Beta Sigma Phi recognizes efforts

The Red Deer chapter of an international sorority has recognized a Red Deer woman for her community work. Wilma Heal, 76, was to be recognized for her volunteer efforts at Beta Sigma Phi’s Founders’s Day event.

Wilma Heal

The Red Deer chapter of an international sorority has recognized a Red Deer woman for her community work.

Wilma Heal, 76, was to be recognized for her volunteer efforts at Beta Sigma Phi’s Founders’s Day event.

Heal, 76, has volunteered for Catholic’s Women’s League and participated in the Catholic church choir.

Her other volunteer efforts have benefitted the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, the Lending Cupboard, and the Moose Lodge.

Heal is also a volunteer driver for people who need rides to doctors, church and hospital.

Before moving to Red Deer in 1999, Heal lived in Fort McLeod, where she volunteered for Boy Scouts, Cubs and area schools while raising five sons.

Heal was born in Holland in 1938.

When she was 15, she emigrated to Canada with her parents and 10 siblings, settling on a farm in the Taber area.

In 1957, she married and she and her husband moved to Fort McLeod. She was widowed at age 49.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization created more than 75 years ago.

The organization emphasizes life, learning and friendship.

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