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Volunteers of the Year honoured in South Frontenac
The South Frontenac Volunteers of the Year for 2007 are an eclectic group, but they share a commitment to community, and their efforts have come to the attention of their neighbours.
Paul Wash – Loughborough – A resident of the Railton area since 1977, Paul Walsh and his wife Yvonne took a great interest in minor softball. Between 1980 and 1995, Paul had a role in every aspect of minor softball in the Sydenham area, from the T-ball all the way of to the Midget level. In that time, the number of teams in the area went from 8 to 18. His efforts were acknowledged when he received the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Outstanding Service Award in 1997.
Paul has also been involved in scouting, and has been a member of the South Frontenac Recreation and Sustainability Committees.
June Quinn – Bedford – June Quinn is being honoured for a project she initiated two years ago and has nurtured since then, the Bedford Historical Society.
Thanks to June’s efforts, the historical society now has a home, the Glendower Hall, a solid membership and a collection of papers, photographs and artefacts.
The greatest contribution June has made in establishing the society is that she has brought people together to talk proudly about their community, its people and its history.
June has done all this as a real team player, never really acknowledging her own work and dedication.
Dan Bell – Portland - Dan Bell has been the President of the Harrowsmith District Social and Athletic Club (a.k.a. the S&A club) for the past four years.
During his tenure he has brought some much needed physical improvements to the club, such as a parking lot expansion, improvements to the kitchen, and making the washrooms handicapped accessible.
He has also been instrumental in maintaining the social role the club plays in the community, take a strong role in the various activities of the club, from the baseball league to Canada Day Festivities, from Halloween Games Nights to Euchre parties and Youth Dances, Dan is always available to help.
Through his efforts and those of others, the S&A club continues to thrive.Jen Williams – Storrington – Although she is a single mother, Jen Williams has found the time to be a long - standing community volunteer. For 20 years, she has been dedicated to the sport of fastball. She has been found behind the plate or in the middle of the field allowing the phrase “play ball” to be heard in Storrington ball fields. For the past four years, she has also been President of the Inverary Youth Group.