Real McCoys general manager Don Robertson recognized as Citizen of the Year
By Craig Campbell, News Staff
It’s been a good year for Don Robertson. And a good year for Robertson usually means a good year for Dundas.
Not only did the local real estate broker organize a successful bid to bring the Allan Cup amateur men’s national hockey championship to Dundas for the second time, the Dundas Real McCoys – the team Robertson has run since he brought it to town 14 years ago – won the coveted national championship. That was a huge accomplishment, but Robertson’s contribution to the community goes much further as he’s guided by a philosophy he regularly shares when he speaks.
“If you’re in a position and have an opportunity to help and you don’t, you’ve let your community down,” Robertson often says.
For this, and many other contributions to the community of Dundas, Robertson has been named the Dundas RBC Citizen of the Year.
Robertson and the McCoys make regular charitable donations to a number of local groups throughout the hockey season.
In fact, bringing the national championship to Dundas may have personally cost Robertson financially, but brought a monetary win to the local businesses community and made history in the Valley Town. Robertson’s efforts behind the scenes of the Allan Cup tournaments, and Hockeyville campaign, brought national attention to Dundas.
Robertson holds the distinction of being nominated by two former Citizen of the Year winners – Darlyne Mills and Leslie Watson.
Watson earned the title, along with Barry Forth, for co-organizing the successful CBC-Kraft Hockeyville campaign. Watson credited Robertson for his efforts in support of the event.
“Without him, Dundas would not have been crowned Hockeyville,” she stated in the nomination papers.
Robertson became the driving force behind the Hockeyville Legacy project – an effort to realize a significant renovation and improvement of 60-year-old J.L. Grightmire Arena, and in particular a second floor viewing area, community room and Dundas Sports Wall of Fame.
Robertson also spearheaded an effort to help two-time Canadian Amateur Golf champion Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas build some early financial support in order to dedicate himself to his athletic pursuits.
Robertson figures a community doesn’t get too many chances to help see one of its own achieve such lofty goals and he felt it was important to celebrate and support a national champion.
“He’s a Dundas kid,” Robertson said. “It’s a brilliant Dundas story. These opportunities are once in a lifetime.”