Local Heroes: Ten Extraordinary People

It’s people who make a community. And our second annual celebration of local heroes is a salute to ten extraordinary people who define our community at its best.

November 15, 2009 | | Local Heroes

Some of them, like Jade Scognamillo, are just starting out, their early achievement a rich promise for the future.

Others, like Doc Gillies, represent an exemplary lifetime of community service. Some, like Larry Kurtz, dream large and share those dreams on the public stage.

And others, like Jane Helie and Tammy Clark, quietly pursue a daily act of humanity.

All of them make these hills a better place to live.

Local Heroes of 2009

About the Author More by Jeff Rollings

Jeff Rollings is a freelance writer living in Caledon.



  1. A note to our readers: At the suggestion of author Michele Green, we have updated “Kind Hearted Cat Herders,” one of our Local Heroes stories, with information about how to help: “Anyone wishing to assist one day a week, donate toward the cost (approx. $200/month) of food, or provide old lawnchair cushions, please contact Jane Helie at [email protected].”

    Tony Maxwell on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:27 am | Reply

  2. [from Deanna Ruple] We just received the winter issue of In the Hills.

    What a great magazine. The information about the local heroes was amazing.

    It is so neat to read about people you sort of know.

    Also the book reviews and just about everything was great.

    We enjoy all the issues but especially this one.

    Deanna Ruple

    site admin on Nov 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Reply

  3. [from Karen Hutchinson] Jen and I were truly honoured to be selected as local heroes by In the Hills. I think Jeff Rollings captured everything we said and Pete Paterson is a genius with the camera!

    We are in such good company — there are some incredible people in our community. Thank you for doing the series to help make our community a better place. It is really good way to promote all the causes and issues that so many of us care about. We do know that everybody reads In the Hills because of the comments we hear on different pieces.

    On a personal note – I am sure I am going to take a lot of ribbing from my local girlfriends on being called a “Supperhero.” It will give them a good laugh, but then they will have to talk about the issue.

    Karen Hutchinson

    site admin on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Reply

  4. Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely article and kind words Jeff Rollings wrote in the winter edition of In The Hills about my daughter Jade Scognamillo in your Local Heroes article. It is an honour for her to be considered a hero – she certainly doesn’t see it that way! I enjoy reading In The Hills every season – keep up the great work! Headwaters is such a wonderful place to live – we feel blessed to have found it when we moved from England!

    Jane Scognamillo

    site admin on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:45 am | Reply

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