Ann Meraw

Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Ann Meraw is an outstanding community contributor and a role model for active living. It is her mission to spread good health, her ability, her energy and her knowledge to others. The holder of many world-records in marathon swimming, she has volunteered her vast knowledge of water safety, rescue and survival with such organizations as the Vancouver Fire Department and Seniors’ Keep Fit Programs. Ann founded the first Canadian Water Babies Program and was the first woman lifeguard in Canada. Ann has been a member of the Royal Lifesaving Society since 1934. Ann is noteworthy not only for her formidable swimming achievements but also for her ongoing volunteer contributions. As a community policing volunteer, captain of her Block Watch, and the founder of the Maple Ridge Hall of Fame in 1997, her selfless personality makes her stand above the crowd. At 90, Ann continues to give back.


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