2018 VOLUNTEER AWARDS
The Junior Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Quynlan Vuorensyrja. He is always on hand to help at many community events in Walford and throughout the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers. He is a member of 4-H, active in sports, helps with children’s activities, as well as being involved in assisting at the Walford playground and outdoor rink. Whatever an organization needs help with; Quynlan Vuorensyrja is there and always exhibits respect and courtesy for all. Council extends their heartfelt appreciation and congratulations to Quynlan for all he does to help in the community!
The Senior Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Gail Whalen. An active member of the Walford Community Centre Board since its inception in 1985, Gail has served as the Catering Convener and is an advocate for youth and seniors’ programming in the community, as well as a dedicated member of her parish and the Catholic Women’s League. Gail’s willingness to lend a hand whenever called upon and her dedication to her community has not gone unnoticed. Council would like to take this moment to congratulate and thank her for all she has contributed to the residents of the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers.
Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers Bursary
Blaise Gravelle is the 2018 recipient of the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers Bursary. This is awarded to a deserving student attending Espanola High School who resides in the Township and is continuing post-secondary studies.
The Bursary was presented to Blaise by Deputy-Mayor Patricia Hnatuik at the EHS Convocation. Congratulations Blaise!
2018 BUSINESS SUCCESS AWARD
The winner of the Business Success Award is John’s Auto Repair & Sales, located in Massey.
Established in 1995, John’s Auto is a complete auto repair and maintenance centre that has helped both residents of the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers and many a stranded tourist in the area with fast service and being able to recommend local attractions, places to eat, and lodging. In addition, John’s Auto has donated to a variety of charitable functions and worthy causes since establishing their business. Congratulations on being selected as the recipient of the Business Success Award. The Economic Development Committee applauds your efforts and commends you for your vision, dedication and for choosing to operate a top-notch business in the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers. We wish you continued success throughout the coming years.
Do you know of a business in the Township that is deserving of recognition? You can nominate them by:
- Downloading a Nomination Form
- Picking up a nomination form at the Township Office – 11 Birch Lake Road, Massey
- Email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include your name, phone number, the name of the business you are nominating, and why you feel they are deserving of this award.
*Please ensure that your reasons are for actions and improvements taken within the past year and that the business is located within the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers.
Bears in the Community
Due to the recent bear sightings, the public is advised to follow the guidelines found on the “Bear Wise” website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise
Who to contact:
Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:
- enters a school yard when school is in session
- enters or tries to enter a residence
- wanders into a public gathering
- kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
- stalks people and lingers at the site
Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.
Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is:
- roaming around, checking garbage cans
- breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
- in a tree
- pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
- moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering