Yesterday was a very special day for alot of people, their families and their friends. Eleven inductees – including a married couple – are going into the Peterborough Pathway of Fame. That happens in September during the 20th Anniversary Induction ceremonies. But their inductions were announced yesterday morning.
And then, last night a host of citizens were feted with hardware during the annual Civic Awards. Every avenue was represented: sports, music, the arts, the environment, the list goes on.
I won’t attempt to mention names as there are too many. And if you mention one, you need to highlight them all.
They know who they are. We know who they are.
What I want to highlight is the sheer weight of generosity and achievement in this community. That’s not a new message, or a realization. But it’s brought home to us every year at this time when the Holnbeck Award is handed out, the Civic Awards are issued, and the Pathway of Fame inductees are announced.
We have some very, very special people in our community – and the depth, and breadth of their number, their skillsets, their philanthropy, their generosity, their perseverance, their leadership, knows no bounds.
But it’s also important to recognize the platforms by which they are honoured – otherwise we might never know, and those deserving might never be properly recognized.
Gordon and Arbie Holnbeck were angels, champions of the disabled who also got behind the County-City Disaster Trust Fund back in the day.
The City is generous for putting on the annual party that is the Civic Awards. It shows that the City notices these acts of generosity and achievement, and is prepared to recognize them. And it provides a platform for volunteers and achievers to step to the plate and receive deserved accolades that might otherwise escape them, and their families.
And the Pathway of Fame is a simple idea but a brilliant one, combining the breathtaking and unique waterfront park we are blessed to have in our downtown and combine it with a walkway that will forever reflect those individuals who have fashioned and framed Peterborough into the community is has become. The Pathway was a great idea. However, all too often great ideas go nowhere.
In Peterborough, it seems, great ideas are not lost or abandoned: They are nurtured, developed and eventually become reality.
Congratulations to all inductees and award winners. It is you – your achievements, and your example that sets the pace for the rest of us. The only fly in the ointment, as it were, is that there are hundreds – hundreds – living and dead, who are deserving of induction to the Pathway…and many times that number again deserving of civic awards. But that would mean the ceremony at the Evinrude Center would go on for days…and Del Crary Park would have to be expanded just to fit everybody in…
In closing, let me say this: Peterborough is known for so many things: the Lift Lock, our waters, our greenspace, our buildings, our downtown. Our music, our sports, our theatre, dance, the arts, our environmental stewardship (some may remember that Peterborough was ahead of the recycling curve years ago).
But the best part of PTBO Canada?
Our citizens make this community what it is. I, for one feel honoured every day to have the opportunity to live in this wonderful place. And it is, if can I say, so very cool that there remain the avenues available to honour them.