Nancy Dedon receives Ontario Volunteer Service Award
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Nancy Dedon, who has lived in Sioux Lookout for 44 years, was acknowledged on April 27 in Dryden for her 35 years of volunteering and dedication with the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series.
Dedon received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes the length of time that a person has volunteered with one organization. The award recognizes a range from five to 65 years of continued service.
Dedon said the goal at the beginning of her service was to help bring an entertainment series to the community of Sioux Lookout.
“Originally, we were going to Dryden to their entertainment series and then a few of us decided that we could have our own in Sioux Lookout,” she said.
When asked about her experiences with the entertainment series over the years, Dedon explained that she’s enjoyed the people and the performances.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the committee all along. We’ve had good people working on the committee. There’s been lots of good entertainment as well.”
Laurel Wood, who has known Nancy since the early 80s, said she nominated Dedon for the award because she has been with the committee for so long and because Dedon is the only person from the original group still there.
“I mostly nominated her because she’s been there for so long. She’s the only person that’s still there from the original group.”
When asked about her favourite moments from those 35 years of involvement, Dedon enthusiastically responded, “All of it!”
Dedon’s Ontario Volunteer Service Award will go alongside the unofficial award that she’s always held with the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series – the best brownies around.
“If I don’t make and bring brownies, boy do I ever hear about it,” Dedon jokingly concluded.