Silver Thimble Award

The Silver Thimble Award recognizes guild members who have shown outstanding service to the guild. 

The Victoria Quilters’ Guild annual Silver Thimble Award was established in May, 1990 in memory of Eleanor Jacobs who passed away on November 27, 1989.


  • Any member in good standing for five (5) or more years in the Victoria Quilters’ Guild and who has worked diligently for the betterment of the V.Q.G.  Honorees do not need to have served on the Executive but will have shown outstanding service to the Guild. 
  • The award to be given to living members who can enjoy the significance of the award.
  • Award to be limited to one per year.
  • Nominations will be submitted by the membership to the Committee in writing for consideration and approval, or on a decision of the Committee. 


  • Initially this was a five member Committee of volunteers: Ruby Bauer, Gaye Benson, Laura Hopkins, Vi Denluck and Julia Darby.
  • At the discretion of the honoree, she may choose to sit on the Committee, replacing one of the volunteers to maintain a committee of five persons.
  • No person should sit on this Committee for more than five years.
  • In the event the Committee falls to less than five persons, the President, plus Committee Chairman, may appoint members.
  • Chairmanship of the Committee to be chosen from the Committee members. No person should hold the office more than two years.

The award is to be chosen at a meeting attended by the Committee and VQG President or a member of the Executive appointed by the President. The recommendation of the Committee should be ratified by the President before presentation.

To retain the prestige of the award, it must be given meaningfully and not necessarily annually.

The award is to consist of a silver thimble, engraved with Victoria Quilters’ Guild and the year (e.g. VQG 1990).  It will be accompanied by a certificate outlining the award.

The award is to be presented at the Annual General Meeting, if possible.

The Guild will maintain an album containing Eleanor’s photo and biography and photos and biographies of honorees as they accumulate.

Silver Thimble Award was approved by the General Meeting on April 18, 1989 and drawn up February 23, 1990 at the Committee meeting at Vi Denluck’s home. It was amended at Executive Meetings on September 28 and December 1993.

Silver Thimble Honorees

2023 – Georgia Andrews

2022 – LaVerne Mullane

2021 – Cathy Miller
2020 – Helen Taylor
2019 – Linda Moran
2018 – Ursula Riegel
2017 – Adaline O’Gorman and Pam Teasdale
2016 – Lois Toutant
2015 – JoAnne Bonnyman
2014 – Karen Killins-Robinson
2013 – Susan Teece
2012 – Laura Manning
2011 – Susan Pfeifer
2010 – Peggy Farries
2009 – Lorraine Doyle
2008 – Sharon White
2007 – Shari Poje
2006 – Susan Purney-Mark and Daphne Greig
2005 – Lisa Gordon
2004 – Joan Wotherspoon
2003 – Liz Butler
2002 – Anneke Rubingh
2001 – Jill Gardener and Joyce Newman
2000 – Gail Tucker
1999 – Shirley Westaway
1998 – Nancy Card
1997 – Patricia Lawrence
1996 – Vi Denluck
1995 – Ruby Bauer
1994 – Fran Wood
1993 – Bonnie Drummond
1992 – Heather Edwards
1991 – Cynthia Stanhope
1990 – Joyce Wild, First President