Doug Sholdice named Brussels Citizen of the Year - Oct. 18, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Doug Sholdice, a long-time member of the Brussels Fire Department, has been named this year’s Citizen of the Year for Brussels and its surrounding communities.
Sholdice was nominated for the award due to his years as a volunteer firefighter, his work setting up a local St. John Ambulance brigade, his service as a steward with Brussels United Church and many more accolades. He handled all of these tasks with what one nominator described as his “quiet, competent nature”.
When helping to set up a local St. John Ambulance brigade, Sholdice led a group that felt Brussels could function just like any large city centre in managing its own group. In the end, Brussels won that support and for years members offered service at dozens of events.
Sholdice is a captain with the Huron East Fire Department’s Brussels division, having served with the organization for a number of years. Thanks to his background, he has also trained numerous firefighters in first aid.
He also served as a steward for the Brussels United Church for years. After stepping away, Sholdice still manages the church’s end-of-year finances. He has also been extensively involved with the Brussels Cemetery for many years, recently overseeing the installation of a new columbarium, an investment worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Dating back a number of years, Sholdice bought a storefront on Turnberry Street with the intention to open the 5R’s Thrift Store.
“We were amazed and thrilled that [the Sholdices] reacted to our crisis and offered us this gift of a long-term lease to continue our work in the village,” one nomination read.
With his work at Sholdice Insurance, one nomination read, he is often very busy, but always makes time for his community.
“Doug is a humble man who uses his talents for the good of many. His calm demeanor makes business with him pleasant. As busy as he so often is, when you have his attention, it is yours,” read a nomination.
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.