2017 Community Volunteer Nominations

3rd Annual Celebrate Thorndale Volunteer Recognition Award

"I Love Thorndale acknowledges that it is dedicated volunteers that make Thorndale the strong community that we all love. These individuals have been recognized for their contributions to the community, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication."

Congratulations to the volunteers who have been recognized by their community group for their volunteer efforts in the community!


NOMINEE: Edward “Ted” Bestard

Ted has been a Mason for many years and was our Worshipful Master in 2014.  A valued member of our General Purpose Committee, he also regularly represents our Lodge at the ‘I Love Thorndale’ meetings.

In his ‘previous life’ as a farmer, Ted was proud to serve the Thorndale Agricultural Society for 25 years as a Director and 2 years as President.  On the Middlesex Dairy Producers Committee, he was for 6 years the Secretary-Treasurer and also was the Chairman of the West Nissouri Recreation Committee for 4 years.

Ted is member of the Vining Cemetery Board for some time and has also spent 4 years of his retirement time volunteering at Fanshawe Pioneer Village helping with needed repairs.

With trumpet in hand, Ted Bestard has faithfully played the Last Post and Reveille at Thorndale’s annual Remembrance Day Services for the last 47 years.  He has also performed the same in other area communities when asked.

ORGANIZATION: Thorndale United Church


Bob is always so willing to help at our church and is Chair of our Property Committee. This past year he supervised having a new washroom installed, hallway with storage facilities and is presently working on our church office. He assisted with the installing of the chimes and oversees the maintance of our Chair Lift. He has installed shelving in the garage to get everything organized. He also rewired, painted and obtained a sign for our Church Float. For many years Darlene and Bob have been in charge of our tickets for both the Beef and Strawberry Supper and do a very efficient job. Whenever we have a heavy rain Bob gets over to the church to check on the basement and if there is a problem he gets working on it. In short, If something needs to be done - Bob gits r done!! Our church would be lost without him. We appreciate him so much and would love to see him recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.

ORGANIZATION: The Optimist Club Of Thorndale

NOMINEE: President, Bill Tipping

Bill has been a member for 40 years serving as president various times over those years. He served our community as a volunteer fireman for 17 years, at present he is also a member of our local masons. Bill is active in his local church helping in any way he is asked.

We would to thanks Bill & Chris for their many years of service to this community



Dave Graham became a member of the Thorndale Lions Club in 2007 when he was sponsored by Larry Jones.  Since joining the Lions, Dave has been a dedicated member and an asset to the club.  He served as President in 2011/2012, and since 2012, Dave has been secretary of the Club.  Being secretary of a service club means keeping track of all the bills, tracking money coming in and going out, and reporting to the government.  It is not a simple task but Dave excels at it.

When he’s not balancing the books, you can find Dave serving at the Lions’ breakfasts, working Social Gaming Night, and all the other various Lions’ events.

It is members like Dave that keeps the Club going strong.  Thanks, Dave!



June has been a member of the Homecraft Committee for over 50 years.  For the past 20 years she has created the main display for all to see as soon as they walk into the progress building.  It's amazing to see how closely she recreates the fair book cover.  For many years she served as the chair of the Plants & Flowers committee.  Thank you to June for all her years of service and her continued commitment as a volunteer of the Thorndale Agricultural Society.



It is with great pleasure that the membership of the Thames Centre Community Choir nominates Cathy Baskerville for I LOVE THORNDALE'S volunteer for 2017. Cathy is a founding member of the TCCChoir, was instrumental in getting the choir off the ground and has worked tirelessly since its beginnings to help it grow both in number and musically. Cathy's dedication to the choir is never more evident than on Tuesday evenings. It is a rare occasion when her seat is empty.
As Secretary of the board, Cathy attends meetings, taking minutes and ensuring that records of our journey as a choir, from milestone events in members' lives to concert programmes, are kept for posterity. Cathy is the contact person for new members and people looking to purchase tickets to our events, and she makes sure that our events are well advertised as she coordinates the tickets sales, poster distribution and media releases.
And all of this is done with caring and a smile! Cathy truly cares about the choir and its membership. A friend to all, this dedicated, committed, hard working individual is the heart beat of the Thames Centre Community Choir. 




Shirley Hacon is the epitome of volunteerism.  

As an active member, committee chair and director in the 10 years of membership with Thorndale & Area Horticultural Society, she has been a veritable ambassador for our society.

She has offered the use of her workshop for various projects, heads our Green Thumb committee, cultivates our Memorial Rose Garden weekly and offers help whenever needed.

No dust ever settles under Shirley’s trowel!




Marie Willis resides on a farm with her son, Ed Lee. She has been a member of St. George’s Church for some 60 years. She made pies, tarts and what have you for suppers, yard sales, etc.

She was a member of the Home and School while her children attended to assist where needed. She entertained and educated bus loads of children with a trick horse, Nubian goats and Pomeranian dogs.

Marie has been a member of the Thorndale Women’s Institute for 50 years. She has been on the executive and curated the Tweedsmuir History. She assisted the group in getting lights at railway crossings, taught cooking classes, served banquet and many other objectives, as our motto says, “For Home and Country.”

Marie enjoyed assisting in all these endeavours.