When Christine Wiebe's adult son starting reading almost seven pages of her volunteer resume tonight, I wondered if anyone will ever be able to repeat her record.
If they even come close to it, they will likely be the recipient of a new Volunteer Abbotsford Award that will have Christine's name on it. Jane Cooper, executive director of the organization, was proud to make the announcement tonight at the "Celebrating Christine" event at The Reach Gallery Museum.
She was the executive assistant to such Abbotsford political titans as MLAs Bill Ritchie and Peter Dueck before she moved full-time into the world of volunteerism, playing key roles with Expo 86 and Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, the Spirit of B.C. and the 2010 Olympics.
Her friends, family members and colleagues watched an amazing PowerPoint presentation on the wall of The Reach where it was revealed she has touched the lives of some 1.3 million people, give or take one or two.
What else has she done over the past 35 years? Do you have a couple of hours?
She focused her energies on MSA Museum, Abbotsford International Airshow, the 1995 Western Canada Summer Games in Abbotsford, the Disability Games, the Crystal Gala committee, and Heritage Fair.
Christine said if people begin volunteering when they are young, "they grow with the community and form a good, strong base for that community. There is a great deal of pride and satisfaction in being out in the community, mixing with the people doing your job and meeting needs within a community."
At the moment Christine is the lead volunteer for the remarkable new Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford.
It is said that her dedication, passion and commitment to Abbotsford is inspiring and contagious. I know that is true.
So who came to help her celebrate tonight? Let's take a look.
Former Abbotsford mayor George Ferguson and his wife, Rea, attended.
If you want to be a stellar volunteer, consider this summit on Nov. 19 at the Ramada Plaza and Conference centre.
The world needs more people like Christine Wiebe.