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Qualicum Beach Citizen of the Year is a busy volunteer

Qualicum Beach Citizen of the Year Wendy Maurer gets a kiss from her husband Lotar at the Community Awards gala last week. - BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO
Qualicum Beach Citizen of the Year Wendy Maurer gets a kiss from her husband Lotar at the Community Awards gala last week.
— image credit: BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

Behind every great woman is a great man.  Wendy Maurer thanked Lotar, her husband of 42 years, in her acceptance speech after being named Qualicum Beach Citizen of the Year at an awards gala February 19 at civic centre.

Maurer told the sold out crowd that people who get nominated for such things can't do it without the support of their partner.

"He is the quiet guy in the background and he has always been there for me," she said.

Maurer was nominated along with Marilynn Sims for the prestigious award, which is given to an area resident who has made a difference in the quality of life in the area and who has also shown volunteer leadership.

Maurer said she was honoured just to be nominated.

"I was surprised when I went to the mail box a month ago and opened a letter from the chamber. I was like . . . oh my god.  That was a surprise and I really admire Marilynn Simms.   She is an amazing lady and it is was huge honour to be nominated with her."

Maurer's commitment to the community is illustrated through her volunteer involvement with the Brant Festival, Mid Island Wildlife Watch Society and the chamber of commerce.

She was the Chair of the Oceanside Spirit of B.C. Committee and was selected to run as torch bearer in the 2010 Paralympics, representing all Spirit of B.C. Committees in the province.

Today. Maurer chairs the board of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society, and volunteers with Ducks Unlimited Canada.  One week each year she volunteers with Parks Canada providing interpretive services on Russell Island, part of the Gulf Island National Park Preserve where she talks about Hawaiian settlement in B.C.

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