Annual awards in Harbour Grace
Town recognizes residents for local contributions
Harbour Grace residents of all ages filed into the Harbour Breeze for the town’s annual awards banquet on May 4 to see current and former residents receive recognition in sports and volunteerism for 2012.
Some 75 people were in attendance to support the achievements of athletes, hall of fame inductees and appreciation award recipients during the event, which included wine and finger foods.
There were 12 categories of awards this year, including the prestigious 2012 Citizen of the Year award which was awarded to Joseph P. George.
“Joey has been an outstanding citizen for the last 40-plus years contributing to our town and to the social, economic, athletic and academic environment that we live in today,” Mayor Don Coombs spoke about how deserving George was of the award
A volunteer committee made up of members from the town chose the recipient based on his town involvement, volunteer activities and his dedication to volunteer organizations for the past 40 years.
George is a well-known entity in the town and has volunteered with dozens of groups and teams since the early 1970s including the Harbour Grace soccer association.
He has been a prominent face in the hockey community for many years, was the director of the 1992 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in Carbonear and Harbour Grace and was co-chair 2012 Summer Games.
The 2012 male athlete of the year is no stranger to the Aero tennis courts in Harbour Grace where he has been an instructor for three years.
Logan Anderson played hockey with the defunct TriPen AAA major midget hockey team and the CeeBees midget team. He was awarded with the 2012 top physical education student at his school, and is a straight “A” student at Carbonear Collegiate. He also takes part in many school sports.
Female athlete of the year for 2012 was awarded to Courtney Coombs. She is a member of the local volleyball organization and competed with the host team at the Newfoundland Summer Games last year in ball hockey and tennis.
Coombs was a member of the Avalon allstar girls under-16 soccer team, won a silver award in girls’ basketball and is a member of Carbonear Collegiate’s badminton, softball and cheerleading teams.
Coombs’ sister, Paige, was given the Newfoundland Summer Games scholarship for the 2012 games. The award was first handed out 20 years ago during the last time they hosted the games.
Elizabeth Baker was the recipient of the Paul Moriarty Memorial Sport Volunteer of the Year award. It is awarded to an individual in the sports community who has demonstrated dedication and continuous involvement with the town and its recreational groups.
She was acknowledged her 20-year commitment to the Harbour Grace Regatta committee and has been part of the minor hockey association where she holds two coordinators position. She also volunteers with the Carbonear General Hospital auxiliary and is a member of the Harbour Grace Primary school council.
The Harbour Grace team of the year was no surprise to those in attendance.
Local members from the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games team were awarded with certificates and the prestigious title of Team of the Year.
Members took part in numerous events, including ball hockey, soccer, swimming, beach volleyball and many more.
The town also inducted a sports team into the Sports Hall of Fame.
The Harbour Grace Pirates fastpitch softball team played in 1982 at the old baseball field in Riverhead, Harbour Grace. Their 30-year anniversary in 2012 earned them the honour at the event.
Members of the team came from different parts of the province to receive the honour, and each one was reintroduced to nicknames from their former ball-playing days.
Every person that has held the position of Mayor in the Town of Har- bour Grace received a recognition award called the Mayor’s Chain of Office Recognition.
From 1945 to the present, 11 men held the position. Each one was honoured with a medal and certificate for their contributions to the town.
Family members were present to accept the awards on behalf of those who are deceased or could not attend.
The Municipal Service award was presented to Counc. Walter Walsh for 12 years of dedicated service to the town. He is also the son to former mayor Walter P. Walsh.
Recipients of the Mayor’s Recognition Awards were Dr. Lonz Button for 37 years of service in the town and Dr. Gerald Power for 44 years of town contributions.
Mayor Coombs said Harbour Grace is the only municipality in the province to have these awards.
The event also saw the naming of a new street in Harbour Grace. A road in a new development will be named Alec Moores Court after the former mayor.
Team of the Year was presented to the local members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games team. Pictured are: front (l-r) — Paige Coombs, Samantha Pike, Sarah Parsons, Stacey Pike, Camryn Taylor and Sydney Hunt; middle — Dakota Sheppard, Lucas Baker, Courtney Coombs, Terilyn Barnes, Jennifer Reid and Kaitlyn Noel; back — coach Taylor Anderson, Sarah Pynn, Mitchell Peddle, Zachary Quinlan, Brandon Lynch and Logan Anderson; missing from photo — Lucas Lynch, Brianne Chafe, Rebecca Taylor, Hayley Yetman, Kyle Jones, Nicholas O’Neil, Daniel Sparkes, Brianna Meadus, Kristen Shute, Ryan Cashin, Ryan Jones, Erin Jones, Gregory Donnelly, Adam Jones, Adam Slade, Mitchell Bailey, Ryan Combden, Paige Hiscock, Kate Pike, Regan Reynolds, Reegan Williams, Edward Donnelly, Connor Parsons, Daniel Pike, Matthew Thomey, Kelsey Shute, Tyler Byrne, Ryan Williams, Mark Peddle, Megan Thomey and Peter George.
The 1982, Harbour Grace Pirates fastpitch softball team was inducted into the town’s Sports Hall of Fame. In attendance for the presentation were: front (l-r) — Dave Regular, Paul McCarthy, David Coombs, Don Coombs and Val Perry; back — P.J. Coombs, Derek Galway, Peter Sheppard, Larry O’Shea and Keith McCarthy; missing from photo — Eric Stolaz, Harry Hunt, Brian Doran, John Morrissey, Wayne Grant, Rick Quinn, Cecil Byrne and Leo Galway.
Harbour Grace resident Joey George was awarded the town’s Citizen of the Year Award for 2012. George was given a plaque and a clock shaped like a ship’s wheel for his 40 years of continuous service and dedication to the town.