MP Ben Lobb honours numerous residents with Canada 150 medals - July 6, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Just prior to Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary on Saturday, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb recognized dozens of Huron County residents for their efforts by awarding them Commemorative Canada 150 medals.
Lobb, at the Wingham Knights of Columbus Centre on June 28, explained that the medals are for those who demonstrate strength of character, respect and other positive attributes while at the same time give back to their communities.
In The Citizen’s readership area, many residents were recognized for their efforts.
Doug McArter of Brussels received a medal for his time serving his community through the Brussels Optimist Club, Blyth/Brussels Minor Hockey, an organizer for the Terry Fox Run and being involved local fastball teams and tournaments.
Brussels’ Joe Seili was honoured for his contributions to economic development. Being self-employed in the agri-business field for nearly 40 years, Seili has helped foster business in Brussels and has also served on municipal council for 16 years including two terms as mayor. Seili is also a member of the Brussels Optimist Club.
Steven Sparling of Blyth received his medal for his commitment to the village, his leadership and his lifetime of support for economic sustainability. Sparling retired as CEO of Sparlings Propane in 2016 and is now the CEO of the Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company in Blyth. Sparling has contributed to the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity, the Blyth Emergency Services Training Centre and the Huron County Economic Development Board, all designed to benefit the communities he supports.
Helen Craig of Walton was awarded a medal for her selfless commitment to the community, according to Lobb. A lifelong resident of Huron County, Craig’s involvement in the Walton Women’s Institute was noted as was her work with the Special Olympics, the 4-H program and her time as a member of the United Church Women in Walton. She is currently part of the efforts behind the 2017 International Plowing Match in Walton.
Maxine Seers, now of Goderich but previously of Auburn, received a medal for her commitment to Auburn. She is a lifelong member of the Auburn Horticultural Society which she currently serves as President for and was recently recognized as an outstanding member of the Ontario Horticultural Association’s District 8.
Don Dodds, of Winthrop, was recognized for his over 55 years with the Huron County 4-H program, including the 4-H Swine and Sodbusters clubs. Dodds’ contributions to the Huron County Plowmen was also recognized, as was his time with the Seaforth Fall Fair Board and with the Cavan United Church in Winthrop.
Wingham’s Jason Goodall was recognized for his contributions to his community including his 20 years on the Wingham Silver Stick Committee which has resulted in him being elected international director for the hockey event, coaching the Wingham Spitfires for nine years and three Western Ontario Athletic Association senior championships and his various other community activities including the Wingham Homecoming, the Wingham Sportsman Club, Wingham Minor Baseball and Wingham Minor Hockey.
Wingham’s Tim Poole was recognized for his distinguished military career, including 23 years as a Military Police Officer, and contributions to Wingham. Poole is the Chief of Police in Wingham as well as commanding officer of the local Air Cadets, Squadron 543. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and serves on the Huron Victims Services Board of Directors.
Other recipients include:
• Connie Barker (Southampton, Ontario)
• Jay Bell (Kincardine, Ontario)
• Gwen Devereaux (Seaforth, Ontario)
• Ralph Dietrich (Mildmay, Ontario)
• Donald Farrell (Ripley, Ontario)
• Thomas Hayter (Dashwood, Ontario)
• Robert Heywood (Exeter, Ontario)
• Mary Lapaine (Goderich, Ontario)
• Norm Leddy (Goderich, Ontario)
• Fred Lobb (Clinton, Ontario)
• Donald Gordon MacKay (Port Elgin, Ontario)
• Jack McLIwain (Seaforth, Ontario)
• Rick McMurray (Lucknow, Ontario)
• Robert “Doc” Miller (Clinton, Ontario)
• Florence Pullen (Clinton, Ontario)
• John Rasenberg (Exeter, Ontario)
• John Patrick Ryan (Seaforth, Ontario)
• Maxine Seers (Goderich, Ontario)
• Deb Shewfelt (Goderich, Ontario)
• Michael Smith (Saugeen Shores, Ontario)
• Dona Swift (Kincardine, Ontario)
• Chandrashekher Tripathi (Kincardine, Ontario)
• Alma Westlake (Zurich, Ontario)
• David Yates (Goderich, Ontario)