DDI Volunteers EarnThunder Bay Exceptional Achievement Awards


 Gerrie Van Duyn – Spirit  of Thunder Bay Award

Gerrie Van Duyn was one of the founding members in 1987 of the Christian Reform Church Volunteer Group at the Dew Drop Inn.    While original members have come and gone, Gerrie has remained faithful for over 25 years and acts as the group’s coordinator and planner. Gerrie accepts everyone as an equal and worthy of her respect. Gerrie has also been a volunteer in her church community. She has dedicated over 10 years of her time to helping young grade 2 children develop fine motor skills by teaching them to knit. She has also worked with the physically disabled, assisting them with Pool Therapy at the Frank Murphy community centre at St. Joseph’s Heritage. “Neighbours helping neighbours” is the motto of the dew Drop Inn and Gerrie has been a prime example of this philosophy for over 25 years.


Alice Vanderwees – Good Citizen Award

In 1987, Alice Vanderwees’ sister gathered friends and family together to form the original Christian Reformed Church volunteer group for the Dew Drop Inn Soup Kitchen.  The group was made up of members of the three local Christian Reformed Churches. It was not too many years after that Alice also joined the group. Alice took the initiative and encouraged the Vanderwees company to donate eggs on a regular basis for use at the Dew Drop Inn. This has turned into a tradition for the Christian Reformed Volunteer Group as well as for the men and women who frequent the Dew Drop Inn. Christian Reformed Church ‘volunteer day’ at the DDI means ‘ fried egg bunwiches’ to along with the rest of their meal…something that the over 200 daily clients really look forward to. From  her first day as a volunteer over 13 years ago at the Dew Drop Inn,  Alice has been a blessing to the men and women who eat there, to the other volunteers and to the Director and Board. She accepts people as they are…without judgment. She has a gentle and accepting spirit that touches all who come into contact with her. Alice`s kind demeanor is a reminder that at the Dew Drop Inn people are not marginalized…they`re simply neighbours…sharing with neighbours.