Heather Klazinga sings during the Jamm’n for George Fundraiser put on by the Wyoming firefighters – just one group recognized by Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper.
Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper is honouring some of the people who serve his community.
Napper began the tradition of hosting a Community Appreciation Luncheon a couple of years ago, providing lunch for a few of the many community members who give their time and service to their neighbours..
This year, Napper has chosen to highlight the contributions of 13 organizations and citizens including:
Haley and Murray Saunders: Haley, 9, and her father were at their cottage at Blue Point Bay when they saw a man in trouble on Lake Huron. They acted fast to save his life. The man was pulled ashore completely grey and exhausted and wouldn’t have lasted much longer in the water, says Napper. Thanks to the heroic actions of Haley and Murray, after extensive tests in the hospital, the man has made a full recovery.
Rob Stewardson: a resident of Camlachie with a young family, saw a need in the community for an outdoor rink. He gathered his friends together and along with the help from the Huron Shores Optimist, the Camlachie Fire Department and many businesses made it happen.
Library Building Committee: Through their hours of hard work and fund-raising, there is a modern library and museum in Camlachie for generations to enjoy. That committee included Bruce Moulton, Jack McEwen, Don Poland, Bob Woolvett, Steve Kelch, Netty McEwen, Leslie Palimaka.
Vera Lawlor : A dedicated volunteer with OBIOMA who raises funds for women in Nigeria to start their own business. She was a founding member of Peace Works and the Sarnia committee against the Traffic of Women & Children.
Mary Lou Goodacre: Goodacre has been involved with Rebound, reaching out in the county to help young people.
Norma Roddick-Preece: In recognition of her 20 years of volunteer work with 4H.
Wyoming Fire Department retirees Bill Davidson- 40 years of service, Clark Bain- 22 years of service and Adrian Tamminga for 17 years of service
John Sipkens: For 30 years of volunteering as a leader at Wyoming Christian Reformed Church’s Cadet Corp. “Under John’s leadership, the boys planted trees in our parks for all of us to enjoy for years to come,” says Napper.
Wyoming Fire Department: In recognition of the recent Jammin for George fundraiser. “Not only did they reach out and help their own firefighter but they also brought the entire community together including many organizations, businesses and residents for a great cause. It was a great example of the caring community we all enjoy,” says the mayor
Eric Corvers: “Eric could be the best described as that once in a lifetime teacher,” says Napper. During his time as a teacher at South Plympton School he involved his students in owning their own garden, hosting sushi parties for the Mayor and then making a video for YouTube. “Your efforts truly left an impact on the students you taught. “
Tearza and Taryn Daly: the mother and daughter organized the Great Shoreline Cleanup at Highland Glen.
Mary Lynne McCallum: In honour of her 14 years of service to Plympton-Wyoming and her dedication to the operation of the pool and parks.
Zantingh Direct: Recognized for their generosity in supplying pork products for many fund-raisers in Plympton-Wyoming.
Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 388 Wyoming Legion: In recognition of their years of volunteering to the community including Jean Gray- the last charter member with 65 years of service, Beth White- 62 years of service, Yvonne Bryson- 60 years of service, Eve McEwen- 55 years of service and Shirley Humphrey- 55 years of service.
Napper will host a luncheon to honour the group at the Camlachie Community Centre Feb. 1.
Everyone is welcome to attend. The cost is a donation to the Plympton- Wyoming Historical Society. Tickets are available in advance only, by calling Lonny at 226-307-0523, Erin at 519-845-3939, or Netty at 519 899-4030,