Newest citizen of year passes on advice to youth
By Craig Campbell, News Staff
People who do really good things for their community don’t do it for recognition – they do it for the right reasons, 2013 Dundas Citizen of the Year Don Robertson told a room full of community leaders at the Dundas Community Awards on Friday night.
Directing many of his comments at several young people nominated for Youth Volunteer of the Year, Robertson said everyone in attendance was a winner.
But he advised the youth not to volunteer for the recognition or the trophies.
“You keep doing what you’re doing, and you’ll have nothing but a lifetime of happiness,” Robertson said. “When you do these things in your community, this is the last thing you think about. You do it for the right reasons.”
Tim Hamilton was named Dundas Youth Volunteer of the Year. He earned the award sponsored by Dundas Valley Collision Centre for his extensive volunteer efforts at the Routes Youth Centre. Hamilton also received a $500 educational bursary from the Rotary Club of Dundas. Other youth nominees included Danielle Roscoe, a Highland Secondary School student, and a group of students from Dundas Valley Montessori School – Devin Baker, Beckett Schefold, Emily Davis-Santos and Allegra Petrisor, who was added to the group after judging.The Dundas Museum and Archives was named Dundas Business of the Year, sponsored by Kingsview Terrace Condos.
Museum manager Kevin Puddister acknowledged the museum is a different type of operation than fellow nominees Collins Brewhouse, Valley Antiques and Zumba Dundas.
“A non-profit corporation winning business of the year comes as a surprise to us,” he said.
The recognition, for an organization that relies heavily on the work of volunteers, culminated a lengthy redevelopment of the local museum and expansion of its building.
“I thought we’d reached a high point with the Made in Dundas event last weekend, but this takes the cake,” Puddister said...
Arlene Vanderbeek, chair of the Dundas Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce which hosts the event encouraged those in attendance to start thinking about who they will nominate in the three categories next year.