Tom Dielissen has been honoured with a medal from the Governor General of Canada. He is a recipient of the “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers”. The medal recognizes people across country for their volunteer achievements.
“I must admit there’s hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers in Prince George that deserve this just as much as I do,” says Dielissen. “So I think it’s good that Prince George has been recognized by Ottawa, so this is for all the volunteers.”
Dielissens work in Prince George spans more than four decades. He has offered his service to countless organizations and events, a few of which include the St. John’s Ambulance, the Northern BC Winter Games, the Winter Lights Committee and the Exploration Place.
Dielissen says some advice given to him by the late Bob Harkins has kept him going all these years.
“He said ‘you know for every one thing you give to the community, you get three things back, Tom’. I said ‘so what’s that?’… He says ‘well you get a sense of accomplishment that you actually did something. You get a sense of community that you are working in the community among other volunteers. And you get a sense of self worth’.