Five residents recognized for being “Strong As Stone”

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When it comes to individuals willing to go the extra mile for others, St. Marys has them in spades.

At its meeting last week, Town Council recognized five residents for their selfless deeds as part of its “Strong as Stone” program. The program allows people to nominate those whose volunteer acts benefit the community.  

Among the group was Andrew Middleton, who delivered meals during the peak of the pandemic. He also assists with fundraisers for Camp Bimini and regularly drives others to and from church.

Gord Barnett was recognized for donating a kayak to the Yak Shack, and for using his photography and social media skills to promote local initiatives and share helpful information.

Grant Barton was applauded for his work with the local food bank and Nourish Market. Grant also decorates and drives the Rotary’s Christmas float and delivers meals to seniors during the holidays.

Reverend Gwen Ament’s long-time advocacy for inclusion was acknowledged, as were her recent efforts to help re-settle Ukrainian refugees.

The final recipient was Susan McCutcheon, whose decade of teaching fitness classes at the Friendship Centre has helped countless local seniors stay strong and active.

“We are incredibly grateful to this generous group of individuals for giving their time, effort and energy to others,” said Mayor Al Strathdee. “Their actions truly embody the Stonetown spirit.”

The next call for Strong as Stone nominations will start in February 2024, with recognition to occur in April as part of National Volunteer Week. An announcement will be made when nominations open through the local media, social media, and Town website (  

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