SCUGOG: Mayor Tom Rowett and members of Scugog Township Council will honour several generous members of the Scugog Township community on Sunday, Jan. 11 - during the annual New Year’s Levee.
As part of his first ever Mayor’s Levee event, the officiating Mayor Rowett will see that each of the recipients’ names is added to the Mayor’s Honour Roll plaque, which currently hangs inside the Scugog Township Municipal Office, at 181 Perry St. - to be dedicated to memory for years to come.
The event will also feature complimentary skating on the arena’s ice pad for all in attendance, as well as refreshments. All members of the public are invited to attend the Scugog Arena and Recreation Centre, located at 1655 Reach St., from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - on Sunday, Jan. 11.
For more information please contact Lisa Fitton at the Township of Scugog by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 905-985-7346, ext. 116. Please find below a statement from the Mayor’s Office, detailing the accolades of each recipient.
Enci Dhanoosingh - “Enci has been a very active senior who has volunteered her time and boundless energy to the Seniors Club for over 15 years. She has played a huge part in redefining the word Senior in this community by encouraging and assisting the club to have a more active lifestyle and broadening talents and skills among the members.
Thank you Enci for your inspiration and contribution to the physical well being of the senior residents in our community.”
Jim and Chris Grieve - “A 1981 Charter Member of the Port Perry Rotary Club, Jim served on the Board of Directors as President, and Sergeant at Arms and was awarded the highest honour as a Rotarian – the Paul Harris Fellow.
Jim and Chris exemplified the warmth, the trust and human, small town spirit that is such a trademark of Scugog Township when, during the blackout of 2003, they opened the doors of the IGA to customers and allowed them to purchase their emergency and other supplies just writing out bills and IOU’s by hand.”
Gord Humphrey - “Gord was a teacher at Port Perry High School whose volunteering went well beyond the classroom and normal extra curricular activities, coaching and teaching sports two to three seasons in every one of his 32 years.
He has won a number of awards over the years for his tremendous contributions to youth in sports. We want to thank and recognize you Gord for life-long involvement and commitment, providing a positive image and outcome for our youth, the future of Scugog and beyond.”
Jim Lawrence - “Pharmacist Jim Lawrence was born and educated out west, but has spent most of his life in Southern Ontario, and most of that in Scugog.
Jim joined the Port Perry Hospital Foundation Board, and has been a member for about 10 years. He currently serves as the Vice Chair and will assume the Chair in 2015. We are proud to honour you today Jim for your dedication, commitment and love for this community and the tremendous contributions that you have made, not only Scugog but well beyond our borders.”
Noreen Malcolm - “This young lady has played a major role in the birth and life of our local hospital. Along with the busy family life on the dairy farm Noreen worked on obtaining an Ajax residence for munitions workers at a cost of $400 to be moved to Port Perry as the ‘new’ hospital. The house still stands today. Noreen cut the opening ribbon at the official opening ceremony. Noreen was on the first Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary formed November 23, 1952 and has been an active member ever since.
You are an amazing woman who, at 91 years of age, still gives of herself to others. Thank you, Noreen Malcolm.”
Jonathan van Bilsen - “Most people know Jonathan van Bilsen as a photographer and author, but he has also accomplished a great deal of giving to the Scugog community.
Jonathan is Chair of the Kent Farndale Art Gallery and the Kent Farndale Bursary committee and sits on the board of the Scugog Council for the Arts. He was the first recipient of the Scugog Council for the Arts Patron of the Arts Award. All this and more makes Jonathan van Bilsen a very worthy recipient for the Mayor’s Honour Roll. What a wonderful contribution you continue to make to the Scugog Community, for your efforts with people of all ages, abilities and interests throughout Scugog, Durham Region and even nationally – and thank you Jon, for making Scugog your home.”
Clive Walton - “Clive is a well rounded tireless volunteer whose activities include work in the arts, sports, faith and humanitarian communities.
Clive has an extraordinary commitment to the Canadian Red Cross and is a member of the Disaster Management Team in Durham Region. He has travelled to other areas to assist victims of flooding, most recently he assisted the people who were displaced as a result of the fire at Fairview Lodge.
Clive welcomes all opportunities to help others and enjoys fully participating in the life of the community. Thank you, Clive.”