Tuesday , 5 July 2022

Victor Ringuette honoured in first LCU Wall of Distinction

Victor Ringuette’s impact on Bonnyville is profound, perhaps unmatched.

That’s why he is the first person to be honoured in the new Lakeland Credit Union Wall of Distinction, which was unveiled on Wednesday at their Bonnyville branch.

Known for starting the company B&R Eckels Transport and his generosity to various community groups over the years, Ringuette was a member for 55 years before his passing in November 2021. His family was on hand to accept the induction.

“It is true that Victor never wanted nor expected recognition for anything that he did,” said Roxanne Ringuette, his daughter. 

“His generosity truly did come from his conviction that you have a responsibility to support the community that supports you. He believed that if he could give he should give. Our family is honoured and humbled that the Lakeland Credit Union chose dad to be the first inductee to their Wall of Distinction.” 

Annually, LCU plans to recognize a member who has shown extraordinary leadership and significant contribution and dedication to communities in the Lakeland region.

Each fall, the credit union will accept nominations for inductees from its membership with an announcement at their AGM to follow every spring. 

Board chair Salman Arabi said it is honour to have Ringuette as the first inductee.

“Victor’s name has become synonymous with unparalleled generosity. Victor was a humble man who will ever be remembered for his kindness and his love of community,” said Arabi, addressing those in attendance. 

“In particular, Victor believed that the strong support of youth programs today would develop the strong community leaders of tomorrow.” 

Judy Cabay, vice-chair, also spoke at the event, as she has known the family for over 50 years.

“I was one of the very first people he took a chance on. I was the secretary in his little office, at his house, and the stories can go on. I’ve always known Victor as a kind-hearted caring person — a humble man that has always given back to people and his community,” she said. 

With a small ceremony and various community members and local politicians on hand for the event, it was followed up with a BBQ outside in the warm weather.

Ringuette’s plaque reads: Victor always said, “You do what you do, and you give what you can.” In bold: He was a man of his word.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.