Local Heroes 2015

They inspire the best in us, and for their work we can all be thankful.

November 25, 2015 | | Local Heroes

There’s a quote from actor Robert Downey Jr. that goes, “Hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.” Our collection of local heroes this year exemplifies that concept. They are doers, not talkers. Though all will claim their pursuits are humble, they have actively shifted the shape of our community for the better, whether through the halls of power, the bringing together of neighbours, the nurturing of youthful promise, or the dew on flower petals as they shimmer in the morning sunlight outside a hospital window. They inspire the best in us, and for their work we can all be thankful.

2015 Local Heroes: Ingrid Sproxton, Jim Lorriman, Mary Rose, Kate O’Hara, Lynn Sinclair-Smith, Mel Stevens and Colleen Darrell. Photo by Pete Paterson.

2015 Local Heroes: Ingrid Sproxton, Jim Lorriman, Mary Rose, Kate O’Hara, Lynn Sinclair-Smith, Mel Stevens and Colleen Darrell. Photo by Pete Paterson.

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Jeff Rollings is a freelance writer living in Caledon.

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