honoured – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Local woman honoured with memorial scholarship http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-woman-honoured-with-memorial-scholarship/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-woman-honoured-with-memorial-scholarship/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:56:28 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12015 Last week, a small-town country girl was remembered for her love of teaching and mathematics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dr. Catherine Stanley grew up in a working-class family in North Grenville. Born in England, she emigrated to Canada at a young age with her parents, Ted and Margaret Stanley, and two sisters, […]

The post Local woman honoured with memorial scholarship appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Last week, a small-town country girl was remembered for her love of teaching and mathematics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dr. Catherine Stanley grew up in a working-class family in North Grenville. Born in England, she emigrated to Canada at a young age with her parents, Ted and Margaret Stanley, and two sisters, Helen and Liz. Her parents were farmers and, after moving around Ontario working on various farms for a few years, they finally settled in North Grenville in 1976 and worked for the Sommerville family, managing their dairy farm. “It was a quiet life,” Catherine’s sister, Helen Vokey, remembers. “We just went to school and helped out on the farm.”

Catherine was always drawn to mathematics, earning top marks and praise from her teachers as early as Grade One. Throughout her time at North Grenville District High School she took part in many math competitions, where she always ranked with the top contestants. She also took part in a year-long Rotary exchange in Australia, where she attended Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School and was awarded the Australian Mathematics Competition Award of Distinction in Mathematics. Catherine continued her education at the University of Toronto, where she earned undergraduate, Masters and PhD Degrees in mathematics.

Catherine met her soulmate, Hans Albarda, while studying at UofT. “A friend introduced us,” Hans remembers fondly. “I was a professor at Georgian College in Owen Sound and Barrie.” They had two girls and, after a vacation to Nova Scotia, decided to move out there for the serenity of the coast. Together they built their solar-powered, off-grid home just outside of Wolfville, the town most prized for housing Acadia University. “I’ve lived off the grid since 1971,” Hans says. “Catherine thought that was pretty cool.”

It was a fateful move out east, as Catherine stumbled upon the opportunity to teach at Acadia University while taking a walk through the grounds on a sunny afternoon. She stopped to watch an active group of birds, and a stranger appeared beside her to tell her about the falcon the University had recently purchased to stifle the growing pigeon population. “The stranger turned out to be one of Acadia’s math profs,” Hans says. After their meeting, she was hired to teach mathematics and statistics courses at the university, a position she enjoyed for thirteen years. “She loved sharing her love of math with the students,” says her colleague in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, Richard Karsten. “She was able to relate to the students even if they weren’t mathematically inclined.”

Hans says Catherine loved math for its purity. “She could find the absolute truth that no one could deny.” As an artist who always worked in shades of grey, he says he loved and respected her for it. “We were an interesting and good match,” he says.

At the age of 45, Catherine was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. A diagnosis she lived with for six years, until she died in May, 2016. For those who knew her, Catherine has left behind a legacy of love for her family, her students, and mathematics. To honour her memory, friends, family and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Acadia University came together to offer the Catherine Stanley Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student who has demonstrated joy and enthusiasm in learning and teaching mathematics and statistics.

Two students at Acadia received the scholarship, one for 2017 and one for 2018. Fourth-year student, Kirsten Ernst, and Masters student, Alice Lacaze-Masmonteil, were each presented with the $2,000 scholarship by Catherine’s two daughters, Alice and Janna Albarda, at a ceremony last Thursday. “The ceremony was excellent,” Richard said. “It was really nice to be able to do something for her.”

Richard says the biggest thing that Catherine brought to the department was her joy of life. “She enjoyed her life and job, and reminded us that math was supposed to be fun,” he remembers. “You went away a happier person after talking to her.”

Although it ended too early, Catherine’s is a true success story for North Grenville. A first-generation university graduate, Catherine surpassed all expectations and became a mentor for her students and a friend to everyone who knew her. In her own words: “Teaching math at Acadia University was a career I never planned, but I found great joy in teaching. I loved my students. All of them. From first year Intro Stats, to third year Number Theory. Thank you all for the honour of working with you.”

Loved by family, friends, colleagues and students, Catherine’s love of math, and everyone in her life, will never be forgotten and will be immortalized by the scholarship in her name for years to come. “She always wanted to help students and now she still can,” Hans says.

The post Local woman honoured with memorial scholarship appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-woman-honoured-with-memorial-scholarship/feed/ 0
Local Scouter being honoured http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-scouter-honoured/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-scouter-honoured/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:48:32 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11635 A local Scouter has been honoured by the organization for his dedication to scouting. Darrell Nunn was awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn, one of the highest Outstanding Service Awards in scouting, given to recognise “continued, especially distinguished service to Scouting”. Darrell has been involved with the Scouts since he became one as a […]

The post Local Scouter being honoured appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
A local Scouter has been honoured by the organization for his dedication to scouting. Darrell Nunn was awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn, one of the highest Outstanding Service Awards in scouting, given to recognise “continued, especially distinguished service to Scouting”. Darrell has been involved with the Scouts since he became one as a boy in 1950. Growing up in Toronto, he credits the Scouts for his love of camping, canoeing, and the great outdoors.

As a drama teacher, Darrell has lived all over Ontario and abroad, yet he has always kept some sort of a connection with the Scouts. He moved to North Grenville two years ago, after living in Ottawa, and became involved with the 1st Kemptville Scouts. He has also kept up with his group in Ottawa, which he had a hard time leaving behind. “When you have been involved with a group, it’s hard to walk away,” he says, with clear passion in his eyes.

Not only has Darrell been a Scouter (leader) for 35 years, he has also brought many exciting events and programs to the groups in Ottawa and Kemptville. In 2012, he initiated the Amazing Race Transit Day in Ottawa, where the kids go on a scavenger hunt around the city, while learning how to use public transit. Last year, the Kemptville group got involved and Darrell says they loved it. “The adults sometimes get nervous about it,” he says chuckling a bit to himself. “But all the kids have cell phones and we haven’t lost anyone yet.”

In 2016, Darrell took a group of Scouts to an international scouting event in Scotland, where they spent ten days doing various scouting activities based out of a Scottish castle, and five days in a homestay, where they were able to see what everyday life is like in Scotland. He is taking a second group to the same event in July of this year, including his son and grandson, who are also heavily involved in the Scouts. “It will be a multi-generational trip,” he says, smiling.

Last year, Darrell also helped organize an exchange program with the Scouting group in Newfoundland. Thirty scouts and scouters went each way to stay with their exchange partners for eight days. When the Newfoundland group was visiting, all 60 of them went on a canoe trip, with a total of 25 canoes floating down the Rideau Canal. “We filled the locks,” he remembers.

It is because of Darrell’s length of service, and clear dedication to the organization, that he was recognized with the “Bar to the Silver Acorn” at the end of last year. He received the “Silver Acorn” for his service in 1995. Darrell is also one of the few people in the scouting community who has both Canada’s centenary (1967) and sesquicentenary (2017) badges on his uniform.

It is clear from Darrell’s enthusiasm that he truly loves what he does. Not only does he have a passion for the great outdoors, he also finds helping kids to learn valuable skills and build their confidence very rewarding. He sees great benefit in treating young people like adults and giving them the opportunity to figure things out for themselves. “It’s also about learning to work with people and building friendships,” he says. “I love when you overhear a youth saying that they really enjoy it.”

The post Local Scouter being honoured appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-scouter-honoured/feed/ 1
Neon Night Kemptville honoured with award http://www.ngtimes.ca/neon-night-kemptville-honoured-award/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/neon-night-kemptville-honoured-award/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:42:43 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10855 The Neon Night Fun Run Committee has been honoured by the Canadian Cancer Society for their fundraising efforts. On Monday, January 29, the Canadian Cancer Society held their Annual Appreciation Event for Volunteers and Supporters. Members of the Neon Night Fun Run Committee of North Grenville were on site to receive the award celebrating their […]

The post Neon Night Kemptville honoured with award appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
The Neon Night Fun Run Committee has been honoured by the Canadian Cancer Society for their fundraising efforts. On Monday, January 29, the Canadian Cancer Society held their Annual Appreciation Event for Volunteers and Supporters. Members of the Neon Night Fun Run Committee of North Grenville were on site to receive the award celebrating their impact in Community Fundraising.

This community-level award recognizes individuals or groups that initiate or champion a fundraising event that provides a significant financial contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society. The award also recognizes that these groups or individuals can serve as a model for other organizers.

Brenda Burich, Chair of Neon Night, said, “It was an honour for some of our Neon Night Committee members to be able to be in attendance to accept our award. Thanks to the support of our community and surrounding area, we are able to continue to organize this event and raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research.”

The committee is already hard at work organizing the 5th annual Neon Night Fun Run. It’s set for Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Riverside Park in Kemptville. The website for the event launches on March 1 at www.cancer.ca/neonnightkemptville. This will allow people to register teams and raise funds online.

Neon Night is a 2K/5K fun run that takes place at night, with participants wearing their best neon gear and enjoying all of the pre-party fun. This Canadian Cancer Society initiative raises funds for Childhood Cancer Research. If you would like more information on joining the committee, registering for the event, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Christina Thompson at cthompson@ontario.cancer.ca or at 613-723-1744 ext 3620.

The post Neon Night Kemptville honoured with award appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/neon-night-kemptville-honoured-award/feed/ 0
Local citizens honoured in the Senate http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-citizens-honoured-senate/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-citizens-honoured-senate/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:54:04 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10339 Two of North Grenville’s most illustrious residents were honoured by the presentation of the Senate of Canada’s 150th Anniversary Medal recently. Gerald Tallman and Dr. Bernie Brennan have been vital members of the North Grenville community all of their lives, and this honour is well-merited. The recipients were nominated by Bob Runciman, retired Senator, and […]

The post Local citizens honoured in the Senate appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Two of North Grenville’s most illustrious residents were honoured by the presentation of the Senate of Canada’s 150th Anniversary Medal recently. Gerald Tallman and Dr. Bernie Brennan have been vital members of the North Grenville community all of their lives, and this honour is well-merited. The recipients were nominated by Bob Runciman, retired Senator, and were presented with their awards by Senator Nancy Green.

According to the official statement by the Senate: “The Senate 150th Anniversary Medal celebrates the achievements of Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their community and commemorates the first sitting of the Canadian Senate on November 9, 1867″.

This sums up the careers of both of these gentlemen. Dr. Bernie Brennan has had
an amazing career. Raised and educated in Kemptville, he had an incredibly successful athletic record, and is an inductee in not less than three Sports Halls of Fame. As a hockey player, he won cups and was player of the year in High School and University. He was on the Grey Cup-winning Ottawa Rough Rider team in 1951, and played for the team while working as a vet in Kemptville. He managed to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College, almost without interrupting his athletic career.

Since retiring from active professional sports in 1951, Bernie has accomplished more than most do in their lifetimes. He went to Saskatchewan in 1952 with the Canadian Department of Agriculture, fighting the hoof and mouth out break. In Illinois in 1952 and 1953 he was a state veterinarian. He opened a large animal clinic in South Mountain in 1953. He worked at Cornell University between 1953 to 1955. Back to Ottawa in 1956, Dr. Brennan opened a small animal vet clinic in Ottawa South. This developed into the Alta Vista Animal Hospital, the largest veterinary practice in Canada.

He has also been Commissioner for the Ontario Provincial Racing Commission, 2002 – 2009; Track Veterinarian from 1955 – 1962; shareholder, Director, and Board member of the Rideau Carleton Raceway. He has volunteered his time coaching high school football and hockey teams in Ottawa, raised funds for clean drinking water in African countries, and advocated for the anti-whipping rule in horse-racing events, now the rule throughout Ontario.

Gerald Tallman is a selfmade entrepreneur who started from humble beginnings but quickly rose to become sole owner of the Kemptville Truck Centre. Today his award-winning company, Tallman Group, is the largest private sector employer and job creator in North Grenville. The company has locations throughout the province and employs more than 500 people, making them the largest international truck dealer in Canada. Gerald is known for sharing his success with his neighbours through job creation and his support of numerous community events and services.

Gerald Tallman has been a gift to our community for many, many years. His generosity and commitment to his community has brought tremendous benefits to the economic, and, most importantly perhaps, the social development of North Grenville. From his early days at a gas station at Rideau and Sanders, Gerald has been part of the Kemptville scene, becoming probably the most successful entrepreneur this area has ever known. The Tallman Group was awarded the 2015 International Trucks North American dealership of the year, and Gerald received the International Trucks Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.

The prestigious award is presented to those dealers whose “consistent record of achievement and humanity throughout the course of their career has clearly provided a role model of excellence while enriching the value of the International brand among their customers and communities”. Gerry Tallman has kept his Group based in Kemptville, because, as he once said: “This town has been good to me”. Given the fact that Gerald Tallman is almost always the first person good causes look to for support, we can safely say that he has been good to North Grenville.

Congratulations to two great men: your community is proud of you, grateful to you, and celebrates this honour you have received.

The post Local citizens honoured in the Senate appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-citizens-honoured-senate/feed/ 0
Gerald Tallman honoured with Leadership Award http://www.ngtimes.ca/gerald-tallman-honoured-leadership-award/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/gerald-tallman-honoured-leadership-award/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:29:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9800 For the first time since its introduction, the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award is going to not one, but all three outstanding nominees. The winners of the 2017 Award recognizing leadership in building Leeds Grenville’s economy are Wendy Banks, creator of Wendy’s Country Market, Heather Howard, owner of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and […]

The post Gerald Tallman honoured with Leadership Award appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
For the first time since its introduction, the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award is going to not one, but all three outstanding nominees. The winners of the 2017 Award recognizing leadership in building Leeds Grenville’s economy are Wendy Banks, creator of Wendy’s Country Market, Heather Howard, owner of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and Gerald Tallman, founder and chair of the Tallman Group.

Warden Robin Jones presented three awards at the ninth annual United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Summit in Kemptville. The event was a sell-out. Warden Jones was assisted by Bill’s widow, Marlene Thake, and Glenn Allen, the inaugural award recipient.

“This is definitely a moment to remember – three impressive community leaders being recognized for making this region a better place to work and live,” said Warden Jones.
“We are proud to honour individuals who have made major contributions to their respective communities and to Leeds Grenville overall,” she said.

Gerald Tallman, from the Municipality of North Grenville, is a self-made entrepreneur who started from humble beginnings but quickly rose to become sole owner of the Kemptville Truck Centre. Today his award-winning company, Tallman Group, is the largest private sector employer and job creator in North Grenville. The company has locations throughout the province and employs more than 500 people, making them the largest international truck dealer in Canada. Gerald is known for sharing his success with his neighbours through job creation and his support of numerous community events and services.

The other winners of the Award were Wendy Banks, from the Township of Rideau Lakes and Heather Howard, from the Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands. Over the past seven years, 30 deserving women and men have been nominated and 10 have received the award. Past recipients include Glenn Allen, of Westport; Jean Jacque Rousseau, Municipality of North Grenville; joint 2013 winners Don Ross, of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, and Don Munz of North Grenville; Richard Dumbrille, Township of Augusta; George Tackaberry, Township of Athens; and Robert Noseworthy of North Grenville.

The summit attracted over 200 business operators, not-for-profit organizations and government representatives from Leeds Grenville and neighbouring regions. It was hosted by the Counties Economic Development Department in partnership with Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville, 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville, the 1000 Islands, Valley Heartland and Grenville Community Futures Development Corporations, and the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board.

The post Gerald Tallman honoured with Leadership Award appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/gerald-tallman-honoured-leadership-award/feed/ 0
NGDHS teacher honoured at Trustee Innovation Awards http://www.ngtimes.ca/ngdhs-teacher-honoured-trustee-innovation-awards/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ngdhs-teacher-honoured-trustee-innovation-awards/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:38:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8697 Christopher Stewart, a former teacher at North Grenville District High School, was awarded a Trustee Innovation Award by the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) last week. The Board hosted the 2017 UCDSB Trustee Innovation Awards at its main office in Brockville. The annual award ceremony was first announced in November 2012 to recognize staff […]

The post NGDHS teacher honoured at Trustee Innovation Awards appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
Christopher Stewart, a former teacher at North Grenville District High School, was awarded a Trustee Innovation Award by the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) last week. The Board hosted the 2017 UCDSB Trustee Innovation Awards at its main office in Brockville. The annual award ceremony was first announced in November 2012 to recognize staff for innovative teaching and work practices. The intent of this program is to recognize innovative practices, which can be shared and used to improve the way the Board delivers education and other services to students. The first awards were presented in September 2013.

Christopher Stewart, recognised by the Board as a Learning Partner, was recognized for his work while a teacher last year at North Grenville District High School (NGDHS). Chris is passionate about student achievement and his colleagues’ professional growth. While at NGDHS, Chris created a safe learning environment in his classroom that fostered collaboration for students and staff. Desks were arranged in groups of three or four and home-made whiteboards were mounted along the perimeter of the room to serve as vertical working spaces for collaboration, as part of an emphasis on the inquiry process to discuss and solve math problems. He is a leader in flipped learning both in his classroom and through presentations he has made at teaching conferences. Chris also initiated a grassroots collaborative professional learning group at NGDHS. In this environment, teachers examined a number of topics to find ways to improve student understanding. Topics examined included the physical learning environment, student-engaged assessment, instructional strategies; technology in education; and growth mindset teaching and assessment.

The post NGDHS teacher honoured at Trustee Innovation Awards appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/ngdhs-teacher-honoured-trustee-innovation-awards/feed/ 0
Merrickville-Wolford resident honoured for service to community http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-resident-honoured-for-service-to-community/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-resident-honoured-for-service-to-community/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:21:34 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=3066 The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford presented Ken Janes with a special award at the council meeting last Monday for his service to the Community. For the past 25 years, Ken sat as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the zoning of properties in the Municipality, and the Committee of Adjustment, which […]

The post Merrickville-Wolford resident honoured for service to community appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford presented Ken Janes with a special award at the council meeting last Monday for his service to the Community.

For the past 25 years, Ken sat as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the zoning of properties in the Municipality, and the Committee of Adjustment, which looks at granting minor variances on site plan requirements.

“He sat as the chairperson of the committees for a number of years and he’s done an excellent job,” says Mayor David Nash. “We’re recognizing his long term commitment to the Municipality.”

Ken resigned from his position on the two committees last week because he and his wife are moving to Bath, Ontario, to be closer to family. “It’s a new adventure,” he says.
Being involved in his community has always been important for Ken. He moved to Merrickville-Wolford in 1988 and, after a couple years, he considered running for council, but decided it was too much of a commitment with a young family and full time job. “I still wanted to do something for my community,” he says. “I was fortunate enough to be accepted [onto the two committees] and I’ve been there ever since.” Ken’s community involvement did not end with the municipality’s committees. He was also an active member of the Merrickville United Church, sitting on two committees there too, and singing in the choir. “It’s been a lot of fun,” he says.

The post Merrickville-Wolford resident honoured for service to community appeared first on The North Grenville Times.

]]>
http://www.ngtimes.ca/merrickville-wolford-resident-honoured-for-service-to-community/feed/ 0