An in­spi­ra­tion

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA WIND­SOR Cmor­ris-underhill@hantsjournal.ca

“You’re the epit­ome of what’s good in this world.”

West Hants War­den Abra­ham Ze­bian praised lo­cal vol­un­teers who spend count­less hours, year in and year out, work­ing to make this re­gion the best it can be.

It was a sen­ti­ment ex­pressed by all lev­els of govern­ment dur­ing the an­nual Wind­sor-West Hants Vol­un­teer Awards ban­quet April 26.

More than 40 in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity groups were cel­e­brated.

“When I hear of peo­ple like Kathy John­ston, owner of Fit­ness Junkies, in­spir­ing women of all ages and sizes to be­come ac­tive, that’s in­spir­ing to me,” said Ze­bian. “When I look at peo­ple like Mrs. Rita Porter, who has ded­i­cated end­less num­bers of years of ser­vice, that makes me proud to say Hants County is my home.”

Porter was se­lected to be West Hants’ pro­vin­cial vol­un­teer for 2017, while John­ston-Isenor re- The jointly-pre­sented Out­stand­ing Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award for 2017 went to the Matthew 25 Wind­sor and District Food Bank. West Hants War­den Abra­ham Ze­bian and Wind­sor Mayor Anna Allen pre­sented the award to vol­un­teers Eve­lyn Oat­man, Doreen Ea­gles and Cindy Loane, the food bank’s co-or­di­na­tor. ceived the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s busi­ness recog­ni­tion award.

Eighty-five-year-old Porter has been a vol­un­teer in West Hants for more than 53 years. From can­vass­ing and knit­ting for char­i­ties, to help­ing with lo­cal break­fasts and events, Porter gives freely of her time. She’s been a can­vasser for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety for more than 25 years and has spent sev­eral years help­ing with Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion. She’s also been a vol­un­teer with the Ar­doise Com­mu­nity Hall for more than 25 years, and over the years, has also do­nated her time for with the Hants Se­nior Games As­so­ci­a­tion, St. Croix Pas­toral charge and the Avon Pony Club.

John­ston-Isenor founded Fit- ness Junkies a few years ago and has been help­ing peo­ple in­cor­po­rate ac­tiv­ity into their lives since re­lo­cat­ing to the area about 10 years ago. Through her or­ga­ni­za­tion, she’s helped nu­mer­ous char­i­ties and groups, in­clud­ing the Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre.

Redden hon­oured

Wind­sor’s pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 2017 — and the re­cip­i­ent of the Judy Fry Award — was busi­ness­man Jeff Redden. He was se­lected for his tire­less en­thu­si­asm in help­ing his com­mu­nity pros­per. His busi­ness, Wind­sor Home Hard­ware, was named the busi­ness of the year.

Redden, who re­turned to the fam­ily busi­ness in 1993 to work with his fa­ther, Clarence, con­tin­u­ally as­sists in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal com­mu­nity events and or­ga­ni­za­tions. He ad­vo­cates for the bet­ter­ment of the re­gion, whether through beau­ti­fi­ca­tion — like his in­volve­ment with Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom and the Wind­sor Tree Canopy project — or through im­prov­ing the health of the com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing such groups as Christ­mas An­gels, and the Hants Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary.

VanEssa Roberts, the town’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, tourism and recre­ation, helped or­ga­nize the vol­un­teer ap­pre­ci­a­tion event. When pre­sent­ing Wind­sor Home Hard­ware with the Busi­ness Com­mu­nity Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Award, she said it is more that just a store.

“One thing that peo­ple no­tice when you walk into Wind­sor Home Hard­ware is you feel like you are walk­ing into your home,” said Roberts. “Staff know your name; staff are fam­ily and they treat cus­tomers like friends.”

She then re­minded peo­ple of em­ployee Mike Brown, who, shortly af­ter Christ­mas, took on the role of Doc McStuffins and fixed a bro­ken pen­guin flash­light, which bright­ened a lit­tle girl’s day.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

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