Deanna Larson, a lifelong friend to curling in both Dawson Creek and across the province, has been honoured with the Curl BC Curling Centre Volunteer of the Year Award for the 2021-22 season.
Having served as the president of the Dawson Creek Curling Club since 2019, Larson has been an integral part of the organization and proven herself to be an exceptional leader. Well-organized, committed, and purposeful, she not only oversaw day-to-day operation matters but piloted the complicated lease renewal negotiations with the City of Dawson Creek.
Curl BC announced the news Friday in a release.
Carrying the burden of completing these negotiations, Larson sacrificed significant personal time and was the only club representative to attend every matter related to this lease renewal.
As a writer, negotiator and mediator, Larson managed numerous, and often opposing, viewpoints amongst affected parties, and eventually concluded this lease on behalf of the Dawson Creek Curling Club.
She ensured critical revenue-generating and operational clauses remained for the club, and under challenging circumstances, forged a path forward. Her dedication kept the club in its current home, saved the 2021-22 season, and ensured a future for curling in Dawson Creek.
A proponent of continuous improvement and a valuable example to others, Larson has received extensive training in Curl BC and Curling Canada’s Business of Curling programs, and has also served the Dawson Creek Curling club as its vice president, secretary, and director in the past.