Thursday, December 27, 2012

Local citizen Dick Burnham recognized for community service with Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dick Burnham and MP Ted Menzies at medal ceremony

A lifetime of extensive service in every community he has lived in has resulted in the awarding of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for local citizen Dick Burnham.  The medal was presented to Burnham at a ceremony conducted on Friday, December 21 by Macleod MP/Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies at his Claresholm offices.

Family and other well-wishers surround Dick Burnham at medal ceremony
Among Burnham's many notable accomplishments:

  • He has volunteered in Pincher Creek and previous towns as a Volunteer Fireman, Ambulance Driver and EMR for 35 years and was recognized by the Province for this achievement.
  • He served on the Pincher Creek Recreation Board as Chairman from 1978 to 1981.  During this 4 year term he assisted with the planning of Pincher Creek's creek-side walking trails, and promoted a new swimming pool complex which is now enjoyed year-round and the construction of the new bowling alley.
  • He was elected as councillor for a 3 year term for Pincher Creek's Town council, a volunteer position, and while on council was on various committees.  
  • He was on the Chinook Health Board and was instrumental in Pincher Creek becoming an example of One Stop Medical Care with the amalgamation of health services into the Pincher Creek Health Centre.  This centre is used as an example all over the Province of Alberta.  He also promoted and supported Pincher Creek's Vista Village as the first designated Assisted Living Program in the region, providing choice care for our seniors.
  • He spent 10 years on the Windy Slopes Health Foundation board, the majority of that time as Chairman.  The mandate of this foundation is to raise funds for the needs of the Pincher Creek Health Centre.  All monies raised by this foundation stays in Pincher Creek.  The board has held successful fund raisers, with money raised helping to open the second operating room in our Health Centre.  We now have Doctors that specialize in doing minors operations (for example: knee operations) coming to Pincher Creek to use the operating rooms.
  • Dick is a 38 year member of the Elks and has served in all chairs including Exalted Ruler in Chetwynd B.C.  While he was Exalted Ruler in Chetwynd the Elks there managed to pay off their mortgage on their building.
  • He is a charter member of the Pincher Creek Rotary Club and has served in all positions including President.  He has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award five times.
  • He is a thirty eight member of the Royal Canadian Legion and has served as Treasurer, Chair of Finance for many years, Secretary, first Vice President for more than two years and is currently first Vice President again. He was instrumental in getting the Town to reduce the property taxes for the Legion.  He has spent many volunteer hours at the Legion helping to run various programs and functions.  He takes part in the November 11 presentations at local schools.  He donated funds to help the Legion put the Murals on the side of their building.
  • Dick donates time to the 4-H Clubs, minor sports and community groups by doing quarterly and yearly reviews of their finances.
  • He has donated his time to work bingos and casinos for the Legion, Community Hall Board, Windy Slopes Foundation, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Kootenai Brown Museum, Pincher Creek and Cowley Lions and probably a few that we forgot to mention.
  • He belonged to the Chamber of Commerce in the past and held executive positions.
  • Dick is an active member on the Citizens on Patrol which assists the R.C.M.P. by patrolling the Municipal District late at night.
  • He currently sits on the Municipal Development and Sub Division Authority and has been on this board for the Town for many years.
  • He is also  a current member of the Health Advisory Board for Region 12 for the Alberta Health Services Board.
  • He always manages to find time for his family and supporting his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s interests and endeavours.
Wife Lou Burnham adjusts Dick Burnham's Diamond
Jubilee medal as MP Ted Menzies looks on

Relared link:
Ted Menzies presents Diamond Jubilee Medals in Pincher Creek
Bob Westrop awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal

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