Marie Ablett – Kelowna Woman of the Year?

Marie AblettCongratulations to our very own Marie Ablett, Kelowna Chapter newsletter editor, who has been nominated as City of Kelowna Woman of the Year Finalist.

The Woman of the Year – Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award has two other nominees including Doris Borkowsky and Luciana Wilcox.  Award recipients from each category will be revealed on Thursday, April 19 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Tickets are available at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets call 250-469-8811.

Marie was born in Vernon, but has lived most of her life in Kelowna. Marie and her husband Doug have three children and four grandchildren. The two oldest grandchildren from Tokyo live with her and attend KSS, the 3rd generation to attend the school.

Marie’s extraordinary volunteer and community involvement includes:

The KDGS-Kelowna & District Genealogy Society
The group started in 1983 and of course, Marie was a founding member.  She is the Past-President and currently, the Secretary. They hold monthly meetings, as well as a bi-annual Genealogy Conference. Marie is on the conference committee for registration.

UEL-United Empire Loyalists –Thompson/Okanagan Branch
Marie was a charter member when the group was founded in 1995. She is the Past-President and currently the Genealogist and Librarian. They meet monthly in Vernon. Marie helps prospective members get their documentation to prove their UEL connection.

OVQG- Orchard Valley Quilting Guild
Marie joined in 1986 and became the Historian and Photographer in 1988. They meet weekly and she takes pictures and keeps the photo albums up to date for their members.

Canadian Celiac Association – Kelowna Chapter
Marie joined in 1993 when she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. She has helped with many of the jobs on the executive.  At present, she is Editor of the newsletter and co-runs the telephone help-line. Marie says that working with CCA members has enriched her life and given her a better understanding of her disease.

KHS class of 1954
Marie is the chair of the ladies group who help with the annual KHS brunch in August. This year will be her 58th reunion year. She keeps the membership list and tries to contact the members each year.

Museum Writers
Marie joined the group in 2002 when Sharron Simpson was teaching classes about memory writing. The group has published more than 10 annual booklets of stories.

Marie says it is a wonderful way to learn about yourself and the other members. “We write about anything that is interesting to us, such as childhood, Easter, haircuts, pets, trips and family history to name a few.”  The Muesum Writers monthly at the museum with Gussie Desjardins as our leader.

Best wishes on the 19th Marie!

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