Quota International of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Quota Club of Ottawa is proud to nominate Willy Lee for International Volunteer of the Year for 2013. Willy joined the Club in 1995 and in the 18 years since has proven to be a dedicated, generous and committed Quotarian.
Born in Hong Kong, Willy made Canada her home in 1971. Willy was trained as a teacher, and also worked as a travel consultant. After the birth of her daughter Katherine, she opened her current travel business in 1990. She is an accomplished pianist and has accompanied her church choir, the Quota choristers at our Christmas teas for the New Orchard Lodge residents and also provided the music for carol singing at our club’s annual Christmas dinner. She is an astute business woman and despite being very busy, she is always willing to take on the position of Treasurer of the Club. To quote Willy, she has “lost count” on the number of times she has been Club Treasurer. In addition to this, she has held every position on the board, including two terms as President, and Vice-President.
Willy is always giving of her time and her expertise to the club’s various committees such as Programme, Membership, Ways and Means, Service, and also various committees set up at District Conferences. In addition, she has played a prominent part in many of our fundraising ventures such as golf tournaments, bake sales, bowl-a-thons, garage sales, her annual ‘hot-pot’, bingo and of course, our Night at the Races. The Club has been using her office as the distribution spot for our on-going cheese sales. During our last hands-on service project, Willy found us an empty office to store and pack the winter clothing which we collected for the youth of several communities of Nunavut.
Outside of Quota, she has helped found, organize and support choirs, concerts and many musical events in Canada’s capital. She is very active in Ottawa’s Asian community, serving as a director and member of several boards and committees. We think Willy is a one-person membership committee as she is always on the look out for new members and uses every opportunity to inform people about Quota’s endeavours and achievements.
We are very honoured and glad to have Willy, a true Quotarian, in our Club.