Wendy Becenko presented with The Garden of Saskatchewan Citizen’s Ring Award

Each year nominations for the Garden of Saskatchewan (GOS) Citizen’s Ring Award are received by the award committee.

Kamsack resident Wendy Becenko was named as the recipient for 2018.

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Becenko was nominated by Carol Gillespie of Gimli, Man., on behalf of the family members of Stan and Betty Clark, the founders of the award.

For over 30 years this award has been given out in recognition of individuals who have dedicated an outstanding contribution to their community through public service in the community groups and local government.

In the nomination, Gillespie indicated that Becenko has been involved in spearheading the Citizen’s Ring Awards, which yearly entails hours of work preparing paperwork and involving the media, closest towns, RMs and First Nations communities, arranging meals, attending meetings, ordering rings and plaques, having them engraved and informing the submitters.

“Wendy’s volunteer dedication has kept this award alive to honour local people for their years of community service,” she said.

Becenko has contributed to the betterment of the community through her involvement in the following groups and organizations: the Chamber of Commerce, East-Central Tourism Board, Ventures Community Futures Board, Assiniboine Valley Health and Wellness Foundation, KEDA (Kamsack Economic Development Authority) Board, and as a founding member of KamKids Daycare.

“While Wendy spends a lot of time away from home with her community service, her family takes care of everything that needs to be done,” Gillespie said.

Becenko also volunteers her time to accompany the Kamsack Community Choir on piano and plays piano at the Westminster Memorial United Church.

“I am humbled and grateful to receive this meaningful award,” said Becenko.