Helen Whitaker (far left)

‘Wonderful role model’ honoured

Jessie Belcher, who is in her early 90s, was presented by Mayor Walter Jakeway with a framed copy of the city’s new Seniors Charter

A long-time Campbell River resident, dedicated to her community, was honoured recently at city hall.

Jessie Belcher, who is in her early 90s, was presented by Mayor Walter Jakeway with a framed copy of the city’s new Seniors Charter – a policy document Belcher had a hand in.

“Jessie felt so strongly about the place of seniors in our community that she drafted the Seniors Charter (along with the Campbell River Seniors’ Society and the city’s Community Services, Recreation and Culture Commission),” Jakeway said at the Oct. 21 council meeting. Belcher, who first moved to Campbell River in 1947, is a life member of the Campbell River Seniors’ Society and was recognized by Jakeway for her upbeat attitude and the positive example she sets for the other members.

“You’re a wonderful role model to everybody there,” Jakeway said. “Jessie has been active since the beginning and lends her support to all their initiatives.

“She maintains a delightful sense of humour, though sometimes there’s success and sometimes there’s setbacks,” Jakeway added. “But she still keeps a positive attitude and keeps on going.”

Belcher was invited up to the city councillors’ table and presented with her copy of the seniors charter by Jakeway and with flowers from Les Lengyel, a member of the Seniors’ Society and a past president.