to her winning the long-standing community award.
“It was very humbling, I mean I thought a lot of other people would have deserved it more than I did. I do what I can to help the community. It’s such an awesome community to work in,” she said with a smile.
Plamondon has been volunteering with and serving as a board member for the Lac La Biche Mission Historical Society, Heritage Society, local Agricultural Society, Ladies Auxiliary, and at the William J. Cadzow Hospital and Lacalta Lodge Gift Shops to name a few.
In recent years, continuing to dedicate hundreds of hours to show up and lend a helping hand has provided more for her after experiencing the loss of her daughter and husband to cancer, she says.
“The community was so good to me during that time. I lost loved ones and I have a big void from that in my life and working in the community helps.” Through the devastating journey, the support from the community has made volunteering not only a priority but an act of service that Plamondon continues to pay forward and be passionate about.
“Its sort of pays back all the good that everybody has done for me during that whole time,” she said.
While Plamondon encourages anyone who has time to give back and support their community, the real blessing that is acquired from volunteering is the joy that comes from giving back and creating a positive society.
“I get more out of helping and serving people than what I can get…it’s really a humbling way to give back.”
Plamondon does not see herself hanging up her volunteer hat anytime soon as she continues to do what she loves while meeting people along the way.
“I love being out and about, meeting and conversing with people that’s what I love most. I'm humbled and it's such a privilege to receive such an award. I will continue this week with my volunteer work.”