At the Carbon Christmas Market on Nov. 25, Holly Laffin was busy snapping photos of who she thought was Carbon Library's nominee for the Village of Carbon Award of Excellence. Then, quite surprisingly, she heard her own name called as the winner.

HOLLY LAFFINHolly Laffin.

Laffin explained that the Board members didn't tell her she was a nominee because they wanted it to be a true surprise.

"I think they thought I might have known but I had so much going on with running around to make sure this market went, I totally had no clue," said Laffin. "So, I was quite embarrassed when I was up there and, hearing the speech that one of the Board members and my friend said, it was like 'Wow!' Very honouring."

The award came as quite a shock to Laffin, who still believes there are more worthy candidates.

"I didn't think this was going to happen for some many years because I figured there are more people that have been here longer that need to be recognized."

Looking forward, Laffin hopes her win inspires more people to volunteer within their community.

"We're already hard-up, trying to get helpers and volunteers for many of the boards I'm on, and many of the things that go on in our town, that it would be nice if more people would pitch in."

She thanks the Carbon Community for this honour, and appreciates the recognition.

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