Island woman receives award for helping those facing poverty

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'This has been a wonderful day,' says Betty Begg-Brooks, who runs a local not-for-profit organization called Gifts from the Heart. (Tony Davis/CBC - image credit)
'This has been a wonderful day,' says Betty Begg-Brooks, who runs a local not-for-profit organization called Gifts from the Heart. (Tony Davis/CBC - image credit)

Betty Begg-Brooks has been helping Islanders in need for years through her organization Gifts from the Heart.

She was recognized for that work on Sunday.

During Begg-Brooks's 75th birthday celebration, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Decoration by P.E.I. Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry in Charlottetown.

"This has been a wonderful day and I'm so happy they did this for me," Begg-Brooks said.

The non-profit Gifts from the Heart helps low-income Islanders, those going through temporary hardships and those facing homelessness.

Begg-Brooks wiped tears from her eyes as she was handed a lapel pin representing the decoration.

Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry, right, helped Begg-Brooks cut the cake for her 75th birthday.
Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry, right, helped Begg-Brooks cut the cake for her 75th birthday.(Tony Davis/CBC)

When Begg-Brooks got the call letting her know she would be receiving the award, she said she didn't feel like she was worthy.

"I didn't do it for recognition, I did it because there is a great need," she said. "Really, I didn't need a medal to keep doing the work that I do."

Usually the award comes in the form of a medal, but Begg-Brooks has to wait until the COVID-19 situation improves before she can head to Ottawa to receive it. She's excited for that moment.

"You pass the medal down to someone in your family," she said.

Begg-Brooks has a daughter working in Toronto who has a non-profit organization helping feed people facing homelessness.

"She would be the one I pass this medal on to," Begg-Brooks said.

Begg-Brooks isn't taking too much time to soak the moment. She said she will be back at work Monday.

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