Marilyn Rushton Receives BC's Medal of Good Citizenship

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If anyone is deserving of such an award, it’s Marilyn.

She has inspired generations as a talented musician, teacher and friend. By helping others understand and share their gifts with the world, Marilyn is challenging perceptions about what’s possible.

That’s why we were so excited to watch her receive BC’s newest honour earlier this month –  the Medal of Good Citizenship.

She has taught for many years in the Burnaby and Vancouver school systems, and currently serves as president of the BC Vision Teacher’s Association. She also volunteers with the Maple Leaf Singers, and is the director and accompanist for The Tempos, a choir for blind and partially-sighted children, youth and adults.

Marilyn has also been a co-director and accompanist for the Burnaby Children’s Choir, a Douglas College board governor and a board member for the Burnaby Hospice Society. She currently serves on the board of Blind Beginnings, a non-profit supporting B.C. families with blind or partially-sighted children.

At PLAN, we know Marilyn from her time as a community connector. In that role, her passion for bringing people together was apparent, and she made a real difference in helping people isolated by disability to become part of the community. While she’s no longer on staff, Marilyn is still actively involved with several of our Networks.

Marilyn is living proof that one person’s dedication can make a significant difference. She’s also quick to point out she’s received more than she’s given.

“As a volunteer, I receive so very much more than I ever give. I am truly fortunate to be surrounded by individuals who regularly and selflessly share their time, gifts and talents within and beyond their own communities. For me, volunteering is all about building meaningful and lasting relationships through mutual respect and support, teamwork, and plenty of laughter and hugs.”

Marilyn was presented the award by Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Children and Families on August 10.  She was also surprised by her son, who flew in from Belgium for the ceremony.

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Keep up the good work, Marilyn.  We’re grateful for all that you do.

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