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Jack Tiernay named to New Tecumseth Wall of Honour




By Brock Weir

 

Canada Day celebrations had an added poignancy on Sunday as the late Jack Tiernay was added to New Tecumseth's Virtual Wall of Honour.

Mr. Tiernay, a long-time Alliston resident, was honoured at the start of the community's Canada Day festivities, alongside Liz Brown, who received the Senior of the Year Award, as well as both Alex Bruce and Ethan Lemcke who shared the Youth Volunteer Award.

“The Town established a Virtual Wall of Honour Memorial Dedication to celebrate the contributions of those who have helped make our community a better place,” said Deputy Mayor Donna Jebb, taking over the presentation from Mayor Rick Milne who said he was “too emotional” to do it. “This year, we are very pleased to announce that the late Jack Tiernay will receive this year's Wall of Honour. Thank you Mr. Tiernay's family members who are here with us today to celebrate this announcement in recognition of Jack's commitment and many contributions to our country and our community.

“Jack and his wife Lorette and their nine children, some of [whom] are here today, moved to Alliston in 1967. He and his family were dedicated to our community and Jack was involved in several community groups over the years. As a World War 2 veteran, Jack's support for the Alliston Legion was tremendous. He was a member of the Cenotaph Committee that saw the Cenotaph [in Alliston] come to fruition. He carried the Pan Am torch as well as it went through Alliston in 2015. Jack also worked for the CNR for over 40 years, with his last posting at the CN station in Alliston.

“The Tiernay family have a love for music and playing musical instruments. You would still find Jack performing right up until last year, entertaining at different events and at seniors' homes. Jack was an amazing man who gave all to his family and to our community. It is a pleasure to walk Mr. Jack Tiernay into the Town of New Tecumseth's Wall of Honour and I would like to present Mr. Tiernay's family members with a certificate.”

The award was accepted by Mrs. Tiernay and their sons Tim and Jim.

“I just wanted to express my dad's appreciation,” said Jim. “He would have loved receiving this. He loved his town and he loved his country.”

Following the presentation, Mayor Milne added: “I think we all heard stories about Jack and one of the stories is about him carrying the Olympic Torch. It is just peeing down rain and he's running through Riverdale park. He was so happy he had the torch and he was 95 at the time. You'd think he'd know better!”

 

SENIOR OF THE YEAR AWARD – LIZ BROWN

Presenting Liz Brown with the Senior of the Year Award, on behalf of the Town of New Tecumseth, was Councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre, who hailed Ms. Brown's “outstanding contributions” to the community.

“Liz has a varied background as previous local pharmacist and a local Board member on the Library,” said Councillor Harrison McIntyre. “She has been a member of the Literacy Council of South Simcoe for almost 20 years. Liz was instrumental in securing a permanent home of the organization and helping to raise the necessary funds to buy the property. Thanks to Liz's foresight and dedication, Next Step is now mortgage free and continues to provide one to one academic upgrading to members of the local community.

“Most importantly, Liz helps to offer free tutoring to some of the most underprivileged and marginalized members of society and she does it with respect and she dos it with determination and a good dose of humour. It is my pleasure to present this prestigious award to you.”

Mrs. Brown accepted the award with a short, but sweet remark.

“Thank you, everybody,” she said, cheered on my members of the community. “I appreciate it.”

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARD – ALEX BRUCE AND ETHAN LEMCKE

This year's recipients of the Youth Volunteer Award have a combined contribution of nearly 2,000 hours of service to the New Tecumseth community and beyond.

Presenting the awards to the student duo was Councillor Michael Beattie, Council's rep on New Tecumseth's inaugural Youth Advisory Committee.

“[The Committee is] one of the things I am really proud of in terms of achievements this term of Council and I am thankful for the Mayor and all of my colleagues for seeing us implement the first-ever committee giving our youth in our municipality a voice at the table in an advisory role. Today, we honour and recognize two of our local youth for the outstanding number of volunteer service hours they have contributed to our community. It is a pleasure to present Alex Bruce and Ethan Lemcke each with the 2018 New Tecumseth Youth Awards.

“Alex is a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School and has volunteered more than 1,500 hours, which is over 37 weeks. That is quite a feat, Alex. Alex, thank you for your dedication to our community. Ethan, a Banting Memorial High School student, has given over 445 hours of community service. Ethan, it is a pleasure to recognize your efforts today as well.”

Jack Tiernay named to New Tecumseth Wall of Honour

By Brock Weir

 

Canada Day celebrations had an added poignancy on Sunday as the late Jack Tiernay was added to New Tecumseth's Virtual Wall of Honour.

Mr. Tiernay, a long-time Alliston resident, was honoured at the start of the community's Canada Day festivities, alongside Liz Brown, who received the Senior of the Year Award, as well as both Alex Bruce and Ethan Lemcke who shared the Youth Volunteer Award.

“The Town established a Virtual Wall of Honour Memorial Dedication to celebrate the contributions of those who have helped make our community a better place,” said Deputy Mayor Donna Jebb, taking over the presentation from Mayor Rick Milne who said he was “too emotional” to do it. “This year, we are very pleased to announce that the late Jack Tiernay will receive this year's Wall of Honour. Thank you Mr. Tiernay's family members who are here with us today to celebrate this announcement in recognition of Jack's commitment and many contributions to our country and our community.

“Jack and his wife Lorette and their nine children, some of [whom] are here today, moved to Alliston in 1967. He and his family were dedicated to our community and Jack was involved in several community groups over the years. As a World War 2 veteran, Jack's support for the Alliston Legion was tremendous. He was a member of the Cenotaph Committee that saw the Cenotaph [in Alliston] come to fruition. He carried the Pan Am torch as well as it went through Alliston in 2015. Jack also worked for the CNR for over 40 years, with his last posting at the CN station in Alliston.

“The Tiernay family have a love for music and playing musical instruments. You would still find Jack performing right up until last year, entertaining at different events and at seniors' homes. Jack was an amazing man who gave all to his family and to our community. It is a pleasure to walk Mr. Jack Tiernay into the Town of New Tecumseth's Wall of Honour and I would like to present Mr. Tiernay's family members with a certificate.”

The award was accepted by Mrs. Tiernay and their sons Tim and Jim.

“I just wanted to express my dad's appreciation,” said Jim. “He would have loved receiving this. He loved his town and he loved his country.”

Following the presentation, Mayor Milne added: “I think we all heard stories about Jack and one of the stories is about him carrying the Olympic Torch. It is just peeing down rain and he's running through Riverdale park. He was so happy he had the torch and he was 95 at the time. You'd think he'd know better!”

 

SENIOR OF THE YEAR AWARD – LIZ BROWN

Presenting Liz Brown with the Senior of the Year Award, on behalf of the Town of New Tecumseth, was Councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre, who hailed Ms. Brown's “outstanding contributions” to the community.

“Liz has a varied background as previous local pharmacist and a local Board member on the Library,” said Councillor Harrison McIntyre. “She has been a member of the Literacy Council of South Simcoe for almost 20 years. Liz was instrumental in securing a permanent home of the organization and helping to raise the necessary funds to buy the property. Thanks to Liz's foresight and dedication, Next Step is now mortgage free and continues to provide one to one academic upgrading to members of the local community.

“Most importantly, Liz helps to offer free tutoring to some of the most underprivileged and marginalized members of society and she does it with respect and she dos it with determination and a good dose of humour. It is my pleasure to present this prestigious award to you.”

Mrs. Brown accepted the award with a short, but sweet remark.

“Thank you, everybody,” she said, cheered on my members of the community. “I appreciate it.”

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARD – ALEX BRUCE AND ETHAN LEMCKE

This year's recipients of the Youth Volunteer Award have a combined contribution of nearly 2,000 hours of service to the New Tecumseth community and beyond.

Presenting the awards to the student duo was Councillor Michael Beattie, Council's rep on New Tecumseth's inaugural Youth Advisory Committee.

“[The Committee is] one of the things I am really proud of in terms of achievements this term of Council and I am thankful for the Mayor and all of my colleagues for seeing us implement the first-ever committee giving our youth in our municipality a voice at the table in an advisory role. Today, we honour and recognize two of our local youth for the outstanding number of volunteer service hours they have contributed to our community. It is a pleasure to present Alex Bruce and Ethan Lemcke each with the 2018 New Tecumseth Youth Awards.

“Alex is a student at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School and has volunteered more than 1,500 hours, which is over 37 weeks. That is quite a feat, Alex. Alex, thank you for your dedication to our community. Ethan, a Banting Memorial High School student, has given over 445 hours of community service. Ethan, it is a pleasure to recognize your efforts today as well.”
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