Dolores Dill

Award Category: 
Community Service Award
Recipient Year: 
2014

Born in Mexico, Dolores Dill came to Canada in 1966. She began her Canadian career as a teacher’s assistant and in 1981 attended the first Making Changes program for immigrant women presented in Calgary by the Arusha Centre. In 1982 she was part of the committee that formed the Immigrant Women Centre, now the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) and was named Treasurer of the Board. At this time she also settled into work at the Immigrant Services Calgary (then the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society) where, from 1981 to 1994, she excelled in providing settlement services.After retiring in 1994 Dolores continued to be a persistent and dedicated volunteer. She has worked with Immigrant Services Calgary, Canadian Hispanic Seniors Services Society, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, and Canada Revenue Agency, to name a few. In 2013 she was named Vice President of the Calgary Mexican Canadian Cultural Society.Dolores’ legacy will endure for many reasons, but interestingly, in 1999 she wrote a message of love and understanding on behalf of the Canadian Hispanic Seniors Services Society to the future generation. This message is preserved in a capsule at Calgary’s City Hall, to be opened in 2024.Dolores has three children and five grandchildren. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, dancing, and handcrafts.