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Man receives volunteer of the year award then gives it back

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February 06, 2013 - 2:20 PM

A local man just can't stop giving back to his community as he takes the monetary award from his Volunteer of the Year honour and donates it to charity.

Lyle Duffield was presented with a plaque and a $500 cheque at the Schubert Centre Feb. 5 as the Silver Star Rotary recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. He is recognized for his long history of community service, including 20 years in the Citizens Patrol program and occupying the president's chair on the board for Crime Stoppers. He was a board member for 15 years.

Duffield began in the initial class of Citizen's Patrol volunteers in 1997 and through training and experience earned his way to become the first captain of the Vernon Citizens Patrol in 2011. He has since trained new COP volunteers and will go on to be the lead training volunteer for the program.

"Lyle constantly goes above and beyond in his dedication to his community," says RCMP citizens patrol/speed watch coordinator Regan Boriskenko.

And now, with $500 cash awarded to him in recognition for all his hard work, Duffield is choosing to donate every penny to the Resorative Justice Society-North Okanagan for the work they do in treating minor offences using alternative methods. The society focuses on keeping offenders accountable for their actions, helping them reintegrate while keeping them out of the criminal justice system.

Duffield has had a successful business as owner of Hi Fi Attic in Vernon for 40 years.

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