She became President of the Calgary Presbyterial, United Church Women; was a member of the executive of the Alberta United Church Women; and a Lay Commissioner to the United Church of Canadaís General Council (1968 to 1870). Virnetta also was a member of the Mount Royal College Ladies Auxiliary; served as the President of Meals on Wheels (1971 to 1974); served on the Board of the City Core Senior Citizen Centre; sat on the Board of the United Way (1974 to 1978); the boards of Trinity Lodge, Aunts at Large, Calgary Metropolitan Foundation, Calgary Tourist and Convention Association, and the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts (1975 to 1980). She has been both a board member and Chairman of the Calgary Committee for the Civic Centre Chairman of the Calgary Family Services Bureau, and a member of Mayor Kleinís Advisory Committe. Virnetta was elected to City Council in October 1974 and served until October of 1977.

After Civic politics, Virnetta undertook a career in real estate and served as President of the Calgary Seniors Showcase Society. She also continued an active association with the United Way of Calgary. Virnetta was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Calgary Rotary Club in 1988. In 1992 she was a nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award - their first such award in this category, as well as the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal.

In later years she began to take time for herself, enjoying outdoor recreation at her vacation trailer in parks around Okotoks and Sundre and intimate moments with friends and family around home.
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