Volunteering for 100 + plus years, now THAT’S Outstanding!
Witha combined 100+ years of volunteering in nearly every field touching day-to-day life, the outstanding efforts of Frances Goodwin of Bury, Vivienne Galanis of Sherbrooke, and Marion Greenlay also of Sherbrooke, have helped to create a richer and more vibrant community.
At the Townshippers’ Day Opening Ceremonies, held on September 15, these three Township’s women, and their indelible imprints, were celebrated with the presentation of the 2012 Outstanding Townshippers Awards.
Executive Director Rachel Hunting was delighted by the inclusion of the Outstanding Townshippers’ Awards in this year’s Opening Ceremony for Townshippers’ Day, “I can’t think of a more appropriate time to celebrate these dedicated and often behindthe-scenes individuals from the Townships community. Their hard work, determination, and the impact they’ve made on others is remarkable and they truly are outstanding members of their respective communities.”
Created 13 years ago by Townshippers’ Association, the Award recognizes the important or significant contributions and long-term dedication of to the Townships English-speaking community by individuals or groups. The Awards also seeks to recognize fresh approaches and creativity in community service. Frances Goodwin was nominated for her vast efforts at giving back to her community over the span of 45 years. Since retiring from her post as an Assistant Postmaster with Canada Post, Frances has enjoyed organizing events for the Seniors Groups and Exercise Club, assisting with the Compton County Agricultural Society’s activities at the Cookshire Fair, and helping St. Pauls Anglican Church Guild with their holiday baskets for the elderly and isolated. In addition to being active with many other fundraising activities and involvement with organizations and groups the resident of Bury is the last founding member of the 57 year old Ladies Social Club. Unfortunately an illness prevented her from accepting the award in person. Townshippers’ Association wishes her a speedy recovery.
Since Vivienne Galanis arrived in the Townships in 1970, the Sherbrooke resident has been fully involved and committed to the English-speaking community. Although meeting a variety of needs in health and social services, education and arts and culture, one of her primary activities has been to help immigrants adapt to their new Canadian home. Whether tutoring to help improve literacy skills or meeting with one of the many organizations she has enthusiastically committed herself to, Vivienne’s dedication has focused on improving the well-being of others.
At the core of the Outstanding Townshippers Award is a desire to ensure the hard-working and often unsung heroes feel the warm glow of gratitude from the community they touch. It was fitting then that following the Awards presentation, the Ville de Farnham, host of Townshippers’ Day 2012, honoured Adelaide HallLanktree for her tireless dedication to their community.
(L) Assistant Director, Ville de Farnham Recreation, Culture and Tourism and (R)
was recognized for her lifetime commitment to her
hometown of Farnham.
A resident of Farnham since 1945, Adelaide enjoyed a long teaching career that spanned teaching elementary students to succeeding her sister as principal of Farnham Intermediate School and continuing to Granby High School (1968) and Cowansville’s MasseyVanier High School (1969 till 1973). After raising her family and extending her studies at McGill University, Adelaide retired from MasseyVanier High (1978 to 1983).
Not one to slow down, she shares her energy with the Grace United Church and ensuring the conservation of final resting places at four cemeteries (the Fernwood, Kirkwood, Adamsville and East Farnham.) With an interests in the history and genealogy of Farnham area families, Adelaide has also shared her time as a active member of the Farnham and Region Heritage Committee the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and the United Empire Loyalists (UEL) Sir John Johnston’s Branch, of which she is largely involved in the restoration project of the Sir John Johnston Funeral Vault in Mont St. Grégoire. A 63 year active member of the Eastern Stars White Rose lodge, Adelaide also serves as a member of the BMP Foundation and Townshippers’ Association.
Improving the well-being of others through literacy and other means is what makes Vivienne Galanis, with (L) Townshippers’ Association Vice-President Peter Quilliams, friend (R) Ruby Robinson, and Townshippers’ Association Community and Culture Coordinator Kate Wisdom, an Outstanding Townshipper.
Outstanding Townshipper Marion Greenlay - flanked by Townshippers’ Association vice-president Peter Quilliams and Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network’s Matthew Farfan, was awarded for her long-time volunteerism to the English-speaking community’s heritage and culture.
Outstanding Townshipper Recipient
Frances Goodwin who was unfortunately
unable to accept the award, was nominated
for her vast efforts at giving back to her community over the
span of 45 years.