Dr. Dave Buettner, a Prince Albert chiropractor, is one of nine people in the province who will receive a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal this spring.
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Dave Buettner, seen here in a Prince Albert Community Players performance, is one of nine people in the province who will receive a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal this spring.
The medal is awarded to outstanding volunteers or those who exemplify exceptional community involvement.
When the recipients were announced last week, Buettner was on vacation.
“I don’t know if you’d call it humbling but it is almost embarrassing,” he laughed. “When I received the call, I thought it was a practical joke from someone. It is still hard to believe and it is certainly not something I ever set out to be recognized.”
Buettner has been very involved in many different volunteer organizations throughout the years, sometimes unintentionally.
When attending a meeting of the Saskatchewan German Council in North Battleford a number of years ago, the organization pointed out there wasn’t a Prince Albert chapter and Buettner was talked into one. Not long after, he became president of the council.
“It is my heritage, so I have always been interested in that,” he said.
He has also been very interested in health in Prince Albert, serving on the Prince Albert Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board and the Victoria Hospital board.
“I’m interested in what we have for health facilities in Prince Albert,” Buettner said. “I was a board member on the old Vic board. That was many years back. Then I was appointed to the Regional Health Board when they were formed.”
He also ran for election for the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health board as well.
“I am certainly interested in what is going on there because it is our community after all,” he said.
Since he is a chiropractor, Buettner has also been heavily involved with various chiropractic boards, both provincially and nationally.
“I was on the accreditation committee for the Canadian Chiropractic colleges,” he said. “Basically what you do is set standards and check out at the colleges whether the standards are met and things like that. I was on both the one that set the standards and the one that examined them at one time or another.”
Buettner was also president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan and a member of the Joint Professional Review Committee, Medical Care Insurance Commission and Chiropractors’ Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association Board of Governors, the Chiropractic Education Canada Council and the Chiropractic Accreditation Committee Canada.
In Prince Albert, Buettner has spent a lot of time involved as a volunteer for different sports.
“It was more involvement with the gymnastics club and volleyball clubs, things like that,” Buettner said. “I think that was more because of my kids’ involvement that I got involved there.”
Buettner is a recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership Award and is a life member of the Chiropractors of Association of Saskatchewan.
In addition, he enjoys spending time with the Prince Albert Community Players, which he called a “pet” project of his.
Volunteering is an important part of his life.
“I think it is basically community -- we try to have as good of a community as we have without getting too far into relying on government funding and things like that,” Buettner said. “P.A. is a hell of a community for volunteers. The things we have here, a lot of them are volunteer driven. It is pretty important that we keep that standard for our community.”
He feels there are many people other than him who would deserve an award like this.
“I think there are a lot of people in this province and in this community that deserve this just as much as I do,” Buettner said. “It makes a person feel awful humble and little.”
The awards ceremony will be held mid-April and he is looking forward to it.
“I think I’ve met one or two of (the other recipients), but I certainly am (looking forward to meeting them),” Buettner said. “I think it will be a good occasion. We have had other people in this town who have had the medals before, so it is not unique to Prince Albert, this volunteerism.”
The other recipients this year are from Moosomin, Regina, Swift Current and Saskatoon.
“I feel deeply fortunate to live in a province with generous and capable individuals like these nine impressive recipients,” Lt.Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield said in a press release. “I congratulate them on this well-deserved honour and I thank them for giving so much to so many.”
This year’s Saskatchewan Volunteer Award recipients are:
• Dr. David Buettner, Prince Albert
• Barb L. Butler, Regina
• T. Morley Gusway, Regina
• Maisie Hanna, Regina
• Betty McDougall, Swift Current
• Ted Merriman, Saskatoon
• Margaret Sandison, Regina
• Pansy Taylor, Moosomin
• Walter A. Thiessen (posthumous), Saskatoon
All the recipients will be awarded medals by Lt.Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield mid-April.
Since its inception in 1995, 166 people have been awarded the medal.