Wil­liamstown vol­un­teer wins Cit­i­zen of the Year

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

Mary Re­gan is South Glen­garry’s Cit­i­zen of the Year. The past pres­i­dent of the Wil­liamstown Green Thumbs Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety was rec­og­nized on Satur­day at the 13th an­nual Com­mu­nity and Busi­ness Awards Gala held up­stairs in Tar­tan Hall at the Char-Lan Recreation Cen­tre

Mrs. Re­gan, who re­ceived a St. Lawrence Val­ley Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (SLVAS) Agri­cul­tural Merit Award in 2017, is an en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teer in many Wil­liamstown beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects and a great sup­porter of the Wil­liamstown Fair where she can of­ten be seen work­ing to keep the grounds beau­ti­ful. She is a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the Royal Canadian Le­gion Branch 544 in Lan­caster hav­ing served for four years as a Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Of­fi­cer with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ger­many, sits on the board of di­rec­tors with the Glen­garry Nor’Westers and Loy­al­ist Mu­seum, and co-chairs St. Mary's Guild, along with many other vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity.

The evening’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies was for­mer South Glen­garry coun­cil­lor Joyce Grav­elle who knew just about every face in the room of 150 and en­gaged the au­di­ence with her hu­mour and fa­cil­i­ta­tion skills.

Char-Lan Dis­trict High School se­nior stu­dent Keean McDonell of Wil­liamstown re­ceived the Youth Merit Award and was in­tro­duced as an in­tel­li­gent, con­sci­en­tious and hard­work­ing stu­dent whose aca­demic ex­cel­lence is rounded out by his in­volve­ment in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Keean’s vol­un­teerism in­cludes his work over the past two years at two South Glen­garry se­niors’ res­i­dences help­ing or­ga­nize ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial­iz­ing with the clients as well as work­ing in the kitchens. He is also in­volved with the vol­un­teer group Friends of the Sum­mer­stown Trails.

Busi­ness of the Year was pre­sented to third gen­er­a­tion own­ers, Yves and Nancy Struthers of Roger’s Ma­rina.

The Struthers bought the ma­rina from Yves’ fa­ther in 2010, be­gin­ning a pe­riod of in­tense im­prove­ments that in­cluded new docks and an up­grade to ac­com­mo­date larger boats, and this year cul­mi­nat­ing in the con­struc­tion of a new two-storey shop and sales fa­cil­ity. The Struthers spon­sor their lo­cal ju­nior hockey team and sup­port other lo­cal com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.

The Oeg­gerli fam­ily from Bainsville, Heidi Farms, was named win­ner of the Ex­cel­lence in Agri­cul­ture Award on the heels of be­ing rec­og­nized as On­tario’s top herd based on the 2018 Herd Man­age­ment Score re­sults. “You only get to the top of the list by do­ing well in all ar­eas, and there are no short­cuts,” says Richard Cantin, Man­ager of Mar­ket­ing and Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment at CanWest DHI.

Heidi Farms Inc. is owned by Paul Sr. and his wife Heidi who em­i­grated from Switzerlan­d in 1969, and sons Paul and Wal­ter Oeg­gerli. The orig­i­nal farm was 250 acres and 110 cows, ex­pand­ing over the years to its present 300 dairy cows and 1,200 acres.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the en­tire Oeg­gerli fam­ily for putting South Glen­garry on the map!” said MC Joyce Gravel in in­tro­duc­ing the fam­ily to the stage.

The Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award went to the vol­un­teer Mart­in­town Mill Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, the reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that has breathed new life into the mill in re­cent years.

“The mill ex­em­pli­fies com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and well-be­ing for the res­i­dents of South Glen­garry by pro­vid­ing safe events for the en­tire fam­ily,” an­nounced Ms. Grav­elle. “The care and ded­i­ca­tion given by this vol­un­teer group has turned the old mill into a sus­tain­able tourist attraction and com­mu­nity cen­tre.”

En­trepreneur of the Year went to Sheila Ce­cereau from About Tyme, the com­pany that of­fers nu­tri­tious take-out home­made meals from their lo­ca­tion in Epicerie Hen­der­son’s Gro­cery in Lan­caster. About Tyme was founded in 2013, first as a home-de­liv­ery ser­vice that has since built a le­gion of loyal ap­pre­cia­tive clients and em­ploys two staff.

”Since its in­cep­tion, About Tyme has been deeply com­mit­ted to the bet­ter­ment of the res­i­dents of South Glen­garry through health and nutri­tion,” said Ms. Grav­elle in her in­tro­duc­tion.

Three South Glen­garry busi­nesses were awarded Spe­cial Busi­ness Awards in recog­ni­tion of their time in busi­ness and sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the eco­nomic health of the com­mu­nity, sound or in­no­va­tive busi­ness prac­tices, and com­mu­nity ser­vice and cus­tomer ser­vice

Rob McIntosh was pre­sented with a Spe­cial Busi­ness Achieve­ment award in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the store’s 40 years in busi­ness, and South Branch Garage, the au­to­mo­tive re­pair shop started in 1979 by Ky­er­son and Dar­lene Kyer and since 2003 owned by their son Byran Kyer, also re­ceived the award in recog­ni­tion of 40 years in busi­ness.

The third Busi­ness of the Year award was pre­sented to afore­men­tioned Yves and Nancy Struthers of Roger’s Ma­rina cel­e­brat­ing 65 years in busi­ness.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHO­TOS

SG AWARDS: 1. Trevor McDon­ald presents Sheila Ce­cereau, founder and owner of About Tyme, with South Glen­garry's En­trepreneur of the Year award. 2. Char-Lan stu­dent Keean McDonell is pre­sented with the South Glen­garry Youth Merit Award by Si­grun Schroeter from Glen­garry In­ter-Agency Group Agency. 3. Fran Rob­bers, right, rep­re­sent­ing spon­sor Ro­zon In­surance, presents Nancy and Yves Struthers of Roger’s Ma­rina on County Road 2 in South Glen­garry with the South Glen­garry Busi­ness of the Year. 4. Wal­ter Oeg­gerli, his fa­ther Paul Sr., and broth­ers Michel and David of Heidi Farms in Bainsville were pre­sented with South Glen­garry's 2019 Ex­cel­lence in Agri­cul­ture Award. 5. Don­ald Thom­son (a de­scen­dant of Mart­in­town Grist Mill builder Alexan­der McMartin), Lois Cun­ning­ham Brooks and John Smith, vol­un­teers rep­re­sent­ing the Mart­in­town Mill Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, ac­cept the 2019 South Glen­garry Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award.

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