The Perth-Andover Wall of Fame and Youth All-Star awards were presented at a fun and friendly social held at the River Valley Civic Centre on July 3rd.
As the guests sipped wine and enjoyed a tasty buffet, two local citizens received these awards for their outstanding service, volunteerism and contributions to our community.
Reta Kelley will go on the Wall of Fame this year in recognition of her long time dedication to coaching and organizing local youth sports.
With absolutely no previous coaching experience, Reta began her career as a volunteer coach in 2003 when she began the SV Minor Basketball program in Perth-Andover. Since that time she has been both an assistant and head coach for basketball programs in the village.
She began coaching lacrosse in 2007 and continued to coach the sport for two years.
In 2010 she set up a rugby program for Andover Middle School and then began to coach that sport as well, and in 2012 she organized a rugby program for SVHS as she continues to coach the sport.
Reta is a married and the mother to two sons and holds down a full time job in addition to all the hours she puts in as a volunteer coach. But she says, “I am so grateful for this opportunity to help the kids in our community.”
Many recreational activities and organized sports events would not be possible if not for the dedicated volunteer coaches who dedicate their time, energy and skills so that our youth athletes can enjoy organized sports.
Martin Morin got a big surprise when his name was called! His family had kept this ceremony secret, and got him to the ceremony under a pretence so he had no idea he was actually a guest of honour.
Martin received the Youth All-Stars award this year because he has made volunteerism, hard work and community service a way of life. At SVHS, he has volunteered his time and boundless energy to help run the breakfast program.
He works with the Dance Class to help with logistics and sound, and helps out with school dances as well as other productions, and always takes time to help with the school’s Valhalla tournaments.
Martin completely embraces and embodies the volunteerism ethic that we hold so high here in Canada.