Good Neighbours recognized

Ladysmith residents nominate their helpful neighbours for town's Good Neighbours Award.

They help shovel snow in the winter. They watch over houses when the owners are away. They help fix broken machinery.

They are Good Neighbours, and they were recognized recently by Ladysmith council. Awards were presented to Ken Hiebert, Vic Charlton, Larry Leed, Jimmy Patrick, and Phil and Deanna Noonan.

About five or six years ago, the Town of Ladysmith took the idea from Vernon of recognizing people who helped their neighbours in a snowstorm and created the Snowbusters award, explained Mayor Rob Hutchins.

The next year, it became the Snow Angels award, and the town recognized five people.

“We changed the name to Good Neighbours to recognize people who go out of their way to make life a little better and easier for their neighbours,” said Hutchins.

The town received many nominations from people who wanted to recognize their friends and neighbours this year, and the winners’ names were drawn from a hat.

During last Monday’s council meeting, Hutchins read out two nomination letters.

One letter that Hutchins read sang the praises of Vic Charlton.

“He’s always willing to help, and he does everything with a smile and at no charge,” read Hutchins.

Hutchins also read a letter from Jim and Lorraine Szasz, who nominated Jimmy Patrick.

“He’s always there for us in every way, and he always goes that extra mile,” read Hutchins. “He is a great guy, and we feel very lucky to have him in our lives.”