Bob McAtamney came to the Similkameen more than 40 years ago to pick cherries and never left.
Now, he’s being recognized as the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s volunteer of the month for July.
The Cawston resident was among those to help in the creation of the disc golf course in Keremeos, after spending 15 years taking on several different volunteering roles at the RDOS.
“I prefer this form of activism compared to a political position as I can have more control over my contributions and a deeper impact on the community in which I live,” McAtamney said.
He also served on the Similkameen Recreation Centre Commission, the Cawston Community Hall Society board and currently works with the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society conducting a theatre camp at the Grist Mill.
“Bob’s volunteer work has had a deep impact in the area,” representatives from the RDOS said. “(He) is a spirited volunteer who believes giving his time is a great way to contribute to the community where he lives.”
During volunteer month in April, the RDOS highlighted a number of community members and groups who continue to make a difference in the region.
“Volunteers are the essence of community and they take personal responsibility for the well-being of the region they live in,” said Electoral Area “G” Director Tim Roberts. “Heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers for your invaluable contribution to our community.”