Editorial — March 14, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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It’s important sometimes to take a few moments and be thankful for the people among us who do the heavy lifting.

A week ago we saluted former fire chief Les Karpluk as he headed off into retirement. Today we offer a similar tip of our collective cap to Rob Dalziel, the man behind the Victoria Hospital Foundation for nearly 15 years. He has helped to raise more than $10 million, a staggering sum.

Board chair Steve Suchorab announced Dalziel’s retirement on Thursday.

“Dalziel’s contribution to the growth and success of the foundation over the past 14 years has been above and beyond what many thought was possible. Rob’s can-do attitude, creativity and relentless energy has inspired everyone who has come into contact with him. Rob will be missed.”

Rob quickly became a newsroom favourite for his encyclopedic knowledge of the Victoria Hospital and his ability to set up interviews with the people we needed to chat with for his projects.

It won’t be an easy task for the board to replace his passion and the fact that he seemingly knows everybody in Prince Albert.

If you know Rob, you won’t be surprised by the modesty he exhibited when asked about his legacy.

“What the donors have done in the past 14 years since I’ve been here -- it is really about the donors. They have donated over $10 million to the hospital and that is significant. When one sort of looks at the reality of Prince Albert and central and northern Saskatchewan, currently we don’t have any major industries in our community operating. We have had and hopefully we will have again,” Dalziel told the Daily Herald’s Jodi Schellenberg on Thursday. “The community has done well and are very, very generous, not only in supporting the hospital and the different campaigns and projects we have done over the years, but they are also very generous supporting other projects around the community.”

Across Prince Albert, there are many hands trying to make light work of the endless need in the community. Whether they are Rob Dalziel raising money for Victoria Hospital or even one of the hundreds of coaches who make minor sports possible, they all help weave the tapestry that forms our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters made their own splash on Thursday with their annual breakfast banquet.

While all-time CFL great Geroy Simon was the keynote speaker, the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year awards were handed out at their banquet at the Ches Leach Lounge in the Art Hauser Centre.

Jennifer Deobald has been matched with her little sister Mia since October of 2012 while Taylor Provenchart has been matched with his little brother Rylan since April of 2012. Both were honoured for the work they do.

Jennifer and Taylor’s work could potentially pay off in happier, more productive lives for the young people who are lucky enough to know them. That’s the very core of volunteerism.

The Daily Herald would also like to acknowledge the work that Nigel Maxwell and Rawlco have done for Big Brothers Big Sisters. They were both honoured by the organization at the breakfast as well.

There has been a lot of water under the bridge in the relationship between the Daily Herald and the local radio stations -- most of it flowing in our direction -- but it’s impossible not to acknowledge the fine work they do for community groups.

It’s easy to tear down; we’re fortunate that Prince Albert has so many fine builders.

 

Prince Albert Daily Herald

 

Organizations: Victoria Hospital, Prince Albert, Daily Herald Big Brothers Big Sisters

Geographic location: Northern Saskatchewan

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