Ap­ple Hill fire­fighter nabs life­time achieve­ment award

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(Ed­i­tor’s note: North Glen­garry’s an­nual Busi­ness & Com­mu­nity Awards Gala will be held on Thurs­day, Sept. 29, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Glen­garry Sports Palace. We at The News are pleased to pub­lish the fol­low­ing pro­files on four of the award re­cip­i­ents.)

Mavis Robert­son - 2016 Se­nior of the Year Award: Mavis and Gordie Robert­son moved to the vil­lage of Maxville in North Glen­garry in 2000. Mavis quickly be­came in­volved in the com­mu­nity’s ac­tiv­i­ties and it wasn’t long be­fore she was known as a tire­less vol­un­teer and sup­porter. She has been a di­rec­tor of the Kenyon Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety (KAS) for 10 years in many roles, most re­cently as pres­i­dent. Mavis is known for her dili­gence, at­ten­tion to de­tail and her co­or­di­na­tion skills.

She has un­der­taken and sup­ported the or­ga­ni­za­tion of many large events while with the KAS: the an­nual Maxville Fair, in­clud­ing its 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, the Re­lay for Life, the Ca­nine Agility events, and nu­mer­ous cel­e­bra­tions at the Angus Grey and Met­calfe Cen­tre in­clud­ing mixed par­ties, wed­dings and an­niver­saries. Mavis was part of the KAS when it built the Met­calfe Cen­tre, and she now man­ages book­ings, in­ven­tory and main­te­nance for the hall.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Mavis vol­un­teers with the Glen­garry High­land Games each year, and in 2015 as­sisted with the In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match that was held in Finch. She was also part of the com­mit­tee that in 2016 planned and hosted Maxville's mem­o­rable 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. As a proud grand­mother, Mavis al­ways makes time for her fam­ily, sup­port­ing her grand­sons Daw­son and Gra­ham at their hockey games and tour­na­ments. Mavis and Gordie are proud par­ents to daugh­ter Jul­lie and son Jaime. Mavis has shown that re­tire­ment does not nec­es­sar­ily mean slow­ing down. Her many con­tri­bu­tions and com­mit­ment to her com­mu­nity are to be com­mended as she is named North Glen­garry's Se­nior of the Year.

Elaine Oete­laar – 2016 Ded­i­ca­tion & Lead­er­ship Award: Ded­i­ca­tion and lead­er­ship are two words which per­fectly de­scribe Elaine Oete­laar’s pro­fes­sional life as well as her fam­ily and com­mu­nity life. This year, she cel­e­brates 40 years of ser­vice with Caisse pop­u­laire de la Val­lée. Her en­thu­si­asm for her work is still, after so many years, as strong as it was when she first started. With her three chil­dren be­ing very in­volved in sports, Elaine al­ways vol­un­teered to coach whether it was T- Ball, girls base­ball, soc­cer, hockey or sponge puck for chil­dren. Elaine was also in­volved with Alexan­dria Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, Alexan­dria Fig­ure Skat­ing Club, Alexan­dria Soc­cer League, Alexan­dria Women Base­ball League and T- Ball league.

Elaine was also a mem­ber of the Ju­bilee com­mit­tee for over ten years. Thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion and gen­eros­ity of peo­ple like Elaine, the Ju­bilee has raised thou­sands of dol­lars for the Glen­garry Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and other or­ga­ni­za­tions. She also re­peated the ex­pe­ri­ence with a Valen­tine Gala for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing. Elaine and a col­league at the Caisse have de­vel­oped the snow­suits pro­gram for chil­dren of the com­mu­nity. Since 2008, more than 300 chil­dren ben­e­fited from the joy of re­ceiv­ing a full snow­suit, of­ten the first new snow­suit ever worn.

She has ded­i­cated many hours of her own time, in the evening or week­ends to make sure all the fam­i­lies in need had re­ceived warm cloth­ing be­fore the win­ter.

Elaine is also in­volved with the Alexan­dria Cham­ber of Com­merce and has been very ac­tive in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the craft show, the trade show and the golf tour­na­ment. She is also part of Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry’s Board of Di­rec­tors. Her ex­pe­ri­ence and ded­i­ca­tion is an as­set to all groups she is a part of.

Barry Ben­ton - Life­time Achieve­ment Award: Barry Ben­ton has served as a fire­fighter for the Ap­ple Hill Fire Depart­ment for 40 years and is held in the high­est es­teem by his fel­low fire­fight­ers as Deputy Chief. A mile­stone that very few achieve. He is al­ways the first to do­nate his time for any ac­tiv­i­ties or du­ties on the fire depart­ment and his knowl­edge is in­valu­able to the sta­tion and North Glen­garry as a whole.

In the com­mu­nity, Barry has vol­un­teered for al­most every ac­tiv­ity in the Ap­ple Hill area. He has been in­volved in the Ap­ple Hill Re­cre­ation So­ci­ety and also in the run­ning, main­tain­ing and fundrais­ing for the Ap­ple Hill Med­i­cal Cen­tre. Barry has also been in­volved in lo­cal sport ac­tiv­i­ties and helps raise funds for un­for­tu­nate peo­ple, or­ga­nizes events for the kids, par­ents and for the past 30 years has played the role of Santa Claus. He not only par­tic­i­pates in com­mu­nity events but he also does un­told per­sonal favours for area peo­ple such as clear­ing snow in the win­ter and cut­ting grass dur­ing the summer. It is peo­ple like Barry who change a place to live into a com­mu­nity.

Fire­fight­ers de­fine courage. There are not many vol­un­teer groups who are ex­pected to be on call 24/7, leave their job at a mo­ments no­tice and plac­ing them­selves in harm’s way. We all take for granted the time and ef­fort that goes into the hun­dreds of hours of train­ing that these men and women put forth, all the din­ners they miss or the time away from their fam­ily be­cause of their ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing oth­ers.

War­ren & Trudy MacIn­tosh - 2016 Ex­cel­lence in Agri­cul­ture Award: War­ren and Trudy MacIn­tosh, along with their four daugh­ters aged 10- 23, have worked shoul­der to shoul­der in mak­ing Glen­garry Stock Farm the im­por­tant and suc­cess­ful farm it is to­day. They are mod­est in their ac­com­plish­ments, but proud to be fol­low­ing the work ethics of their par­ents, and mov­ing ahead with the fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in Agri­cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly Hol­steins.

Both War­ren and Trudy are well re­spected in the Glen­garry farm com­mu­nity. Both worked to­gether en­larg­ing and im­prov­ing the farm, and are still do­ing so with a new 45 acres be­ing cleared and added. For the past four years they have hosted nu­mer­ous open house days, meet­ings and bar­be­cues and other Hol­stein events mak­ing them lead­ers in the Hol­stein com­mu­nity. War­ren has trav­elled ex­ten­sively, world­wide, with Se­mex and has gained for­mi­da­ble ex­pe­ri­ences in visit­ing for­eign coun­tries. He also be­came part of Glen­garry Stock Farms Inc from the day he was born to Robert and Carol Lee MacIn­tosh. He started a breed­ing pro­gram at 13 years of age in 1978. He is also an en­thu­si­as­tic 4-H mem­ber and grad­u­ated from KAS in 1987.

Trudy is also an en­thu­si­as­tic 4H mem­ber in Car­leton Co. and grad­u­ated from KAS in 1991. She worked at the Ot­tawa Ex­per­i­men­tal Farm from grad­u­a­tion un­til mar­ry­ing War­ren in 1992. They are life mem­bers of Maxville United Church, on the Glen­garry Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee, con­trib­u­tors to Maxville Fair vol­un­teers and are both very ac­tive in all lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties con­nect to Hol­stein cat­tle.

Please note the 2016 Busi­ness & Com­mu­nity Awards Gala will be held on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29, 2016 at 6 p. m. at the Glen­garry Sports Palace. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for $40 each by con­tact­ing [email protected]­glen­garry.ca.

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