Wednesday April 16, 2014

Troubled hip postpones presentation of Chase civic award

Georgia Spenst

Chase has named its 2013 Citizen of the Year, but it will be 2014 before the community gets a chance to present the award.

Recipient Georgia Spenst was scheduled to receive the award from the Chase and District Chamber of Commerce last weekend at the organization’s annual Christmas dinner.

But Spenst was unable to attend the ceremony because of complications from a recent hip surgery, which put her back in the hospital.

“So she’s barely getting around right now and hasn’t made too many public appearances,” Maureen MacDonald said on Tuesday.

Spenst was unavailable for comment.

MacDonald, who works for the Chase RCMP, wrote the nomination letter that helped win Spenst the award.

She said Spenst is an active volunteer in the community, particularly with the Chase Hamper Society with which she has volunteered for 18 years.

“Georgina has always put others first and has always gone out of her way to accommodate the needs of our clients all year,” wrote MacDonald in her nomination letter.

“Georgina is always a cheerful voice on the other end of the phone receiving all the calls from clients requesting emergency food hampers and reassures them that their families’ needs will be met.  Georgina visits our local schools and ensures that students have access to snacks at recess and something to eat for lunch so no one should go without a meal.”

Spenst also volunteers with Chase Citizens on Patrol and with Victim Services.

MacDonald said a public ceremony is being planned for the new year when Spenst is well enough to receive her Citizen of the Year Award in person.

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