Joan LeMoine steps aside
The Parksville Beach Festival Society couldn't hold back tears the morning of Saturday Jan. 11 as they bid farewell to their longest standing director Joan LeMoine, who decided to step down from the local organization after 13 years of service.
"It's just time," said LeMoine, humbled by the show of compassion from fellow society members. "When you bring in new people, you get new ideas. I'm pushing 84 and I'm handing my position over."
The society presented LeMoine with a framed picture, medal and plaque, as well as a handmade bracelet by John Derek.
"These gifts are one of a kind — just like you," said PBFS president Cheryl Dill. "And you should know how incredibly special you are to us."
The Society bestowed the title of "Honorary Director" to LeMoine at their weekend meeting in an effort to keep her in arms reach. This is the first time the Society has presented this honor, which allows LeMoine to continue participation with the PBFS, but on her own schedule.
"Joan is an extraordinary, dedicated individual with a heart of gold and has made outstanding contributions to our Society since 2000," said Dill. "She is well deserving of this title."
LeMoine has been the recipient of several awards including the Community Ambassador Award from the City of Parksville in 2013 and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
LeMoine is a prominent figure around Parksville Qualicum Beach, known for her tireless volunteer hours and gregarious personality.
When asked why she puts so much into volunteering, without missing a beat she answered: "because I love it, and it's not the scenery or the weather, it's people who live here."