Apple Hill firefighter nabs lifetime achievement award
(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.