Isobel Hyde and Jack Vlug were presented their Vancouver Branch Awards by outgoing Chair, Peter Richards, on September 14, 2018 at the Vancouver Branch AGM. Congratulations Isobel and Jack!
Isobel has been a member of RSCDS Vancouver branch since 1957.
At the age of 95, she still attends 3 dance classes each week and is a constant presence at most branch and club events.
Her knowledge of the history of Scottish country dance in Vancouver and her continuing enthusiasm for dancing has been responsible for encouraging others to begin dancing and become members of RSCDS.
She attributes her continuous participation in dancing and the social interaction with fellow dancers to her excellent physical and mental well being, and has not given any thought to hanging up her dancing shoes any time soon.
RSCDS Vancouver Branch
Jack gained his full teaching certificate in 1995 and soon after he started a Scottish Country Dancing class at one school in Powell River. This class proved to be so popular that other schools in Powell River asked him to conduct classes. From that small beginning his reputation rapidly increased until he has now taught Scottish Country Dancing in every elementary school in the Powell River School District. In 2014 the Powell River Board of Education showed their appreciation by honouring Jack as a long-time volunteer. Today he is still hard at work teaching children and in 2017 taught about 900 of them. Sept 14th 2018 It is very appropriate that Jack Vlug should be recognised by the Vancouver Branch for his work in Powell River. It is a pleasure to applaud one of our largely unsung heroes for his dedication in teaching our form of dancing to school children and introducing them to the enjoyment of jigs, reels and strathspeys. Well Done, Jack!!!!