Emilia Tkacz

Sooke veteran presented with government honour

Camille Tkacz works actively with the Sooke Legion and volunteers for the food bank and several others.

A volunteer knows all too well that their efforts, big or small, come with no rewards other than the feeling of doing something good for someone.

But a little recognition for the good (and free) work one does is nice too, and that’s what retired Canadian Armed Forces officer Camille Tkacz has been doing in Sooke for several years: helping her community.

Turns out, her efforts were noticed, as she was recently awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for her work with veterans and seniors in Sooke.

“I was surprised. I’ve just always liked helping my community,” said Tkacz, who also volunteers with the Sooke Food Bank.

After retiring eight years ago from the military, Tkacz moved to Sooke with her husband, becoming a service officer at the Royal Canadian Legion.

Tkacz spent 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving around the world, including a year in Bosnia and Herzecovina during the Bosnian War.