Elaine Armstrong named Brussels Citizen of the Year - Nov. 2, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
After receiving nearly 10 nominations, Elaine Armstrong has been voted this year’s Citizen of the Year for the Brussels community.
Community members have praised Armstrong for her hard work in a number of different capacities in Brussels. She was instrumental in the creation of the Soup & More 2 program, which extends its reach into the community for those looking for a hot lunch and some fellowship. Not only was she crucial to the program’s creation, but she continues to be involved in it to this day.
One nomination commended her involvement with the Melville Presbyterian Church, saying that not only is she an elder in the church, but that she also serves as a choir member, Sunday School superintendent and she serves on many of the church’s committees.
Armstrong is also very involved in the planning of many community bridal showers and her reach extends beyond her home community and home church. She has supported the Kids’ Korner Vacation Bible School at Brussels Mennonite Fellowship since the 1980s when it began, as well as events throughout Huron East and into Ethel.
“If a job needs done, Elaine willingly helps with a ready smile,” read one nomination. “Elaine is a great community volunteer who deserves the award of Citizen of the Year.”
Armstrong has also served for a number of years as a member of the Melville Women’s Guild and Women’s Missionary Society.
“[Armstrong] does all this while helping to look after her mother, her mother-in-law and her grandchildren,” another nomination read. “She likely does many more things, but she is so humble that we don’t know about it.”
Armstrong will be part of a plaque presentation later this year.
This year’s Citizen of the Year was chosen based on nominations received in this past year and in recent years and then a panel consisting of the past five Citizen of the Year winners chose based on those nominations.
The award is presented annually by North Huron Publishing, parent company of The Citizen.