With very modest editing, the following is the preface and descriptions of honorees for the 2010 Mayor's Honour List, to be formally presented to recipients at a reception on Feb. 10, 2011.
The Mayor's Honour List was established by the late Mayor Marceil Saddy in 1981 to honour citizens and groups in the community or surrounding area who have been instrumental in improving the quality of life or making a significant contribution to the City of Sarnia and Lambton County.
The list, as always, is a highly personal list, based on my own observations throughout the year in the community, nominations from citizens and media stories.
The list is a tribute to the unsung people and groups in the community who make a difference in trying to create a good and just community and society. It is living proof that individual citizens and groups can make a difference.
Mayor Mike Bradley
The 2010 Mayor's Honour List includes:
Wilma is a member of the Community Living Sarnia-Lambton Board and is the leader of a provincial-wide organization—"The Real People Campaign"—created by parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Parents who with their children have spent years on waiting lists to receive support and services with little advance or benefit. The parents feel like numbers, insignificant names on a list that has no personal meaning to the funding powers and government at Queen's Park. The Real People Campaign was started to share their stories and help government and community understand the complex challenges of raising and living with a child with a disability.
In June Theresa ran 100km with a goal of raising awareness and $100,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Before she left London she had already surpassed her goal with $137,000 collected. It was the first time she had ever covered that long of a distance in a single run. Theresa, a breast-cancer survivor, said her mission through "Onerun" was to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research—possibly ending this disease so her daughters, nieces and friends will not have to endure it. "I want to teach my children and others that one person can make a difference."
After 11 years in retirement from the NHL Dino received the call that he had been selected into the Hockey Hall of Fame and on November 8 he became the first Sarnia native to be inducted. In his 19 years in the NHL, Dino scored 608 goals and played for teams in Minnesota, Washington, Detroit, and Florida. Today Dino is a co-owner of the Sarnia Sting.
Nicole, who grew up in Camlachie, is a former model and now a filmmaker. Her experience in modelling led to a new career in working to help girls build their self-esteem. Now living in Los Angeles, she has spent four years speaking with teachers, parents, psychologists, body image experts and coaches and editors of fashion magazines and interviewing young girls, including several from Sarnia. That work resulted in the film "Cover Girl Culture" which outlines how the worlds of fashion, modelling, advertising and celebrity impact teenagers and young women.
Last year Jean was the recipient of the Ontario 2009 Council of Federation Literacy Award by the Premier of Ontario. Her long commitment to teaching others to read began when she taught at Lakeroad School and then became involved in the English as a Second Language Programme with the local school board. She was the first at Aamjiwnaang to teach adult literacy and the first literacy teacher at the Sarnia jail. When the Organization for Literacy was founded in Sarnia Lambton in 1989 Jean became involved, later becoming the Executive Director in 1998 until her retirement in 2008.
Luc is a passionate, caring youth who two years ago, at age 15, was the leader and inspiration behind the development of the Seaway Kiwanis BMX bike track that was built in Canatara Park. Luc was the voice of young people in Sarnia and area who wanted a positive and meaningful way to be physically active in this community. Today the BMX bike track is a very popular destination and attraction for Sarnia and area children and youth … thanks to Luc.
Mr. Eyre has been a part of the musical community in Sarnia for many years in various capacities and one of his most benevolent acts has been his involvement with the Jack Kennedy's Christmas Carol Sing-Along. For 30 years Ken has directed the sing-along and made the evening so enjoyable–30 years of his time given selflessly is quite an accomplishment. He has the gift with people to have them participate, whether it be little children right on up to the senior citizens. He made it an enjoyable evening that gave everyone attending such a Christmas spirit.
Kerry, born and raised in Sarnia, was selected to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association "All-Time OMHA Great Team" in 2009. At the end of the 2009/2010 NHL Hockey season, Kerry retired after 30 years as a NHL referee. In 2010 Kerry authored "The Final Call," an autobiography relating some of the memories from throughout his career. Voted by a poll of NHL players in 2005 as "the most consistent referee" by a wide margin is a testimony to how highly the players regarded Kerry's officiating.
Kidney Foundation Of Sarnia-Lambton
The year 2010 marks the 25thAnniversary of the Sarnia Lambton Chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. The Sarnia Chapter provides organ donor awareness, public education, special summer camps for children and their families, patient social activities and a transportation program from Sarnia to London for dialysis treatments. Many fundraising events have been held in Sarnia over the years, which have been well-attended and successful in raising the funds to provide patient services to kidney patients in Lambton County. The Sarnia-Lambton Chapter has received many accolades from the National Office because of the great work done in the local Chapter including "Highest Per Capita Award' for donations during the March Fundraising Drive.
Mr. Larocque has been an active volunteer for many years on the Lambton Seniors' Association. He was one of the writers of the proposal for the development of the West Lambton Health Centre and the Rapids Family Health Team. Jim is a tireless advocate for people's access to healthcare and continues his volunteer work with the community through the Rapids Family Health Team.
Marie began her volunteerism over 30 years ago with a number of organizations including The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Canadian Cancer Society, Sarnia Organ Donor Awareness and The Terry Fox Run. She has served on the Board of Community Legal Assistance and Chaired the Rosedale School Parent Council for a number of years. She has worked tirelessly in efforts to battle poverty for over 20 years with her work with The Inn of the Good Shepherd. She was instrumental in the development of the County of Lambton's Homeless Plan and through her advocacy in this area she has dramatically improved the quality of life for the marginalized in this community.
Major Robert McKerracher
Major McKerracher, at 84 years of age, has spent the majority of his life helping people through his many years as a Pastor, working in public relations, as a Salvation Army Suicide Prevention Officer and as a hospital Chaplain. He continues his work of meeting and helping people through his dedication in collecting donations for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. Ten years ago Major McKerracher began manning the Salvation Army's Christmas kettles, spending a few hours each day leading up to Christmas. Health issues earlier in 2010 forced him to limit his volunteer time but it has not stopped him from helping others. After 65 years in the ministry he has lived in many places across Canada and met many people but says he has never met so many friendly people as there are in Sarnia and they are generous, too.
Mr. O'Driscoli has been the driving force behind the Bill Cannon Memorial Golf Tournament for over 25 years during which time over $750,000 has been raised for cancer research. In 2009 Joe retired as tournament co-ordinator. However, his dedication to fundraising continues as he now works with the St. Joseph's Hospice Committee for the Bill Cannon Memorial Golf Tournament. In 2010 the tournament raised over $35,000 for the Hospice. Mr. O'Driscoll is being honoured for his year-round dedication to cancer research and now to St. Joseph's Hospice.
Georgette is an amazing and committed volunteer of the Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton. From her first day on the Board in 1997 she brought with her an incredible surge of positive energy, dedication and tenacity. Georgette worked long hours to make the Footsteps Path become a reality, helping so the participants could make their stone the actual construction of the path and "guarding" the path over many nights while the concrete dried. She has been and continues to be a strong force in fundraising efforts for the Centre and continues to look for new ideas and ways to support the centre to bring in the much-neededfundraising dollars. The Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton and survivors in our community are privileged to have such a strong, committed and genuinely caring volunteer board president working toward ending violence against women.
Christine is the founder of the Lambton County Student Wellness Committee–a committee she formed to try to better the lives of children and youth across the region and this country. She has belonged to numerous committees including being a director of the board for Physical and Health Education Canada; Bluewater Trails Committee (founding member); St. Clair River Trails Committee; Community Active Living Lambton (founding member). Christine is a vibrant and caring person who has mentored and inspired many young people.
Rev. Robert Roe
Rev. Roe, Youth Minister at Trinity Anglican Church, is very involved in making his community a better place to live through his volunteer work on the Sarnia Transit Accessibility Committee, Sarnia Youth Friendly Committee and the former Youth Actions Centre Committee. He is also a member of the Dow Community Round Table and the Dow Community Advisory Panel. In all the committees on which he serves he brings a warm generosity of spirit and values and his personal style enhances the working of the committee. He also works very hard with Sarnia youth, trying desperately to keep young people off the streets. He holds youth groups where approximately 100 young people attend and take part in movies, hockey games, bowling and other winter events and in the summer months there are outdoor activities at Bluewater Fun Park, tubing down the St. Clair, beach activities and trips to Canada's Wonderland. Rev. Roe uses the values that he espouses in his professional work giving back greatly to the rest of the community.
Sarnia Concert Association
The year 2010 marks the 75thseason of the Sarnia Concert Association. For 75 years the Association has provided world-class artists at a reasonable cost to the people of Sarnia and area. In 1935, interested citizens formed the Sarnia Concert and Drama Association and its first year, three plays and three concerts were performed. The membership fee was $3.00 and more than 766 people from a population of 18,000 signed-up. Because of the success the Association continued on under the new name of Sarnia Music and Drama Association and in 1940 the name Sarnia Concert Association first appeared. Today the organization is operated by volunteers who spend many hours researching and arranging for the presentation of these concerts.
Five years ago, Ryan Wilson's aunt, Tracy Burns, passed away from cancer. That year Ryan sold golf balls which he found while playing at the St. Clair Parkway Golf Course and he donated one-half of the money to the Cancer Society in her memory. The next year, in addition to donating golf ball money he began the Ryan Wilson's Golf for Cancer Tournament. Ninety-six golfers participated, raising $4,000. Ryan, now a 16-year-old grade 11 honour student at CClTs, has passionately continued his tournament in June each year, raising $27,500 to date.