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Local Heroes 2023

Nov 27, 2023 | In The Hills

Here’s to the hard-working folk who are passionate about helping others, and making our communities a great place to call home.

Bonnie Ledson and team – Fundraising Divas

Nov 23, 2023 | Gail Grant

This dynamic team has raised more than a million dollars over the years in support of the Bethell Hospice through their annual Diamond in the Hills fashion show, luncheon and auction.

Dan O’Reilly – Obliged to our Ancestors

Nov 23, 2023 | Jeff Rollings

Community activist, environmental advocate and freelance reporter Dan O’Reilly is passionate about protecting the land we live on.

Kevin Junor – Champion for the ‘Black Battalion’ 

Nov 22, 2023 | Jeff Rollings

Kevin Junor is on a mission is to raise awareness of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, the Black World War I soldiers who served in a segregated unit.

Gabe McHughan – Athlete Extraordinaire

Nov 22, 2023 | Jeff Rollings

This Grade 8 student from Shelburne is a fierce athlete, who took home four medals from the 2023 World Dwarf Games held in Cologne, Germany.

Pat and Gary Vipond – A Lifetime of ‘Doing’

Nov 22, 2023 | Tony Reynolds

For these two active 87-year-olds, giving back to the community has been a lifetime commitment.

Suzanne Lachance – Tax Trouper

Nov 22, 2023 | Emily Dickson

This hardworking volunteer coordinates free tax clinics that help people navigate the challenges of tax season.

Local Heroes 2022

Nov 20, 2022 | In The Hills | Back Issues | Winter 2022

Every year we honour those who go above and beyond to help others, to make exciting things happen, and to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Sister Act: Malini and Hemani Singh

Nov 20, 2022 | Emily Dickson

Recipients of the 2022 Community Arts Volunteer Award, Malini and Hemani were recognized for their dedication to promoting classical Indian dance, music and culture both at their school and in the community at large.

Habit of the Heart: Neil Morris

Nov 20, 2022 | Jeff Rollings

Neil was awarded Caledon’s Community Champion Award 2022 for both his longtime participation as a member of the Bethell Hospice volunteer team and his involvement in a wide range of Caledon environmental initiatives.

Common Ground: Stuart Lazier and Tony Arrell

Nov 20, 2022 | Nicola Ross

This duo is the driving force behind the creation of Creemore’s brand new $4.5-million Village Green, an initiative to provide a place for people to enjoy, for families to play, and for community events.

Stitches in Time: Basia and Shannon Knowlton

Nov 20, 2022 | Jeff Rollings

The crafty mother-daughter team is on a mission to keep people warm, fed and looked after with their “Warmth for the Winter” initiative, and other charitable works.