Six ci­ti­zens hon­oured for ’Cana­dian char­ac­ter’

Virgo earns red beer fridge

Shoreline Beacon - - News - FRANCES LEAR­MENT edi­tor

Saugeen Shores res­i­dents Jeff Virgo - a cana­dian Vet­eran wounded on duty - is the proud owner of a shiny red Mol­son cana­dian beer fridge af­ter be­ing se­lected as one of 150 cana­di­ans in a canada 150th birth­day “a taste of Who We are” cam­paign cel­e­brat­ing cana­dian char­ac­ter.

Virgo, in­volved with the Saugeen track & Field club, mi­nor soc­cer, the town of Saugeen Shores, and re­cently as an am­bas­sador at the in­vic­tus games, re­ceived the iconic fridge and a sou­venir wooden Mol­son crate, oct. 3 dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions at the Southamp­ton fire hall. Five other lo­cal nom­i­nees were also hon­oured with crates that in­cluded beer glasses, an opener, coast­ers and six­pack of beer.

Mol­son re­ceived thou­sands of nom­i­na­tions for its “a taste of Who We are” cam­paign, each with a story of some­one act­ing with cana­dian char­ac­ter, like the quiet hum­ble­ness Virgo dis­played as he ac­cepted his award.

For Virgo, be­ing a proud canuck in­cludes: “Be a part of your com­mu­nity - even if it’s some­thing small - just help­ing one an­other out maybe help­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion out. Just be­ing proud of who you are and be­ing proud of where you’re from and be­ing a proud cana­dian,” he said as he ac­cepted the hon­our.

There were 1,500 crates dis­trib­uted across canada to rec­og­nize peo­ple who added some­thing to their com­mu­ni­ties. the lo­cal re­cip­i­ents in­cluded:

Joyce Johnston: a “her­itage su­per star” and mem­ber of the town’s Mu­nic­i­pal her­itage com­mit­tee tasked with pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing the rich her­itage and his­tory of this area

Stan Kol­lon­tay: a vol­un­teer fire­fighter and paramedic in Saugeen Shores who is a recre­ation booster

doug hu­ber: the for­mer Southamp­ton Fire chief, a com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate, sports­man and for­mer town coun­cil­lor

John We­ichel: an “out­stand­ing” lo­cal mar­itime his­to­rian/au­thor

dan rus­sell: The “ed­u­ca­tor ex­traor­dinare” was hon­oured as the Prin­ci­pal of G.C. Hus­ton school in Southamp­ton.

FranCeS Lear­ment/Shore­line Bea­con

Saugeen Shores res­i­dent Jeff Virgo - a Cana­dian Vet­eran wounded on duty - is the proud owner of a shiny red Mol­son Cana­dian beer fridge, one of 150 Cana­di­ans cho­sen in a Canada 150th birth­day “A Taste Of Who We Are” cam­paign cel­e­brat­ing Cana­dian char­ac­ter.

Dan Rus­sell

Doug Hu­ber

John We­ichel

Joyce Johnston

Jeff Virgo

Stan Kol­lon­tay

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