Announcing the Flamborough Senior Volunteer Award Nominees
Flamborough Connects is pleased to announce the four nominees for the 2022 Flamborough Senior Volunteer Award.
And the nominees are:
Lena Aggus is an important contributor to Food with Grace (eight years). Aggus has represented the organization in the community and has lead volunteer training and daily operation and has attended Feed Ontario conferences and built relationships beyond Food with Grace to share food security with St. Matthew’s House, Mission Services, Nourishing Neighbours, Six Nations, Migrant Workers and Flamborough Food Bank. She has also served on the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Hamilton Grant Review Team, the Waterdown Rotary Club and 100 Women Who Care Flamborough.
Rick Edwards has been a Food with Grace volunteer for seven years and is vital to multiple moving parts: food supply pickup, community donation boxes, and the annual turkey drive. Edwards serves the community on a global scale through his work with Habitat for Humanity (12 years). In 2010, he chaperoned a group of high school students to El Salvador and has continued to volunteer on numerous Global Village teams, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and India. Edwards will lead his own teams to Honduras and Hawaii in coming years.
Bob Lalonde has been a dedicated church elder with Knox Presbyterian Church for 47 years. In that role, he has co-ordinated the Tuesday Drop-In and the Church Breakfast by the Men for 20-plus years. Lalonde has worked with the Flamborough Heritage Society and Archives for 37 years and served as president on numerous occasions. He has been instrumental in creating booklets on local life and recreating a personal 1851 census for East Flamborough. Lalonde has been a scout leader with Scouts Canada in both Burlington and Waterdown for over 25 years and contributed a weekly Scouter News column in the Flamborough Review.
Robert Thomas has been a vital supporter of the Waterdown Legion for 13 years and has committed to veteran support by initiating the Waterdown Legion Riders — a motorcycle group that raises funds for veterans. He joined the Flamborough Archives in 2018 and focuses on researching people from the area who served in the First and Second World Wars. He recently assisted with the relocation of the Waterdown Museum of Hope to the legion. Thomas’ community work goes beyond Flamborough and includes the history committee of the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy at Camp Borden (30 years), and as a general volunteer with the Around the Bay Road Race (15-plus years).
The Flamborough Senior Volunteer Award will be presented on June 16 at the Flamborough Volunteer Appreciation event at West Avenue Cider House.
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