On March 26, the Drumheller Rotary Club recognized an individual for his 50 plus years of volunteering service.
Nick Sereda Sr. was recognized by the Rotary Club with the prestigious Unsung Hero Award. This award is not given out often by the club and is presented to a person who has shown unwavering commitment to his/her community and the enrichment they bring to the lives of others.
"Well, I'm very flattered to get it," Sereda humbly spoke, "it was a surprise. My son got me here by telling me a tall tale. I'm very appreciative, getting it(the Unsung Hero Award). Whether I deserve it or not, I don't know."
Sereda, at 85 years old, dedicated 31 years to the Midland Community Outdoor Rink. Every day he would open the rink at 9:30-10AM and close it down between 10-11PM.
In the 1960's, he provided youth with activities to be a part of and in '67, took over as baseball coach and manager of the Little League Midland Braves. In 1970, Sereda brought its first and only Little League Sandlot Alberta Championship, to Drumheller. He coached and played slo-pitch from 1980-1989 while hosting the annual Midland Boomers Slo-pitch Tournament for seven years, as well as maintaining baseball diamonds, organized events and umpired.
"It's just the way I've decided to live my life, I guess." Sereda stated.
In the 1990's, Nick helped his son coach the Midland Braves Little League team and won a few championships along the way.
Sereda still helps with the players on Drumheller's Fun Team Alumni Centrium hockey bench and is involved with multiple not-for-profit organizations like the Salvation Army and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
He's also very fond of the Rotary Club, "They're a very good outfit. They do a lot for the community."