The first two videos recognizing the many volunteer contributions of two dedicated Thorndale community members have been posted online to IloveThorndale.ca. Five more videos honouring the work of members of numerous Thorndale community groups and service clubs will be posted to the site throughout the month of May, I Love Thorndale facilitator Becky Clark said.
One video, created on behalf of the Thorndale Agricultural Society with the help of I Love Thorndale volunteer Dan Parker, nominates Connie Bontje for her years of service. “Connie joined the agricultural society as part of the homecraft committee in 1999,” said executive member Laura Langford. As well as serving as working on the fair’s annual photography competition, Bontje has also filled many roles in the Agricultural Society’s dinner theatre productions over the last decade, Langford said. “Connie has been involved as an actor, set designer, costumes, stage manager and producer,” Langford said, adding that Bontje also works hard to promote agricultural education at the fall fair through the Agricultural Awareness Tent.
“Connie organizes this area for families to come and learn where their food comes from in a fun and engaging way,” she said. “When Connie first moved to Thorndale, she didn’t know how to get involved with the agricultural society. We’re sure glad someone asked her to help out.”
Also nominated in a video created on behalf of the Thorndale Women’s Institute is June Rogers.
In the video, TWI member Barb Watson comments on how Rogers has been a member of the Thorndale United Church and UCW for many years. Besides running the village’s local hardware store with her husband in the 1970s and 80s, the two also “raised two sons in the village and they married two local girls,” Watson said.
Clark said that I Love Thorndale members will create a special plaque for each nominee, that they will be presented at a club or group meeting. The nomination videos will also be displayed at upcoming community events, she said.
One such upcoming event is the Great Car Rally Scramble, on July 8, she said. “Teams of four enter and will do an ‘Amazing Race’-style race around Thorndale with a licensed dance at Purple Hill afterwards,” said Clark. For more upcoming events in and around Thorndale, visit IloveThorndale.ca/upcoming-events-calendar.
With the nominations, Clark said, “from what was created, we hope to inform and inspire the next generation of Thorndale residents so that they may be actively engaged in their community.”