Lifelong volunteer takes place among community elite
Before walking off the stage, Marion Tolley took a bow. Then she took two more bows.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Marion Tolley, 90, reads her acceptance speech after receiving the 2014 Moose Jaw Honour Award at the Moose Jaw Public Library's Performing Arts Centre Thursday evening.
In front of a host of friends and family from as far away as Arizona, the 90-year-old mother of seven was honoured at the Moose Jaw Public Library’s Performing Arts Centre Thursday evening with the 2014 Moose Jaw Honours Award.
Although not as spry as she once was, the former city councillor still has her humour, which was on display during her acceptance speech.
“I recently lost my marbles,” she said, followed by a roar of laughter from the audience. “Do you know where they are? I’d like to have them back.”
One thing she has not lost, however, is her desire to and love of volunteering.
Described by Bernice Crosbie during the reading of the citation for the Honours Award as having spent a lifetime of devoted service to the city and the province, Tolley was involved in countless community organizations over the decades.
Mind you, there was one area of volunteerism that Tolley was continually the most adamant about.
“If one special interest of Marion’s could be pinpointed it would probably be in the area of heritage preservation,” said Crosbie. “She was an early active member of the Moose Jaw Historical Society, which was reincarnated in the 1990s as Heritage Moose Jaw.”
As much as volunteering has been a vital part of Marion’s life, there is something that stands out from her years of service.
“What stands out for me are the many wonderful people that I have met through the years,” said Tolley. “Now, as my memory begins to fade, I miss that connection with people that volunteer because they believe in our community and they believe in most of the same things that I do.
“I am deeply humbled to be taking a place beside so many great Moose Javians on the Wall of Fame at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.”
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks