Giving back to the community you grew up in

“I truly believe in the Clearwater slogan, ‘Love where you live!’”

Volunteering his time has always come easy for Kurt Dodd. He said it started after he graduated high school when he began coaching sports such as baseball and hockey. That continued as his kids grew up and later he was on the board of the skill hill and volunteering for the snowmobile club, among others, as well.

“Any clubs that need a hand I usually volunteer time or money towards,” said Dodd.

For years he has helped to look after the grooming of the ski hill and ski patrols, as well as assisting with trail upgrades and grooming with the snowmobile club.

Michelle Baker, who is the preschool manager at Yellowhead Community Services and is a member of the Wells Gray Riders Association, said Dodd has donated his time, money and equipment for various events and causes around town, including the Turcotte Compound races and youth groups.

“If there is a community event happening, he most likely is a part of it, whether volunteering or sponsoring,” she said.

More recently, Dodd took part in raising money for the Clearwater and District Food Bank.

A cruising car show in May saw 110 vehicles driving through various communities in Clearwater. The cost of entry for each vehicle was $20 and Dodd matched that number —over $2,000.

When asked about why he continues to volunteer, especially while running a business, Dodd said it’s about the community — he also doesn’t like to have too much down time.

Baker said he is an asset to the community.

“He is an amazing human and excellent role model,” she said. “I am sure many people have stories to share on his commitment to our community!”

Dodd, however, said he considers himself to be just an average Clearwater citizen who does what he can to help others in the community.

“I have been very fortunate to grow up in Clearwater with many great role models,” he said. “I like giving back to the community where I was raised. Clearwater has treated me well and I enjoy helping out where I can.

“I truly believe in the Clearwater slogan, ‘Love where you live!’”

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