Last Monday night saw the Town of Ladysmith present its Good Neighbour Awards for this past year at the regular council meeting at city hall.
Councillor, deputy mayor and chair for the night Steve Arnett introduced the recipients and presented the awards to the winners.
“Back in 2006/2007, council started to recognize people who go above and beyond helping out their neighbours,” said Arnett at the meeting. “That goes for people who to do anything from shoveling snow to helping out seniors. We’ve had over 150 nominations since then and there are a lot of people in our community who always help out their neighbours.”
These years recipients were: Lyle and Susan McChesney, nominated by Ryan and Cathleen McMahon; John and Debbie Baker, nominated by Cindy LaFleur; Ken Sutherland, nominated by Sue McMutrie; Jack Judson, nominated by Joe and Maureen Mulder.
The awards were originally called the Snow Busters Program to recognize neighbours who helped clean the snow from each others’ properties.
In 2008, the program’s name was changed to Snow Angels, which council says ‘more fittingly recognized these wonderful caring people.”
Each nomination is conducted with a letter to council, explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award.
In 2010, a letter was received saying that “the person was not just an angel in winter, but all year-round,” prompting another name change to this day.
In their letter nominating the McChesneys, the McMahons said that “if we ever need something to borrow, they are there. We really believed we got something special when we moved to this town.”
Speaking of the Bakers, LaFleur said in her letter, “if I’m unable to the yard work, I often find that my lawn has been magically mowed.”
Arnett announced, introduced and presented each award individually at the meeting.
“That’s the town I grew my kids up in and not enough of this is done,” said Arnett.