honoured – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:05:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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