Earlier this week, Kenora city council paid tribute to Alice Jardine for 50 years of volunteer work in the community. After the short ceremony, Jardine recalled how it all began.
When she was a mother with five kids at home under seven years of age, a neighbour came over and suggested Alice might need a break from the kids, and he had an idea. It turned out to be a pretty good one.
"I went to the Kendo Credit Union, every month, once or twice. I would lick the envelope, and put in the statements -- or anything else they would want me to put in. I did that for eight years," she said, shaking her head at the memory.
Jardine has since joined and led many boards and committees, most notably with the legion auxilliary, hospital and community foundation.
For the event, Jardine was surrounded by her family, as she was humbled by the recognition.
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