YORKTON - Darlene Stakiw has been presented the City of Yorkton Certificate of Achievement.
The presentation came Monday with the unanimous support of Yorkton Council at its regular meeting to accept the recommendation from the Civic Recognition Awards Committee.
“Our Civic Recognition Awards Committee received a nomination for Ms. Darlene Stakiw to be awarded with the City of Yorkton – Certificate of Achievement earlier this Year,” explained Jessica Matsalla - City Clerk with the City at the meeting.
Matsalla said the committee was proud to recommend Stakiw for the award based on “her excellent and dedicated community service to Yorkton over many decades, and for her National recognition on her volunteerism.”
As an example of her Stakiw’s efforts Matsalla noted that in October 2021, she received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV) at Government House.
The SMV is a national award that recognizes the volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
It is the highest honour for volunteer services that an individual can receive within the Canadian Honours System.
“The eligibility for the Medal is any living Canadian citizen who has made unpaid, sustained and significant volunteer contributions to their community in Canada or abroad. Darlene has tirelessly volunteered for organizations including Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, and has advocated for people dealing with mental health issues,” detailed Matsalla.
As for the Certificate of Achievement it was developed to provide the Mayor and City Council with a meaningful and enduring way to recognize citizens of extraordinary achievement. Yorkton residents who achieve international, national or provincial excellence in business, education, academics, science and technology, community service, the arts, or sports may be considered for this very special honour, said Matsalla.