Pat Grant named Citizen of the Year

CitizenofyearPat Grant of Briarlea Cres. has been named Port Dover Citizen of the Year 2014.
Mrs. Grant said when Board of Trade committee member Pam Schneider delivered the news to her on Monday “I said why, why me?” — typical of the woman who has never stopped helping people since she and husband Murray moved to Port Dover in 1978.
Pat returned to university while working full-time to earn a MA degree in Public Health Nursing, a career she followed after becoming a Port Dover resident, informing parents about children’s health issues.
Volunteering is a lifestyle for Pat, age 77, as well as her husband Murray. They were part of the Old Town Hall original clean-up bees to create what became Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
Since then, Pat became a charter member of Port Dover Lioness Club and is still active. She is a charter member of Port Dover Probus Club, also a client and volunteer at Curves Port Dover three days a week assisting with its collections in aid of the Women’s Shelter in Simcoe.
From its beginning, Pat Grant has been a Women’s Shelter volunteer in numerous ways, including knitting and helping to provide Christmas bags annually for the women and their children. The most recent 2013 objective of 30 bags ended with 70.
Mrs. Grant also knits for the Port Dover branch of the Norfolk General Hospital Volunteer group, providing quantities of scarves and bed socks for its annual Treasure Mart in November. Another of her projects has been making stuffed teddy bears for the Ontario Provincial Police for the officers to hand to children who are traumatized by an incident they are investigating. She attends art classes and has written on health issues for newspapers, dating back to the 1970s as a columnist in The Maple Leaf.
In 2012 when Port Dover Composite School Drama Class travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland to stage its drama production they each travelled with a bag of games and memorabilia (including Canadian flag pins she secured from MP Diane Finley).
Hearing her reserved accounts of years of community service work, her husband Murray interjected, “Pat does the little everyday things for people. Like one day a woman had an operation which Pat knew she would need a floor cushion for in the car, so she went and got her one.” He added, “there have been kindnesses to others so many times I could not count them.”
In May 2013 Pat Grant was awarded a 20-year Ontario Service Award signed by Premier Kathleen Wynne, presented in a ceremony in Vittoria Community Centre. On the same occasion Toby Barrett MPP presented Mrs. Grant with a 20-year service award on behalf of Volunteer Association of Norfolk General Hospital and NGH Nursing Home for her service.
The Citizen of the Year reception and dinner will be held at the Erie Beach Hotel on Monday, April 7. Tickets are $35 available at Port Dover Board of Trade office on Market St. West.

Posted: March 4, 2014

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