As a retiring member of the Lloydminster Health Foundation board of directors, Dave Schneider, second from left, was recognized for his 12 years of service with a piece of local art work and a plaque. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
By the time media reps walked through the door at Cliff Rose for Clothes, Lloydminster Region Health Foundation CEO Malcolm Radke had popped the surprise news bubble to store owner Dave Schneider.
There was no escape for Schneider from being publicly feted on March 22 as a retiring member of the health foundation board with 12 years of active volunteer service.
“It was a great honour to be on this board,” said Schneider.
“We had great CEOs through the whole thing with Georgina (Altman) and with Wendy (Plandowski) and now with Malcolm (Radke), so that really helps out.”
Schneider said he was very proud to say he was a board member for that many years, and explained it was just time for new faces and a new approach on the board about his decision to step down.
On hand to present him with a recognition plaque and a piece of art from a local artist were Lloydminster Hospital reps Lori Noyes, director of acute care, and Dr. Kevin Govender, senior medical officer along with Darrel Howell, chair of the health foundation board.
In excepting the award, Schneider said, “I learned from Cliff that you give back to the community, and it’s not what I expected to happen.
“I really enjoyed my time there—the staff and the board was tremendous and it was just an honour to be on that board for this long.”
Schneider was actively involved with the board on several noteworthy fundraising projects, including the Pioneer House expansion project and several Hartnel MacArthur Holtby Celebrity Golf Classic events.
In her opening comments, Noyes noted the hospital could not operate without the health foundation and its board members.
Addressing Schneider and Howell she said, “We have been so grateful for all the work that you guys have done and your dedication to it.
“We recently have the CT Scanner and that is just one of the few things that you guys have raised money for—it’s been wonderful for the patients in the hospital.”
Govender turned toward Schneider and said, “What we see and working in the hospital every day is because of the help of individuals like yourself who are selfless and give up their time.”
He added not everybody has the compassion to do something like that, and he salutes volunteers like Schneider who step up in the interests of the community.
“We want to thank you for that and the health foundation for that,” said Govender.
“It is much appreciated and will always be remembered by everybody in the community.”
When it was Howell’s turn to speak he said, “One thing I know about Dave is that he doesn’t say very much, but when he does say something, you should listen.”
When asked if he was surprised to be honoured for his service, Schneider told the media he didn’t know what to say because he never expected anything from being a board member.
“I am a volunteer and that’s what I like to do,” he said.
I have been on other boards; I am still on a board of The Olive Tree—it’s just something I like to do and give back to the community.”
Schneider says it’s all about the health foundation board and not about him.
“It’s a great board and I strongly suggest anyone if you’re looking for somewhere to make a donation, the health foundation is the place because health affects everyone no matter what age,” he said.