Bertha Genge, 86, first joined council when the town was incorporated in 1978. She’s spent the last 39 years working hard and doing all she could to provide for the community. For the last 26 of those years, Genge has been in charge of recreation for Flower’s Cove.
Through her time, she has secured thousands of dollars in funding for the town’s softball field, playground, tennis and basketball courts, and the yearly carnival. Deputy Mayor Sandra Way says the town and council are grateful for her dedicated years.
The work Genge is most proud of is the Flower’s Cove gym, an initiative she started and followed through with for the past few years. She diligently got the proposals, grants, and most up-to-date equipment available for the workout centre.
Genge says it’s a facility in prominent use by the town, particularly in the winter months. While at 86 the gym is not of much use to her, she’s proud of the service it provides.
“My major accomplishment was the gym,” she said. “I didn’t use it but I started it right from the beginning.”
To honour her hard work and commitment to Flower’s Cove, residents and council gave her a parting gift of flowers and seal skin slippers.
“It was really nice, I didn’t expect them to do that,” Genge said.
Genge says council wanted her to stay on and help with the town’s recreation work, but at her age council work had become too daunting of a task.
“It’s a lot of hard work, and there’s not as much help as there once was,” she said. “I had been at it for so long, but everything has to come to an end.”
Now in her final days as a member of council, Genge is hoping to tie up one final piece of work with the town gym. She’s sent in a proposal to bring in a new treadmill and elliptical machine, and hopes it goes through as a successful finale to a nearly four-decade career on council.
“Once that is all squared up, that will be it,” said Genge. “Hopefully we can get it – whether we do or not, that will be the last thing I do.”
While she is retiring from council at age 86, Genge still remains involved with the local Lionesses and 50+ Club. Her mark on the town of Flower’s Cove remains strong, from the days of the town’s birth and well into retiring years.