Vol­un­teer­ing for 100 + plus years, now THAT’S Out­stand­ing!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Cor­rinna Pole Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

Photo cour­tesy 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.

Photo cour­tesy Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

Photo cour­tesy Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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