Recent History – 1999
Nov. 15, 1999
By Mark Nielsen, Daily News Staff
Each receiving a standing ovation as well as a plaque, the winners of six awards were announced during the Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce President’s Ball on Saturday night at the Elks Hall.
Acknowledging more than 40 years of community involvement, Marjorie Monlezun was named Citizen of the Year. Monlezun has been involved in several arts and community-related organizations over the years, said Mayor Blair Lekstrom, who presented her with the award.
“It’s not just for what you’ve done this year, it’s what you’ve done for the city over many years,” he said.
Monlezun was a founding member of the Beautification Committee and the local genealogy society.
And she’s been an active member of the Historical Society, the Arts Society, and the Shriner’s international night.
Monlezun said there were many other people in town who are just as deserving of the award. “It’s just all be a lot of fun really,” she said, adding that she’s been involved in so many things because she’s has a history of moving from one pursuit to the next. Where she’ll go from here, she does not know. “I’ll just stick with the Roots group for now,” she said of the genealogy society.
Herb and Myrna Nodes of Nodes Construction were named the business of the year, Neel Trasy, who runs Ysart Creations was named the young entrepreneur of the year and the arts supporting business of the year award went to Audree Nelson of Picture It Framing and Gallery.
The South Peace Crime Prevention Association was named the service club of the year, with Yogi Jorgensen receiving the plaque. And Millennium awards were presented to the Dawson Creek RCMP and the Dawson Creek Fire Department, Gerry Falk and Ray Chapman receiving the respective awards.