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Feature Article - June 19, 2008

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Feature Article - June 19, 2008 South Frontenac Volunteer of the Year awards

Wayne Conway, Walter Freeman, Steve Amey

In a break with tradition, South Frontenac Council is celebrating three volunteers of the year for 2008 instread of four, and in keeping with the council's goal of breaking down the district barriers, the volunteers are no longer designated to the different districts. This year’s recipients were Walter Freeman, Wayne Conway, and Steve Amey.

STEVE AMEY: A lifelong Sydenham resident, Steve Amey has been a recreation and Canda Day committee volunteer for years, but he is best known for his role in the Sydenham baseball scene.

He has been involved in the maintenance of and improvements to the ball diamond at the Point, and for fourteen years he has given unconditionally to Sydenham minor softball. He has served as president, and has coached one or two girls' teams at a time.

During his years at Sydenham minor ball there have been up to 140 children playing in the league, a tribute to his commitment to the children and young adults of his home village.

WAYNE CONWAY: Anyone who has attended a public event in Verona over the last several years has met Wayne Conway. He was the guy parking cars, helping out at the gate, or whispering in someone’s ear to tell them where they should be going next.

A relative newcomer to the area, Wayne, along with his wife Judy, have been involved in a big way with the Verona Lions Club, of which he is currently president, and with the Verona Festival Committee, of which he is currently the manager.

These have not been quiet times for the Lions Club; Wayne has been called upon to oversee every aspect of a $150,000 hall renovation, and the Verona Festival is a premiere attraction in the region that has grown since since its inception 13 years ago. It is a completely volunteer run event. To keep a handle on all of the details of these two major roles is no easy task, expecially for a volunteer, but Wayne has managed to do it with enthusiasm.

Wayne is being celebrated for his ability, as a newcomer, to join the commuity and affect change for the better while respecting tradition.

WALTER FREEMAN: Walt Freeman is a third generation farmer in the Battersea area. He is active in his local church, of which he has been the organist and choir director for 16 years. He was also a member of the Rob Roy Pipe band for 19 years, and is being recognised for being available to provide musical entertainment for virtually any social function in the community for many years. He was also one of the founding organisers of the Battersea Pumpkin Festival.

Walt donates his time and talent to any worthy cause and does so humbly and without fanfare.

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