2012 – Basil Agnew
Basil Agnew moved to Morden in 1970 along with his wife, Barbara and their 6 children, and his exemplary volunteer efforts have demonstrated dedication, leadership and citizenship. In the 40+ years that he and Barb have lived in Morden, Basil has served the Morden community in the fields of sports, business, church, and elsewhere.
When Morden hosted the 1996 Manitoba Summer Games Basil was the Volunteer Recruitment Chairperson for the Operations Committee. He secured and scheduled hundreds of volunteers to help make the Games a huge success. When Morden Friendship Centre hosted the Manitoba Senior Games in 2002 he was the chairperson of fundraising and after all expenses were covered, they recognized a profit of almost $5,000. This profit was endowed with the Morden Area Foundation, and each year the earnings continue to support sports and recreation projects in Morden and area.
Over his years in Morden, Basil has been involved in many local charitable endeavours. Basil was always willing to donate to community functions and to help families in need. No matter what time of day or night, if there was an emergency and people needed things, he opened his store, Stedmans, and helped them. A family that suffered a fire in the middle of the night came to Stedmans for clothes and boots for the next day.
Basil has been involved with his church community, Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, and Building Committee. He joined the Services for Seniors Organization in 1991 and along with Esther Zacharias spent the next two years looking for a building to purchase for a new Friendship Centre, raising funds and working with the old friendship centre committee to join the new group. He also served on the Morden & District Museum board and Kinsmen Club.
Now that he’s 82, Basil still does a few jobs for others, as he is able. He works at bingo at the Friendship Centre once a month and calls bingo at Tabor Home weekly. He sells fifty – $100 tickets for the Corn & Apple fundraiser, ten tickets for the Tabor Home Handi Van fundraiser and assists with the Tabor Home Fundraising campaign. He is assisting with the sponsorship drive for the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Games.
In 1998 Basil was the only Manitoban out of 53 Canadians to receive the Governor General Caring Canadian Award. Morden Area Foundation is proud to join in recognizing his generosity and his accomplishments.