Del Lawrence and Jean Guy Dupuis are dedicated and long-standing volunteers with the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary. The couple met many years ago at karaoke and have since made many memories camping, bowling and dancing. They also enjoy working alongside one another at the Thrift Shop and giving back to the community together.

Del has been a volunteer with the Auxiliary for over 26 years. Throughout her time with the Auxiliary she has held every position on the executive, including convenor for the Thrift Shop. She is currently a past president.

Through her commitment to volunteering and health care, Del has had a very positive impact in the Nicola Valley. In 2007, Del was one of five individuals nominated by the Nicola Valley Women in Action for her outstanding community service.

In 2008, in recognition of her involvement in the health field, Del was chosen by Thompson Life Magazine as one of the top 50 most influential people in the region.

Over the years, Del has also been a committed volunteer for many other organizations and initiatives, including the Hospital Foundation Board, Patricia Rebecca Lodge, Merritt Senior Citizens Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, Big Bike for Heart and Stroke, Elvis Presley Fan Club for the patients transportation program, Canadian Red Cross, and more.

Jean became involved with the Auxiliary through Del. He is a helping hand around the Thrift Shop, working in the background, providing an extremely important service, moving heavy items and doing maintenance at the shop. Jean is joined by a few other men who fill a similar role.

Jean is a musician who plays country music with a band locally at various spots within Merritt. Similar to Del, Jean is also involved in other community organizations.

The Auxiliary is very fortunate to have Del and Jean as members. Their commitment and service to health care within the community is invaluable.

Courtesy of Brittney Parks of the Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary.