Last week, County Recognition awards were handed out at the North Kawartha Community Centre in Apsley.
Established in 1992, the County has annually recognized exceptional residents in a variety of categories, including acts of heroism, business leadership and entrepreneurial innovation, volunteer leadership, heritage preservation, environmental or sustainability leadership, sporting excellence and leadership in arts and culture.
This year some award categories remained unfilled for the township, including Heroism, Agricultural Leadership and Heritage Preservation.
Roland Greber was awarded the Community Volunteer of the Year for 2017. A dedicated volunteer in our community since moving to the area 12 years ago, Greber has shared his sports enthusiasm with our youth by coaching minor baseball, soccer and lacrosse, but his major passion has been felt by Millbrook Minor Hockey. He has served as Manager, Trainer, and Coach for many teams throughout his years and has held several position on the MDMHA executive and was recently re-elected President. Though his children no longer play he continues to devote his spare time and was chosen to be assistant coach for 2 teams this past season Peewee Rep and Bantam LL. The time he gives volunteering is greatly appreciated by many in the community.
In the Business Leadership/Entrepreneurial Innovation which recognizes successful initiatives of both new and established, the Harley-Davidson retail outlet operated by Bob and Gail Longley was the recipient for Cavan Monaghan. This is the most recent recognition for the outlet which has received a string of awards from their own organization, including the Harley Davidson Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement award in 2016, a past winner of the Harley-Davidson® Central Canada Dealer of the Year Award and Diamond Award for Operational Excellence and recently earned the Gold Award for Operational Excellence and are among the top 10 dealers in Canada.
Cavan Monaghan brothers Justin and Mark Hiscox earned the Leadership in Arts and Culture for the township. Self-employed musicians, they were inductees to Peterborough’s Pathway to Fame last fall, this musical pair share their gifts in concert with the 4th Line Theatre where they compose, perform and act in plays each season, as well as other Peterborough theatre groups. They are conductors of the 200+ member the Peterborough New Horizons band organization with members of all ages who play brass woodwind and percussion instruments in five concert bands. They also perform with many other bands and have led the Millbrook Community Choir for many years.
In the youth category, another pair of brothers, Joey and Josh Penello, were recognized for their contributions through the local soccer organization. Congratulations to all recipients! KG