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Churchbridge man to be honoured with Volunteer Medal

Reflects on past accomplishments

CHURCHBRIDGE – The Government of Saskatchewan announced the recipients of their volunteer medal on Friday, March 25th.  Among the recipients is Bob Bjarnason of Churchbridge.

Yorkton This Week spoke with Bjarnason about his thoughts upon receiving the distinction.

"I didn't know [about the award] until I got a phone call," said Bjarnason, adding with a laugh, "I thought we were getting prank called."

Bjarnason said he was humbled upon hearing the news.

"There are so many people who do so much in the community," said Bjarnason, adding, "I didn't think I did that much, but I guess I do."

Bjarnason, who has spent 44 years as a member of the Lions Club, is also a retired electrician who uses his knowledge of the trade to aid in the construction of local facilities.

"I've ended up wiring a lot of new buildings [in Churchbridge]- the fire department, curling rink, and the swimming pool," said Bjarnason.

Bjarnason is active on multiple community boards including the Churchbridge Seniors Golf Club, as well as a member of the Communities in Bloom, Cemetery Committee and has been on a local church committee for 35 – 40 years.  

Bjarnason also acknowledged the people who help him.

"I have to credit my wife too- she backs me all the time and helps me out a lot," said Bjarnason.

Though, Bjarnason said he's not sure who nominated him for the award, he has a few ideas of who it might have been. 

"Warren [Kaeding] probably got the ball rolling," said Bjarnason, adding, "he's a good friend."

This isn't the only award Bjarnason has received for his efforts, about ten years ago he received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from the Lions Club for services to his community.

In true volunteer fashion, Bjarnason said he will continue to volunteer and help out where he's needed.  "There's always lots of projects on the go."

Bjarnason also offered some words for the younger generations of volunteers.

"Get involved in your community- everybody needs help and volunteers."

The Volunteer Medal will be presented to Bjarnason on April 26th at a ceremony to take place at Government House in Regina during national volunteer week, according to a provincial government press release.

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