Kim Remley will be honored for humanitarian efforts

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Kim Remley, leader of Stop Polluting Orleans County, speaks during a public hearing on Sept. 16 about a landfill in Albion.

ALBION – Kim Remley has long been active in the Albion community, pushing for park upgrades, youth activities and health care.

She also has led a citizens group in a fight against additional landfills in the community. Remley is chairwoman of Stop Polluting Orleans County.

She is being recognized with the 2014 Pullman Memorial Humanitarian Award. Lee Richards, pastor of the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, said Remley is primarily being recognized for her volunteer work leading SPOC and the organization’s commitment to protecting the local environment. But he said Remley has been a dynamo in the community, devoted to many causes.

“She is an inspiration to others to get involved,” Richards said.

Remley will be honored at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 at Pullman, with a reception to follow at noon. The public is invited to the event at 10 East Park St., Albion.

Remley is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albion and is active with Vacation Bible School and a youth group, TGIF. She is spearheading the church’s efforts to erect a Peace Pole.

She is a member of Rebuild Bullard, a committee working on upgrading Bullard Park. She also is a vendor of the Downtown Browsery Co-Op and serves as vice chairwoman of the group’s board.

She has been active with the Albion Main Street Alliance, local political campaigns, Friends of the (Swan) Library, Oak Orchard Lighthouse Committee and was a volunteer for the Lakeside Health System Foundation.

In 2010 she was recognized by the Orleans County Youth Board with the Eileen Heye Adult Volunteer Award.

During the event honoring Remley, Richards said he plans to share a quote Henry David Thoreau: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Richards said he is impressed with Remley’s community service, especially the years of devotion to fighting landfills.

“She has shown she can stick to it,” Richards said. “She’s worked long and hard on it.”