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Merle is a Winner

 

Our Merle, VE1VCI  is no stranger to hard work and in her "spare" time raised 5 boys, does preserves of all kinds, quilts, is active in ham radio, and does lots of volunteer work.  One would not know she just had her 90th birthday this year.  

Merle has now been recognized as a "Caring Canadian" (no surprise for those who know her)

Former Governor General Romeo LeBlanc initiated the Caring Canadian Award to recognize the volunteer efforts of outstanding Canadians over their lives.  Merle moved to Lochaber in 1944 with her young son, Sandy when her husband Fred was posted overseas.  In addition to raising five sons,  running the family farm and starting a cultured marble business, she generously gives back to the community.  Her contributions to the Sylvan Hall, Lochaber Community Associate, Women's Institute, Highlander Curling Club, Unicef, and St. Francis  Xavier  to name a few are legendary.

Merle received word of the award this past week and is very proud to receive it.  "It is hard to believe that I have been involved in these activities for nearly 70 years", Merle reflected.  "I encourage everyone to give and stay involved.  It is very rewarding." 

Her current pre-occupation is with the X Rowling Club who has moved Lochaber Lake.  They have named their newest and longest boat after Merle.

 

 

Merle VE1VCI and her five sons

Merle and her family

Long Boat named after Merle

The crew of the Merle Taylor longboat

 

Merle and Crew

Going for a rowing lesson

Some of Merle's preserves