Mayor of Beiseker, Ray Courtman, is receiving recognition for his volunteer work.

He has been awarded the Senator's Contribution Award for outstanding volunteerism.

"My wife and I have been volunteering almost since we've got here and things come up that need tending to," said Courtman. "A small village certainly doesn't have the funds to do everything that they need to do so volunteers are very important. They are important in every community but especially in small communities."

Courtman moved to Beiseker in 1969 and has been avidly involved in volunteering initiatives around the community since.

"First of all to be nominated for it and then to receive the award was most appreciated and I was honoured," noted Courtman.

"We have a theatre group here that raises funds for different things and we have a lot of fun with that of course," added Courtman. "I and another counsellor, who has since retired, started the Beiseker Recycling Program which I'm very proud to say is still booming on. We are recycling pretty much anything we can."

Courtman admits that he was in disbelief when he heard the news that he would be receiving the award. The nomination made by the Village Office was kept a secret.

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