Despite not being in Dawson Creek since 2003, the impact that Tom Kurjata had on the local curling scene is still felt.
For all his efforts in promoting the sport in the city and his dedication to the Dawson Creek Curling Club, the 56-year-old has been awarded with a lifetime membership from the local organization.
"I am just pleased and humbled," said Kurjata of the award that goes to someone who has been devoted to the sport and promoted the local club.
"There is a group of life members who are already there who are a pretty awesome group of people and they have contributed a lot to the club. I am pleased and humbled that they would consider that I have done that too."
Kurjata was involved with the club from the early 1990s until he left the city in 2003 for Fort Nelson.
In those 10-plus years, he sat on the executive and was the secretary, treasurer and president. In that time he was also part of the rebuilding effort when the old venue had to be town down and rebuilt because of structural flaws.
"A lot has happened when I was involved. We went from getting new rocks to getting a new building. It was an exciting time Those are the things that make the club really strong and obviously it (volunteer effort) is still there in many ways because of the number of volunteers who show up for an event like Grey Power," explained Kurjata, adding that, like many who volunteer, he wanted to give something back to the sport and club.
"You do it for the love of the sport and you enjoy working with the people who are trying to make a difference or make things happen. I guess that is why a person does any volunteering you have to have a little bit of a passion for this and then if you are grateful for what you are receiving from the sport or activity you want to put back."
Kurjata is doing development work in Fort Nelson. He plans to move back to Dawson Creek once his project in the northern city is finished.