Huron-Bruce MPP honours remarkable citizens - Feb. 8, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
As is her annual tradition, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson recently handed out her Remarkable Citizen awards at a special event in Teeswater. Several locals were honoured for their contributions to their communities.
Thompson, the newly-named Chair of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus, honoured 40 members of her riding for achievements spanning the spectrum of community service.
“Each of the people recognized this evening have worked tirelessly to make their communities the friendly and vibrant places that they are. Their selflessness and dedication is truly remarkable,” Thompson said. “It is my hope that their positive leadership will continue to inspire others to become involved locally as well.”
Grant Sparling, Vice-President and General Manager of Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company, was honoured for his work on the business which has attracted nearly 100,000 people to Blyth in the past six months.
Thompson said that Sparling and his team have created over 150 jobs at the Blyth location and out on the road.
Jamie McCallum of Belgrave was awarded for his hard work both in chairing the East Wawanosh 150th Anniversary Committee in 2017 and helping to reinvigorate the community’s baseball league. He has also coached T-ball and hockey in the community as well.
Doug McArter of Brussels was honoured for his work in a number of areas. McArter has been a member of the Brussels Optimist Club for nearly 30 years, even serving as its president.
He is also a member of the Board of Managers at Melville Presbyterian Church in Brussels and has been on the executive for Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey. McArter has also been the lead organizer of the annual Brussels Terry Fox Run for a number of years.
Matt Townsend of Blyth and Gerry Wheeler of Brussels were both honoured for their hard work and dedication to help make the 2017 International Plowing Match a reality in Walton.
Townsend was at the head of the site’s RV park, while Wheeler managed the land over the course of the match. Each man, Thompson said, had contributed hundreds of hours to the match in order to make it a success.
Yvonne Kitchen of Brussels and Shirley Dinsmore of Seaforth were honoured for their work with the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service.
Dinsmore as the executive director and Kitchen as the chair have worked in palliative care in Huron County for the past 25 years and continue to put their efforts towards the project.
Wendy Hutton of Seaforth has been the assistant volunteer co-ordinator at the Blyth Festival for the past four years. In addition, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for a decade.
Hutton is also involved with the Seaforth Community Hospital, the monthly Dining for Seniors lunch, the Children’s Aid Society, the Egmondville United Church and the Seaforth Agricultural Society.
Doug McBurney of Wingham was also honoured for his over-45 years in the funeral home business.
Thompson said that McBurney, with his “incredible care” for families during the grieving process, has become a mentor to many other funeral professionals in Huron County.
Marg Moffat of Bluevale was awarded for her work at the OneCare Seniors’ Day Centre, her work with Wingham curling and her years of commitment to the Belgrave Fowl Supper.
Moffat has also made a habit of preparing meals for various church events and served as a captain in the Bluevale area for the April cancer campaign for over 25 years.
Janet Cameron of Clinton was honoured for her years of work with the Scouts and Guides of Clinton.
Cameron served as a Clinton Councillor for one term and has also served on the Clinton Public Hospital board of directors. She has also held a number of leadership roles within local and provincial agricultural societies.
George and Barb Marklevitz of Wingham were awarded for their custodial work at Sacred Heart School in Wingham. In addition, the couple has been involved with the Wingham Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Barb has been involved with the Catholic Women’s League.
Susanne Cutting of Dungannon received an award for her work with the Dungannon Agricultural Society and for taking on leadership roles with the Dungannon Super Pull and Pro Rodeo events.
Trevor Bazinet of Goderich was honoured for his work in helping to get the Goderich outdoor skating rink up and running. He has also been involved in numerous other initiatives throughout the Goderich community.
Kimberley Payne of Goderich was honoured for her work as Executive Director of the South Huron Hospital Foundation, with Jessica’s House hospice and as a board member for the Goderich Celtic Folk Society and the Celtic Roots Festival. She is also involved with the Bach Music Festival of Canada and the Arts and Cookery Bank.
Also receiving citizenship awards that night were: Ted and Jean Dunn, Bayfield; Dave Gillians, Bayfield; Pat O’Rourke, Exeter; Ada Dinney, Exeter; Donna Inglis, Belmore; Jane McQuarrie, Teeswater; Agnes Bregman, Teeswater; Susan Riley, Teeswater; Marlene Gibson, Point Clark; Carolyn Day, Southampton; Joan Borho, Formosa; Mary Keip, Formosa; Rosie Laidler, Kincardine; Linda Stanley, Kincardine; Brooklyn Lampi, Kincardine; Dom Jackson, Kincardine; Patt Lowry, Kincardine; John Farrell, Kincardine; Byron Monk, Walkerton; Alishia Oberle, Walkerton; Dorne Fitzsimmons, Tiverton and Joseph and Diane Rys, Walkerton.
“Each of the people nominated this evening have given selflessly of their time and talents. I cannot thank them enough for making Huron-Bruce such a wonderful place to live. I look forward to all the remarkable things they will achieve as they continue to be helping hands in their communities,” Thompson said.