Williamstown volunteer wins Citizen of the Year
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.
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.