SCUGOG: Mayor Tom Rowett and Scugog Councillors will once again be honouring those who have made an impact on the local Scugog community this weekend, as part of the annual New Year’s Levee. The names of seven individuals and one charitable organization will be added to the Mayor’s Honour roll plaque, with the awards being given out at the event scheduled for Sunday, January 15th, at the Scugog Community and Recreation Centre.
The event will begin with complimentary skating from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. The Honour Roll ceremony will follow in the community hall, and for the first time, the Scugog Heritage Awards will be given out at the event.
Below is a bio about recipient of the honour roll.
ROB ASHTON has had farming in his blood from a very young age. He runs a large dairy farm west of Epsom together with cash cropping his acreage, and is also a maple syrup producer in Scugog Township. Rob has enjoyed being in the 4H Calf Club and has been a leader for many years, moving up to being President of the Durham West 4H Club. In April, Rob was awarded the 4H Ontario Arbor Award for volunteerism, at an award evening in Alliston, Ontario.
If you don't know the name MARGARET AYRES then you most likely do not live in the Township of Scugog. It is somewhat unbelievable that so much energy, kindness and community passion can be packed into one tiny person, but anyone who has been in her presence knows that those words simply do not do justice for what she gives back to our community. As director, for Big brothers Big sisters North Durham, she oversees it all, from in school mentoring, to the traditional BBBS program, to the various fundraising events held throughout the year.
Through her passion and commitment to all of her Littles, a term she proudly uses to describe the little brothers and little sisters she has increased the children in the program from 59 to 250. Her commitment to the Township doesn't end with her working hours, she is a proud founding member of 100 Women Who Care Scugog, Director with the Scugog Chamber of Commerce, as well as countless other organizations she helps out with.
Dr. MERRILEE BROWN has earned respect and recognition for Port Perry Medical Associates and Scugog Township, for her achievement in receiving honours for outstanding patient care and leadership.
In November, Dr. Brown was presented as one of seven Regional top physicians by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Later in the month she was one of twelve recipients from all the provinces and territories presented with the Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year Award, during a ceremony in Vancouver.
GLORIA FRALICK continues to uphold the caring traditions of her family. Gloria spent her childhood on Scugog Island. Ultimately, she chose to educate children and studied to become a teacher, which culminated in a job opportunity in Toronto, where she taught for many years.
When she retired in the 1990s, she returned to her roots on Scugog Island. During her retirement, she has been the Director of the Port Perry Senior’s Chorus choir. This group performs in many venues across the region, and is well received by the audiences. One of her many volunteer positions includes being the chairperson of the Scugog Island Hall. At one time, she was also the chairperson of the Scugog United Church. Before the Scugog Island Women’s Institute disbanded, she was a member of the organization and, also, the past President of the Ontario District Women’s Institute.
RITA HILKER is a capable community-minded individual. While in Ajax, Rita was very active in successful fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis and the Ajax Hospital Auxiliary, under the auspices of the Kinnette Club of the Kinsmen.
Since arriving in Port Perry, Rita has continued to be involved in various important community endeavours including: serving on the Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee in 2013/2014, and simultaneously becoming 1st Vice President of the Port Perry Senior Citizens Club (PPSCC). In 2015, Rita took on the role of President of the PPSCC. Organization, and streamlining is her strength. She is interested in, and accepting of, new ideas and has been instrumental in facilitating various new activities including Yoga, Mah Jongg and Computer Classes.
BILL LISHMAN has brought international fame and recognition to Scugog Township over the years, for his many environmental activities and artistic works. He has been recognized by the US Wildlife Federation, having worked tirelessly to lead the whooping crane to a new migratory path with his ultralite aircraft. The dwindling population was increased from 15 to 500 through his efforts. Bill is a member of the local Scugog Lake Stewards, and his beautiful bridge is a welcome addition to the Lakefront trail at Bagwaating Park. The bridge is a local example of his metal sculptures which can be seen in Ottawa, Toronto, Oklahoma, London (Ontario), Ireland and Hastings and elsewhere, not to mention the several on his property.
MARILYN STAFFORD has been the highly respected President of the Board of Directors for the Canterbury Common Resident’s Association, for the past two years. Since moving to Canterbury Common in 1999, she has participated and volunteered in various activities, such as the Co-Chair and Chair of the Ladies’ Golf League, she has convened and assisted at Scramble Golf dinners, she was a paddler with the Silver Dragons, then she became the Pledge Coordinator for the last few years and was part of the team that organized the Silver Dragon final year festivities. In her first two years on the Board of Directors, Marilyn was the Municipal Affairs Liaison, and then moved to House and Property Liaison.
The NEW ANIMAL SHELTER for UXBRIDGE-SCUGOG (NASUS) Fundraising Group is a registered charity led by a passionate group of volunteers and animal lovers, on a mission to build a new facility to care for lost, abandoned and neglected animals in our community. Since its inception in 2011, NASUS has raised significant funds through over 500 community events, and the commitment of over 100 volunteers.
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