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Windsor, West Hants honour dedicated community volunteers


WINDSOR — The Hants County War Memorial Community Centre was packed recently with the region’s volunteers for a banquet to honour their service to the area.

Dozens of volunteers, from all ages and walks of life, were nominated by the organizations they represent as part of National Volunteer Week.

Some of those organizations included community halls, animal groups, sports associations, churches and more.

The two local governments also nominated their own volunteer representatives and business volunteers.

The Town of Windsor’s town crier Lloyd Smith received the Judy Fry Memorial Volunteer Award after performing his duties at the opening of the event.

“I knew Judy personally for many years and a finer lady you could never meet,” Smith said after receiving the plaque. “You don’t know what an honour it is to receive this award.”

The volunteer of the year for West Hants, Lisa Wood, couldn’t attend the event as she was battling cancer.

Her mother, Debbie Rose, accepted the award on her behalf.

Wood started volunteering with the Windsor Elementary School Breakfast Program and later became involved with the Hants County Community Access Network, promoting accessibility for those with disabilities locally.   

“There is very rarely a time when Lisa was asked to help that she doesn’t jump right in with both feet running,” said Kathy Kehoe, the director of recreation with West Hants.

Everyone gathered at the community centre in Windsor stood up as a sign of support for Wood and her family.

West Hants Warden Richard Dauphinee said volunteers like Wood are a community’s most valuable resource.

Although volunteers from all ages were represented, young people had a particularly strong presence at the awards. It was an encouraging sign, organizers said.

Hants County Youth Ambassadors, a group comprised of more than a dozen young people from King’s-Edgehill, Avon View, Horton and West Hants schools, was also recognized for their efforts in the community.

Andy Kirk, the MC for the evening, said the Hants County region is well known for its spirit of volunteerism, with approximately 40 per cent of the population volunteering their time.

The Business Community Appreciation Awards went to Nu-Air Ventilation Systems Inc. for West Hants and Tim Hortons in Windsor.

Nu-Air Ventilation Systems, operated by the Caldwell family in Windsor, has donated products and provided discounts to many local charity events. They’ve also sponsored local sports teams.

Joan Langille, the owner of Tim Hortons in Windsor, was honoured for her efforts in the community as well.

Langille spoke to the importance of youth involvement in the community.

“An opportunity to make a difference,” Langille said, “that’s what you have as youth.”

Along with sponsoring several local sports teams, Langille and Tim Hortons has supported the Hants Community Hospital, Christmas Angels, and Windsor’s waterfront development by purchasing outdoor gym equipment.

 

The following people and organizations were recognized as outstanding volunteers this year.

Lisa Wood

Lloyd Smith

Nu-Air Ventilation Systems

Tim Hortons

Hants County Youth Ambassadors

Dave Mailman

Ed Martin

Allison Boyd  

Ernie Smith

Gloria Shanks

Carol Dahr

Thomas Wilson

Laura Maddox

Kim Chambers

Maaike Niet

Walter Forrest

Jordan Macumber

Robert Fletcher

Aiden Macumber

Shaylin Johnson  

Jessie Bryan 

Spencer Blackwood

Courtney Chambers

Amy McDade

Colton Lyon

Kameryn Harvey

Brooke McNeil

Arnold Gallagher

Betty Richards

Jim Crilly

Bill Tetanish

Brett Tetanish

Donald McNeille

Gary Oickle

Joanne O’Leary

Juanita Hiscock

Karen Ward

Art Ward

Kathy Harvey

Kim Wiegers

Laine Thomas

Ralph Lyon

Spencer Wright

Tanner Campbell

 

Dozens of volunteers, from all ages and walks of life, were nominated by the organizations they represent as part of National Volunteer Week.

Some of those organizations included community halls, animal groups, sports associations, churches and more.

The two local governments also nominated their own volunteer representatives and business volunteers.

The Town of Windsor’s town crier Lloyd Smith received the Judy Fry Memorial Volunteer Award after performing his duties at the opening of the event.

“I knew Judy personally for many years and a finer lady you could never meet,” Smith said after receiving the plaque. “You don’t know what an honour it is to receive this award.”

The volunteer of the year for West Hants, Lisa Wood, couldn’t attend the event as she was battling cancer.

Her mother, Debbie Rose, accepted the award on her behalf.

Wood started volunteering with the Windsor Elementary School Breakfast Program and later became involved with the Hants County Community Access Network, promoting accessibility for those with disabilities locally.   

“There is very rarely a time when Lisa was asked to help that she doesn’t jump right in with both feet running,” said Kathy Kehoe, the director of recreation with West Hants.

Everyone gathered at the community centre in Windsor stood up as a sign of support for Wood and her family.

West Hants Warden Richard Dauphinee said volunteers like Wood are a community’s most valuable resource.

Although volunteers from all ages were represented, young people had a particularly strong presence at the awards. It was an encouraging sign, organizers said.

Hants County Youth Ambassadors, a group comprised of more than a dozen young people from King’s-Edgehill, Avon View, Horton and West Hants schools, was also recognized for their efforts in the community.

Andy Kirk, the MC for the evening, said the Hants County region is well known for its spirit of volunteerism, with approximately 40 per cent of the population volunteering their time.

The Business Community Appreciation Awards went to Nu-Air Ventilation Systems Inc. for West Hants and Tim Hortons in Windsor.

Nu-Air Ventilation Systems, operated by the Caldwell family in Windsor, has donated products and provided discounts to many local charity events. They’ve also sponsored local sports teams.

Joan Langille, the owner of Tim Hortons in Windsor, was honoured for her efforts in the community as well.

Langille spoke to the importance of youth involvement in the community.

“An opportunity to make a difference,” Langille said, “that’s what you have as youth.”

Along with sponsoring several local sports teams, Langille and Tim Hortons has supported the Hants Community Hospital, Christmas Angels, and Windsor’s waterfront development by purchasing outdoor gym equipment.

 

The following people and organizations were recognized as outstanding volunteers this year.

Lisa Wood

Lloyd Smith

Nu-Air Ventilation Systems

Tim Hortons

Hants County Youth Ambassadors

Dave Mailman

Ed Martin

Allison Boyd  

Ernie Smith

Gloria Shanks

Carol Dahr

Thomas Wilson

Laura Maddox

Kim Chambers

Maaike Niet

Walter Forrest

Jordan Macumber

Robert Fletcher

Aiden Macumber

Shaylin Johnson  

Jessie Bryan 

Spencer Blackwood

Courtney Chambers

Amy McDade

Colton Lyon

Kameryn Harvey

Brooke McNeil

Arnold Gallagher

Betty Richards

Jim Crilly

Bill Tetanish

Brett Tetanish

Donald McNeille

Gary Oickle

Joanne O’Leary

Juanita Hiscock

Karen Ward

Art Ward

Kathy Harvey

Kim Wiegers

Laine Thomas

Ralph Lyon

Spencer Wright

Tanner Campbell

 

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