Joan Bell receives Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award

Bill Davies presents the Award to Joan who is accompanied by family members Roger Bell, Scott Bell, Drew Bell and Cydne Smith.

Congratulations to Joan Bell who received the Community Health Services Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award at the Association’s Semi-Annual meeting on January 17th.

Joan Bell was raised on a farm near Leask, Saskatchewan in a family of eight children. During her career as a teacher, she received accolades and awards because of her love of children and concern for students with special needs.

An activist over the years, she advocated for people with common needs such as in the field of health where she supported the establishment of Medicare in 1962 and the formation of the Community Clinic Co-operative in Prince Albert. Upon moving to Saskatoon with her husband in 1996, Joan began supporting the Saskatoon Community Clinic.

Joan Bell is presently a member of the Seniors Advisory Council and a member of the Happy Gang/Silver Threads Seniors group. She has also served on the Member Services Committee and was a membership volunteer for many years during Membership Days. Joan regularly attends annual and semi-annual meetings and is well known in the community for her social activism and as an acclaimed author.

Joan lives by her belief that the co-operative vision is best exemplified by member engagement and involvement, and, she has most ably demonstrated that in all of her volunteer work.  Her active support, of Medicare and of the Co-operative Community Clinics over the years, makes Joan Bell a worthy and outstanding candidate for this Award.

Once again, congratulations Joan!