Barriere Citizen of Year: Audrey Rilcoe roasted and toasted

North Thompson Star/Journal sponsored award presented to latest recipient

North Thompson Star/Journal editor

North Thompson Star/Journal editor

2014 Barriere Citizen of the Year, Audrey Rilcoe, was roasted and toasted to a packed house by family, friends and dignitaries at the fall fair hall last Saturday evening.

MP Cathy McLeod, plus MLA and Minister of Health Terry Lake were on hand to make presentations to Rilcoe, and to thank her for the work she has done, and continues to do, to help make Barriere a great place to live.  Presentations were also made from Mayor Virginia Smith on behalf of the District of Barriere, and Frank Gordon on behalf of the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce and the Thompson Nicola Regional District Area “O”.

Citizen of the Year award sponsor, the North Thompson Star/Journal, was represented by editor, Jill Hayward, who made the award presentation to Rilcoe.

“The Star/Journal is extremely proud to be able to sponsor this award,” said Hayward, “When you are in the community newspaper business you get to have a pretty good handle on who does what in the community.  Most of the names we know, but there are also a lot of good folks out there who we do not.  It is with great appreciation that we can thank these wonderful community volunteers be recognizing them as a nominee or as a Barriere Citizen of the Year.”

The 2014 nominees were recognized, and those attending presented with a certificate for their achievements.

Centenarian Manna(101) and Geordie Salle were in attendance, and special note was made that they were the first to be named Barriere Citizens of the Year in 1988.

Great fun was then had by all as a long list of speakers came to the microphone to roast and toast Rilcoe.  Flower arrangements, cards and good wishes were in abundance, as were Len and Audrey Rilcoe’s children and grandchildren.

In all, awonderful evening to say “thank you” to one of Barriere’s many awesome volunteers.