A Wolfville resident was recently recognized in the House of Assembly for her four decades of service as a leader of the Wolfville Cub Pack.
Marilyn Van Buskirk was Akela (or leader) to cubs like federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay, British Columbia MP Kennedy Stewart and most men between the ages of 20 and 50-years old who grew up in Wolfville.
In a resolution, Kings South MLA Ramona Jennex stated that Van Buskirk, “has served her community and communities abroad with a tireless spirit of selflessness and volunteerism in the service of those facing hardship, embodying the principles of her faith as well as the principles of the Scouting movement as put forth in the Cub Scout Promise.”
On Oct. 13, Van Buskirk was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as one of the founders of the Wolfville Food Bank. She is an active member of the Kings-Kikima Grannies raising funds to help grandmothers, who look after orphaned grandchildren in Africa due to the AIDS epidemic.
For over 25 years, Van Buskirk coordinated a food cupboard at the Wolfville United Baptist Church, which was a precursor to the Wolfville Area Food Bank. She is still a volunteer.