2015 – Edith Lovatt
Nominated by Marlene Holewka and Sue Nelson, we extend congratulations to Edith Lovatt Morden’s 2015 Outstanding Community Volunteer of the Year! Edith has been involved in various areas of volunteering in our community since she and her husband Laverne made Morden their home in 1986.
A nurse by profession, Edith’s experience includes Northern Nursing, Nursing Management, and Public Health, and her genuine caring for people, along with her professional knowledge and skills are often transferable to her volunteering commitments.
At this time, Edith is a team member on a local Refugee Support Group, comprised of representatives from Pembina Parish United Church, Morden Mennonite Church, and Pembina Mennonite Fellowship. Edith’s role is to act as the medical contact person. She has been very busy arranging for and transporting the family members to medical, dental, and vision care appointments. Edith has provided one of the consistent faces the family knows they can count on. She has spent a lot of time with them, and is enjoying the ‘pseudo grandchildren’ very much.
Edith is a committee member of City of Morden’s Community Development Department’s Community Driven Immigration Initiative that works in partnership with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program.
Edith volunteers with Regional Connections in the areas of Volunteer Services for Newcomers, Community Tour Guide, Language Buddy, and for the past 2 years helping to host the Welcome Evening for newcomers once a month. Edith has helped to organize Winterfest for the past 8 years.
Edith was a founding member of ‘Many Hands’ in 2010, and continues to be active with this organization. She is currently on the Board and serves as Treasurer. She has acted as community meal coordinator. This spring, she will be taking over the organizing and running of the Community Garden.
Edith is a pillar of St. Paul’s United Church, Pembina Parish Church Community. She has had several leadership positions over the years, and is currently on the Leadership Team. Edith is always ready to help with any church work from organizing a new project to decorating, cooking, baking, or working in the kitchen for fellowship events or fundraisers.
Edith has been involved with Morden Minor Ball for 10 years. This is her third year as Chairperson, and prior to that she was the Secretary for 5 years. She has been the Concession Convener, and has coordinated scorekeeping for tournaments, spending many a summer weekend at the ball diamonds.
Edith was a Girl Guide Leader from about 1994 – 2009, a total of 15 years of working with young girls age 9 to 18 years. Edith has been the recipient of the Silver Merit Award which is presented by the Girl Guides of Canada to adult members for excellent service to Guiding over and above the basic requirements of the position held. Edith was also involved in the Boy Scout program, as a Beaver and Cub leader for 5 years. This included several years of coordination of the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast at the Corn and Apple Festival.
In 1997, Edith started the Bunny Rabbit Ski Program with the Boundary Trails Nordic Club. She served as a coach and secretary, and continued with this program for about 5 years till 2002.
Both Edith and Laverne have worked with organizations and activities that their children were involved in, thereby modeling the importance of volunteerism and how it can contribute to personal growth and development to them, as well as to the other children they have supported as leaders. Edith is an inspiring role model for Volunteerism. She is a consistent, committed, compassionate, contributor to our community.