Her life is marked by tireless commitment to community service.
Elva Chamberlain’s philosophy seemed to be that making a difference didn’t have to involve ingenious or revolutionary ideas, but it did have to involve a steady, and cherished desire to make a difference in people’s lives.
The connection between music and community service seems a recurring theme in Peterborough. Elva began playing music by ear at an early age. Over the years, she volunteered her musical talents to entertain at long-term care facilities and retirement residences throughout the area, as well as church functions and other gatherings. Her schedule often included at least four performances per week.
What’s more, Elva’s love of sports and her accounting background made her a natural executive for such groups as bowling leagues, the Peterborough Curling Club and the Lawn Bowling Club. She also found time to work with the Royal Canadian Legion and the Air Force Association – also volunteering for Meals On Wheels. As more and more became aware of her special dedication to community, recognition began to come. Elva was awarded a Canada 125th Anniversary Confederation Commemorative Medal, the Gordon Holnbeck Award For Volunteer Service, a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship, and the County of Peterborough Award for Volunteerism.