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Kelowna loses one of its community builders

Retired Capt. Ed Dickins.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kelowna Museums
June 06, 2020 - 1:24 PM

One of Kelowna’s community builders died last week, leaving behind a body of work that will inform residents for generations to come.

Retired Capt. Ed Dickins, who was once named one of B.C.’s outstanding citizens,  served as a tank commander in the Second World War, helped establish the Kelowna-Veendam Sister City Association,  was one of the founders of the Okanagan Military Museum, and regularly spoke at schools during Remembrance Day events for many years.

In 2006, he was among a small group of veterans who led a $650,000 fundraising campaign to expand and improve the cenotaph plaza.

Dickins was named one of 19 British Columbians to receive the province’s Medal of Good Citizenship, Premier John Horgan announced in December 2018.

“It is an honour to congratulate these community leaders whose commitment helps strengthen our society,” Horgan said in a 2018 release.

“Dickins defines good citizenship. He has spent the last eight decades of his life doing good deeds on behalf of the citizens of this country and this province.”

Most recently, Dickins was recognized for his lifelong contributions to the community and was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the BC Medal of Good Citizenship and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

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