Carl Nesbitt named Blyth Citizen of the Year - Oct. 18, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Charter member of the Londesborough and District Lions Club Carl Nesbitt has been named this year’s Citizen of the Year for Blyth and its surrounding communities.
Nesbitt received numerous nominations for the award, citing his extensive volunteerism in Londesborough and beyond for over four decades.
As a charter member of the Londesborough Lions, Nesbitt and 22 other members formed the club in 1977. Last year he received his 40-year membership pin.
During his time with the Lions, Nesbitt has been the president twice and has held numerous executive positions. He has been the membership chair for a number of years, sponsoring the most new members in the history of the club. He has also chaired many fundraising committees over the years as well.
One nomination stated that when it comes to selling tickets for Lions Club events or fundraisers, Nesbitt frequently outsells the entire membership of the club by an additional 50 per cent or more.
Nesbitt has taken care of snow removal at the Londesborough Community Hall for over 30 years free of charge. This year he also filled a vacancy, cutting grass for the Londesborough United Church, also free of charge.
As a member of the church for nearly 55 years, Nesbitt has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. He was also the manse chairperson for many years, which included upkeep and repairs on the building, doing many of them himself or procuring volunteers to ensure no cost to the church. He also supplied the aggregate materials for the church expansion project at no cost.
Nesbitt now cuts the roadside grass en route to the Blyth Union Cemetery in order to keep up its appearance for funeral processions. Last year he began cutting both sides of the street from London Road to Blyth Road. He also spent many years trimming down long grass and brush along the Blyth Greenway Trail.
Nesbitt has donated time, supplies and manpower to many fundraisers around the Blyth area for the last 40 years, both through his construction work or on his own. These projects include the original expansion of Memorial Hall, the elevator installation at Trinity Anglican Church, the 2002 upgrades to the Blyth and District Community Centre, the creation of Blyth’s skatepark, work at the Emergency Services Training Centre, the construction and maintenance of Blyth’s soccer fields and needed gravel or grass-cutting for the annual reunion of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association.
Nesbitt was also a vocal organizer when Central Huron considered using the Clinton Fire Department for incidents in the far north end of the municipality and Hullett residents were concerned about their safety. He started a petition to keep the Fire Department of North Huron serving Central Huron’s northern properties, efforts that resulted in a vote confirming the community’s wishes.
The Citizen annually presents two Citizen of the Year Awards, one for Blyth and one for Brussels and their surrounding communities, to honour outstanding volunteerism and commitment to community.
Citizen of the Year Award nominations are accepted throughout the year. Once the nominations are closed, a panel of the past five Citizen of the Year winners choose a winner from the year’s nominations.
This year, The Citizen will be holding a special night honouring this year’s winners. This will be an annual event going forward.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year winners will be honoured on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Blyth. All members of the public are encouraged to attend to help honour the best the community has to offer.