'Fort Erie is my town,' says Dorie Emerson

By Kris Dubé, Fort Erie Times/Niagara Advance

Mayor Doug Martin congratulates Fort Erie's senior of the year, Dorie Emerson.

Mayor Doug Martin congratulates Fort Erie's senior of the year, Dorie Emerson.

Dorie Emerson is one of those faces that many adults living in Fort Erie, some in their senior years,are very familiar with.

She likely taught them how to swim, or was on the coaching staff of their minor hockey team.

At Monday's council meeting, the 87-year-old resident presented the Town Of Fort Erie's senior citizen of the year award.

Mayor Doug Martin, who says he's known the active, high-spirited woman for most of his life, was more than proud to thank her on behalf of the community, for all her hard work over the years.

"There isn't a better recipient that Dorie," said Martin, before Emerson took the podium and shared some of her story.

First and foremost, she thanked the Town and its senior citizens advisory committee for the recognition.

"It's a great honour and I must say I'm pleased to receive it," she said.

Emerson has a long list of organizations she has volunteered with locally during her life.

She was a Red Cross water safety instructor for many years, volunteered for Greater Fort Erie Minor Hockey, worked with the Douglas Memorial Hospital's palliative care unit, is still a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and worked with many early programs for the handicapped. Less than two years ago, she returned from her second mission trip to Haiti, working with children in the struggling nation.

But it is her nature to thank the people who made the organizations she served with possible.

"How can you volunteer for an organization if it wasn't started by someone?"

After thanking a number of people, she wrapped up her comments, with saying how important of a place her hometown is.

"I wasn't born here, but Fort Erie is my town," she said.

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