Board member, Ellen Kinsel, was honoured as the New Denver Citizen of the Year
Ellen Kinsel’s generosity of spirit and generosity with her time support many groups in our community, groups serving diverse interests. She is a celebration of the diversity which enriches our community and contributes to its health and vibrancy.
Ellen is on boards of three societies: Hills Recreation Society, Slocan Valley Community Legacy Society and Silverton Co-work Society.
Ellen also volunteers with the following groups and projects:
Healthy Community Society
New Denver Nursery School
Wild Days programs
Valhalla Summer School of Music
Scholarship Committee at Lucerne School
Hills Emergency Services Society—she took the flag person training so she could help with the Hills Fire Brigade and it other situations
Slocan Lake Stewardship Society –collects water data, helps with the Wild Days programs (and was on the board until 2022)
The lunch program at Lucerne School (suspended in 2021-22 because of Covid)
Hills Garlic Festival—she was the coordinator for years
John and Johanna Katz’s Cello Summer School in Hills
Ellen does much for her friends in the community:
Brings food for friends when they are sick
Runs errands for friends
Sits cats and cellos and harps for friends
Waters greenhouses and picks up mail for friends who are away
Helps friend with their income tax, computer problems, new sewing machines
Tutored friend’s high school children and grandchildren in math courses
Sews beautiful quilts for many babies and gives quilt creations to her friends
Ellen is a stellar example of a life-long learner. She is always taking online classes or workshops to improve her sewing or photography skills, and more.