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Hamilton Township council presents awards

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


A brother and sister from Gores Landing were among the recipients for outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards presented at Hamilton Township’s committee-of-the-whole meeting on Tuesday.

Ben van Steijn, 18, and his sister, Baylee, 15, of Gores Landing were each honoured with outstanding awards for their individual prowess in lawn bowling at many levels of competition, plus a wide variety of other activities.

Ben, a student in Fleming College’s Outdoor and Adventure Program, was absent because he was in school. Baylee accepted her gift and certificate after Councillor Bill Cane outlined her achievements including being invited to be part of Team Canada’s youngest national bowling team.

Meanwhile, described as a “walking history book” by Councillor Scott Jibb, Brenda Leonard of Baltimore was the first of two recipients of distinguished service awards, following the Steijn presentations.

A long-time organist with the Camborne United Church, Leonard works with the choir and teaches Sunday school and is a “granny” to her grandchildren whom she also mentors and teaches piano.

The other recipient was Fran Patton of the Baltimore area. Her list of credits include teaching horse back riding to children, especially those with special needs, as well as teaching students, and being a 15-year volunteer at Warkworth Institution where she was instrumental in establishing new drug addiction and self-help groups.

Like the younger recipients of the outstanding achievement awards, these women also received gifts from council, keepsake certificates and hearty congratulations.