Sue Nelson 2018 Citizen of Distinction
Congratulations to Morden’s own Sue Nelson for being chosen Citizen of Distinction for 2018. Sue was nominated by past Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Edith Lovatt and friend Freda Lumgair who tell us:
Sue Nelson, along with her husband Ted with their two young daughters Allison and Heather, moved to Morden 30 some years ago. Sue and Ted purchased the Morden Pharmacy, which later became Shoppers Drug Mart, where Sue was the lead pharmacist. Sue very quickly became involved in the community.
Sue was a Girl Guide leader for over 18 years, leading even after her own daughters had aged out of the program. During that time she was honored with provincial awards for her service to Girl Guides.
Through all the years in Morden Sue has been involved with the St. Pau’s United Church. She has been the lead fundraiser for the Mission and Service and the Out6reach Interest Groups. Both these groups lend financial assistance to groups outside of the United Church, such as the Morden school breakfast program, Genesis House, and Boundary Trails chaplaincy program.
Sue served on the Many Hands Community Resource Centre board from 2012 to 2014.
Upon retirement, Sue volunteered at the Morden Thrift Store.
Sue was on the South Central Cancer Resource (SCCR) board starting in 2014 and served as co-chair during her tenure. She took a lead roll in establishing the new annual SCCR fashion show. She was also instrumental in creating a fund at the Morden Area Foundation for SCCR wherein the interest earned from said fund will assist in the general operations and program of SCCR.
Currently Sue is a board member with Habitat for Humanity Morden/Winkler Chapter and has taken on a lead role for fundraising. Because of this program, a new home will be built in both Morden and Winkler for two awesome local families.
One of Sue’s hobbies is quilting, but it is not just enough to sit at home and quilt. Sue joined the Barnswallow Quilt guild and was soon on the board of the annual Quilt Show co-chairing various portions of the show. Sue is currently in her third year as show co-chair.
Thank you Sue for your enthusiasm, leadership, and excitement to help make Morden a better place to live, work, and play.