Barbara Goodwin wins Milan Ilich Award for Leadership

Barbara Goodwin’s family accepted the award from Volunteer Richmond president Mary Kemmis and Mayor Malcolm Brodie. - Rob Newell
Barbara Goodwin’s family accepted the award from Volunteer Richmond president Mary Kemmis and Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
— image credit: Rob Newell

volunteer 1. a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

Barbara Goodwin exemplifies what it is to be a volunteer.

From a precocious 12-year-old helping at the local community centre in Steveston to a young woman helping her mother-in-law cut bandages for the wounded at the Canadian Red Cross, she has dedicated her life to assisting others. This is perhaps best illustrated through her extraordinary 50 years advocating for and sustaining the Richmond Hospital, ensuring vital health services are available to community members when they need it.

Goodwin saw a need for local health services and helped to rally support for the hospital in the early 1960s. She was there to break ground when it opened in 1966. And she was a founding member of the Richmond Hospital Auxiliary for 23 years, helping to raise much-needed funds by investing thousands of hours into establishing the hospital thrift store in Steveston in 1974.

Her other volunteer work extends even deeper into the community.

She has been a director of the Richmond Caring Place and Richmond Community Foundation, fundraising president for Rosewood Manor, and coordinator of the Steveston Salmon Festival.

It’s entirely fitting that Goodwin receive the Milan Ilich Award for leadership, because like Ilich hers is a legacy of community care.

“She just loves volunteering,” added her husband Mel, himself a longtime Richmond volunteer and former chair of Richmond’s longstanding Sister City Committee.

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