Dec. 7, 2019 — At the Chinook Country Historical Society’s Christmas Luncheon, director Kate Reeves presented the inaugural Diana Sim Volunteer Recognition Award to Roberta Ryckman (pictured above). Please find below Harry Sanders' obituary for Diana Sim, in whose memory the volunteer recognition award is named.
Diana Winifred Sim
(1933 - 2003)
by Harry Sanders
Diana Winfred Sim passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 2, 2003 at the age of 70. She was predeceased by her parents, Jessie McKenzie and Albert Sim. She will be missed by her sister, Dorothy Wallace of Dumbarton, Scotland, nephews Jim Wallace and David Wallace, as well as numerous close friends in Calgary.
Diana served with the Royal Air Force in Germany in the early 1950s, and left Scotland for Canada late in that decade. She lived in Montreal and Banff before moving to Calgary in 1967. She worked at the Banff Springs Hotel, and then enjoyed a long career with Parks Canada’s Western Region Office, first in the Engineering section and then for Historic Sites, where she played an administrative role in arranging historic site ceremonies and in the placement of historic site plaques in western Canada. Always willing to try something new, Diana embraced and mastered electronic record keeping and communications early on. She took early retirement and soon found herself busier than she had ever been at work.
For a woman of 5’1’’, Diana was a force of life. She was outgoing, enthusiastic, and interested in everything. Whenever there was a problem, she was willing to commit her time and energy to help. She was a member of four women’s choirs, and sang in a choir at the Kiwanis Music Festival; she attended the opera, the philharmonic and the Pleiades Theatre; and volunteered for the International Organ Festival and Lunchbox Theatre. She also volunteered for Canadian Blood Services.
Diana loved history, and was an active member and outstanding volunteer for the Historical Society of Alberta (and its local branch, the Chinook Country Historical Society) and the Lougheed House Conservation Society. She was a long time member of Wesley United Church and more recently joined Hillhurst United Church. She knitted, travelled widely, and late in life, learned and excelled at water colour painting. Diana loved Scottish country dancing, and once danced on the Great Wall of China. She pursed whatever she wanted in life, and in so doing brought joy to others.
Diana’s memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at 2:00pm at Hillhurst United Church.