There is a volunteer that lives in the community of Rosetown that is dear to many hearts. This gentleman’s name is Cliff Simpson and he has been a registered volunteer with Rosetown since 2002. Cliff’s volunteer history goes back way beyond 2002 though. This year, in September he turned 95 and he is still giving to others in so many ways. Cliff was born at his family home on the farm north of Rosetown September 21, 1920 to a family that already had 5 children and would go on to have one more after him. At a very young age, Cliff experienced the ultimate volunteer, a neighbor lady who took Cliff in as a toddler when his mother suddenly passed away. Cliff lived with this neighbor lady and her family for about 1 ½ years until he was old enough to return to his own home and “fend for himself” with the others in his family.
Helping others has been a lifestyle for Cliff as he grew up in a time where people pitched in to help others on a daily basis; volunteering was the essence of his rural community. After some 80 years in the same home at the same farm, Cliff and his wife Joyce (married 66 years in 2015), moved into town and a new era of volunteerism opened up to Cliff. Now instead of helping others with their cattle, farming or rural community tasks he would now drive people for appointments, deliver meals on wheels, sing and entertain at local seniors facilities, wheel around the big handi-bus or visit people who were shut in or lonely. Cliff also loves to arrange for new community members to play pool or bowl with him so they could get to know others with the same interests. Cliff made the pool playoffs this year and he is excited “because there is good money in winning, first prize is $200.00!”
At 95, Cliff still drives people to appointments, sings and entertains with the senior choral group and in his spare time he buys old bale wagons and fixes them up and sells them. Cliff says they don’t phone as often as they used to for a driver but he would still enjoy that task if they needed someone. A big part of Cliff’s life remains in his position as President of the Seniors Centre in town. The Seniors Centre is so important to him as there have been so many people that put so much time and effort into getting that building up and running, he feels it is his duty to keep it in good repair and to make sure there is a place for people to meet and have fun.
Cliff said that being a volunteer helped him to make the transition to town life, keeps him active and has enabled him to meet some of the most remarkable people through volunteering. Cliff says “you know you think you know someone and then you spend some time with them and you find out the most interesting stuff!” Cliff gives credit to the volunteer coordinators in the area for recruiting him, making him welcome and giving him important work to do. Thank you Cliff for continuing to be a model for others, showing them that in giving, you receive.