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ETHEL TIBBITS AWARDS: Olive Bassett and Jennifer Larsen are Pioneer winners

It was a doubly great ending to the 19th annual Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Awards on Friday afternoon, as Olive Bassett and Jennifer Larsen were acknowledged for their decades of volunteer work in the community with the Pioneer award and a standing ovation.

A volunteer in Richmond since the 1970s, and a champion for those with mental health issues, Larsen earned high praise from her peers for her dedication and hard work.

Bassett recalled how her first volunteer job was folding newspapers back in the 1930s for then Richmond Review publisher and editor Ethel Tibbits, after whom the Ethels are named.

In a video produced by RF Productions and cinematographer Desy Cheng, Eva Busich-Veloso, co-ordinator of Seniors Services for the City of Richmond, was effusive in her praise for Bassett.

And Belinda Boyd, a community engagement leader for Vancouver Coastal Health, was equally complimentary of Larsen.

Between them, they have a century of volunteer experience.

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