LITTLE CURRENT—With June proclaimed as Seniors’ Month across this province, the Northeast Town council publically feted its senior of the year during its last meeting of council, naming Honora Bay’s Marilee Hore with the honour for 2018.
Ms. Hore was surrounded by her family as Councillor Marcel Gauthier got up to say a few words about the Senior of the Year.
“It gives me great pleasure to say a few words about our candidate for Senior of the Year for our municipality,” he began.
Councillor Gauthier went on to say that seniors have generously offered their time, knowledge and expertise “to make our municipality a great place to live and it is important to recognize their valuable contributions.”
He shared with council that Ms. Hore has been happily married to her husband Doug (of Doug’s Barbershop and musical fame) for 53 years and is proud of her two children and three grandchildren.
Ms. Hore retired from a 31-year career at the Manitoulin Health Centre as a registered practical nurse. “She has been an active member of the hospital auxiliary since 1965—53 years—and has served as president in that time. She is presently the treasurer of this organization.”
Ms. Hore is also an active member of the Eastern Star and also belongs to the Manitoulin District Women’s Institute and is also treasurer of this organization.
“As you can see, Marilee Hore is an excellent candidate for our municipality as senior of the year,” Councillor Gauthier concluded before calling Ms. Hore up to receive an official framed certificate from Mayor Al MacNevin.
“This is a fantastic award,” Ms. Hore said to council. “I thought getting a life membership to the hospital auxiliary was special, but this is something more.”
The Senior of the Year thanked her family for “putting up with her” all these years. She noted that it was through her mother that she learned the importance of volunteering, “and I’m thankful for that.”
“I really love it,” she said of the award. “Thank you so much for this award, I really appreciate it.”
“Thank you for all the work you do in the community,” Mayor MacNevin said.