Nine additions to Clearview Sports and Culture Hall of Fame
There were nine additions to the Culture and Sports Hall of Fame at the second annual award ceremony hosted by Clearview Township on June 25. Inductees are:
Athlete of the Year Award: Abigail Joost
For the past few years Abby Joost has been passionately involved with the sport of Trampoline and Tumbling, a discipline of Gymnastics. She has represented her sport in many competitions over the past year in Alberta and Quebec.
Abby has proven again and again to be a most outstanding ambassador for her club and community and the Province of Ontario and represents the very best of all three. Her dedication and positive outlook benefits not only herself but also her teammates.
Athlete Achievement Award: Lucas Jeffery
Lucas Jeffery has been an integral part of the Stayner Siskins team. He became an individual that other members of the team would often take notice of as being an irreplaceable presence on and off the ice for his teammates. Lucas’ strong desire to win for his community and ability to lead his teammates through anything will forever be something future captains will strive for.
Builder Award: Anne Hanna
Anne is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable curler who has curled for more the 56 years. Over the years Anne has worked hard to advance the sport of curling by teaching new curlers for more than 40 years. She has skipped for many ladies’ teams. Although she had won many awards, the highlight of her curling career was winning the Ontario Provincial competition in 1979. She has organized many ladies’ teams over the years and has also been a supporter by supplying prize donations for the teams. Anne has helped to advance Curling among the youth in the area.
Team Award: Stayner Motormen 1957- Ontario Baseball Association Intermediate ‘A’ Champions.
The Stayner Sun commenting on the team states: “It took six months to do it, but it was a job well done. Setting their sights on a championship early last May, The Stayner “Motormen” wound up on top of the heap, on last Saturday in October… We don’t know whether this is the first provincial championship won by a sports team wearing Stayner uniforms… But it is a unique achievement to have a town of 1,500 field a championship team in the 15,000 grouping.
Artist Achievement Award: Jim Harkness
Jim Harkness is a renowned wood duck carver and has achieved notable repute for his craft. Here is where you could find many of Jim’s carvings. Princess Alexander was gifted a Wooden Duck; Bill Davis gifted his cabinet with a Wooden Duck; Lincoln Alexander; Ontario Time Capsule. Jim chaired and produced the “The Owl Show;” “Bowl Show.” Jim is very active with the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society.
Festival/Event of the Year Award: Stayner Kinsmen Duck Race
The Duck Race was conceived 8 years ago by Kinsmen Theo Schaap and Gary Burkholder. Their vision was to create an event that would bring the Town of Stayner and Clearview together. The Duck Race has grown over the years, this year’s event celebrated 25 years of amalgamation. This included not only the traditional corporate and prize duck races but also included participation of classes from six local public schools. With proceeds raised through the annual Duck Races they have been able to make improvements to Centennial Park.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Donna Harper
Donna has been a volunteer in this community for over 20 years. She is a tireless, hardworking volunteer and leader. There is no task too big or small for her to tackle. She cares about the youth in this community, whether its giving them a job in the canteen; collecting gate fees or working the time clock. She is always looking out everyone. She has been involved with Creemore Skating Club Executive, Creemore Minor Hockey, Creemore Public School, Creemore Soccer and Community Groups.
Young Leaders Award: Alexandros Maizis
Alexandros is an upstanding member of Clearview Township. In 2016 and 2017 he represented our community and our country at the World martial Arts Organisation World Championships. In 2018 Alexandros decided not to compete internationally, instead moved his focus on to helping up and coming athletes. He inspires these athletes to achieve their full potential at local competitions. He leads by example. Alexandros is an active member of Clearview Community Church. He is passionate, knowledgeable and patient. He takes his role of teacher and leader very seriously requiring respect and focus of his students. He is also a kind and compassionate person.
Young Leaders Award in Culture: Jennifer Campbell
Jennifer started her dance studio at the age of 14 in her parent’s basement with 5 dancers. It has now grown to the present location on Huron Street with over 300 dancers. Jennifer’s philosophy is to provide “A fun, affordable dance family.” Always ready to contribute voluntarily to the culture of Clearview Township, Jennifer’s dancers are constantly appearing in numerous community events. She is most excited and gratified to watch dancers she has mentored move forward in post-secondary education, planning careers in dance and the performing arts.