Local citizens who have made an outstanding contributions to the community have been recognized by Mayor Jim Gordon and city council with civic awards for volunteerism. Hazel (Dell) Edwards, the Skead Recreation Committee, Deborah Kosher and Don Bakker are the first recipients.
Edwards recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a tea at Sudbury?s Older Adults Centre, where friends and colleagues gathered to recognize her 65 years of volunteer work in the community.
Edwards has contributed to a number of organizations, including the IODE, Royal Canadian Legion and Memorial Hospital auxiliary. She also shared her cooking talents for many years as a cook at the Girl Guide camp and at All Nations Church, where she assists in preparing meals for up to 100 people every week. She regularly visits other seniors and plays piano for them and brings hot meals to friends who are ill and until recently, drove seniors to medical appointments.
The Skead Recreation Committee was formed in 1967 and since that time has served as a focal point for community activities.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of naming the town Skead in 1999, the committee completed a book on the history of the area and produced a cookbook.
The committee also publishes a weekly community newsletter available at www.skead.com.
Kosher and Bakker brought together a network of friends, co-workers and family to establish and support Breakfast World at Adamsdale Public School.
Together, they have raised more than 80 per cent of the funds required to operate the breakfast program, while at the same time helping serve breakfast four days a week to more than 200 students.