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Dianne Beaven receiving the President's Award | by Nature Manitoba
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Dianne Beaven receiving the President's Award

The next recipient of the President's Award also goes to a person who does not expect it. Before I announce who it is, and surprise her, I will ask a rhetorical question: Have those of you who are regular attendees of our Discovery Evenings noticed how smoothly everything runs.

Our speakers have noticed. One of them wrote afterwards to say that he was frequently invited to speak to various groups and had never seen a program with such flawless organization.

Even if you are not aware of what happens behind the scenes, you no doubt notice each evening the person with the pleasant smile waiting near the entrance, discreetly looking around to make sure everything is going well. That person is Dianne Beaven, and she deserves an award.

Now Dianne, with her usual modesty, will be the first to say that the organization of Discovery Evenings is a collaborative effort. There is much truth to that of course and indeed other members of the Indoor Programs Committee have also been recognized with awards, including our first recipient of this evening, Les McCann.

But Dianne is not just another member of that group. Even though she did not want to chair this committee, she nonetheless gives it focus and direction. Dianne is meticulous in her dealings with the CCFM and no detail is too small to escape her attention. She is always thinking ahead to the next program, anticipating any problems that might arise. Her friendly demeanour and personal touch is extended to our speakers, volunteers and audience. Meetings of the committee take place at her house and, without being the chairperson, she… chairs the meetings. She also serves up some scrumptious food.

Having someone of Dianne's dedication and thoroughness to look after the nuts and bolts of this program means that I don't have to worry about it and that has made my life as President easier.

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Taken on March 19, 2012