Virtual Wall of Honour

Established in 2016, the New Tecumseth Virtual Wall of Honour celebrates individuals for outstanding contributions to the Town of New Tecumseth celebrated on an annual basis. Inductees into the Virtual Wall of Honour will be celebrated at a Council meeting or an event to be determined by Council.

Eligibility for Nomination

  • Candidates must be a resident of the Town of New Tecumseth, or an individual who volunteers or has significantly contributed to the life of the Town of New Tecumseth making a positive impact on the lives of citizens
  • Nominees can be submitted posthumously. In such instances, the family of the Nominee must (where possible) consent to the nomination.
  • No activities or achievements related to political appointments are eligible
  • No Town staff member in connection with their employment position or sitting politician is eligible
  • Previous recipients of the Virtual Wall of Honour are not eligible
  • Individuals may not nominate themselves or family members

Nomination Process

  • Nominators must use the prescribed Virtual Wall of Honour nomination form. You can complete a  online or pick up a copy at the Administration Centre.
  • Nomination submissions will be considered up to March 31 each year
  • Submissions will be accepted all year, but any received after March 31 would be considered the following year
  • All nominations, whether from an individual or an organization, must include the name and address of the person(s) submitting the nomination. No anonymous nominations will be accepted.
  • All nomination packages will be addressed to the following and can be received by mail, e-mail or dropped off in person:

Virtual Wall of Honour
c/o Office of the Clerk/Director of Administration Services
10 Wellington Street East
Alliston, Ontario L9R 1A1
awards@newtecumseth.ca 

Nominee Criteria for the Virtual Wall of Honour

The nominee will have:

  • A distinguished, well-rounded record of community service demonstrated through participation and leadership in and for various community organizations and institutions which has had a positive impact on the lives of the citizen of New Tecumseth making the community a better place in which to live
  • Have significantly contributed to the life of Town of New Tecumseth through their voluntary service

Support for the Nomination

A limited number of attachments providing evidence of the nominee’s accomplishments will be accepted. Consider things like newspaper articles, not more than two letters of support, commentaries from peers, etc. and supporting photographs.

The nomination shall also include the following:

  • a biography of the Nominee, including the following;
    • the Nominee’s contribution(s) to the Town of New Tecumseth through participation and leadership of community organizations which has had a positive impact on the lives of citizens of New Tecumseth making the community a better place in which to live;
    • the Nominee’s volunteer contributions which significantly contributed to the life of the Town of New Tecumseth
  • a professional quality, colour or black and white, 8”x10” photograph of the Nominee.

Deadline

Nomination submissions will be considered up to March 31 each year.

Submissions will be accepted all year, but any received after March 31 would be considered the following year.

Nominee Selection Process

All nominations submitted prior to March 31 of each year will be brought forward by a confidential report to Council.

One nominee will be inducted into the Virtual Wall of Honour on an annual basis.

The nominee will be notified by the Mayor’s office by letter advising them that they have been inducted into the Virtual Wall of Honour. The inductee will be presented their award at a meeting or event determined by Council.
The nominator will also be notified of the decision.

Nominees not selected, will be notified by the Mayor’s office. Nominators have the opportunity to be able to resubmit names for future consideration.

Awards presentation

Inductees into the Virtual Wall of Honour will be celebrated at a Council meeting or an event to be determined by Council.

Wall of Honour Inductees

2019 Inductees - Betty Tomlinson Anderson and Ralph Wilding

Picture of Betty

Betty Tomlinson Anderson moved to New Tecumseth from Hamilton in 1975. Gaining a keen interest in the history of the area, Betty served as the President of the Tecumseth and West Gwillimbury Historical Society before co-editing a history book entitled “Tecumseth Township – The Unforgettable Past” in 1984.  Betty was a founding member of the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council establishing an award to encourage creative writing by local high school students in memory of her deceased husband.  Betty’s passion for music helped to excel local musicians by her writing letters to local papers to discuss and promote their performances.  Betty was the founding member of Achill Choral Society and was successful in bringing Al-Anon to Tottenham.

Ralph Wilding

Ralph Wilding a long-standing member of the Tottenham Lions Club and a founding member of the Tottenham Conservation Committee was a regular volunteer at many festivals and events.  Ralph enjoyed talking and loved being involved within the community.  In 1983, Ralph began his career as a Town Crier after winning the Tottenham Centennial Crier competition and was the Town Crier for the Town of New Tecumseth since amalgamation in 1991.

2018 Inductee – Jack Tiernay

Jack Tiernay

John Louis (Jack) Tiernay was born in North Bay, Ontario on April 7, 1921. At an early age Jack became fascinated with the yoyo and won a trip to England at 14, where he performed for the Queen of England, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. When WWII broke out he joined the Royal Canadian Navy where his railroad telegraph experience was put to good use upon the HMC Dunver as a telegraph operator. Having great talent for music, Jack formed a family band with his sons and played at private and community events with his portable electronic keyboard. Jack lived in Alliston for almost 50 years and was quite active in the Lions Club, the Air Cadets and the Royal Canadian Legion, where he served as president.

2017 Inductee – Joe McCarroll

picture of Joe McCarroll

Joseph-McCarroll-Wall-of-Honour Joe McCarroll served in Europe in World War II with the 6th Infantry Brigade. After the war, he rejoined his father's meat business and continued with the help of his family until retiring in 1984. He was the first postwar president of the Legion Branch 171 Alliston and received the legion Meritorious Services Medal with Palm Leaf for community services. Joe served on multiple building communities including for the Stevenson Memorial Hospital and for St. Pauls. Joe always had a smile and a joke for everyone.

2016 Inductees – Jim Milligan and Shirley Gibson

picture of Jim Milligan

Jim Milligan's hard work and dedication to his family's fifth-generation farm and his successful fuel business benefitted not only his own farm operations, but those throughout the community. Thanks to Jim's services and agricultural expertise, he made it his priority to help South Simcoe farmers have successful growing seasons. Jim's commitment to the community and to his family's heritage was remarkable. He was a key cog in the wheel of a farm operation.

picture of Shirley Gibson

Shirley Gibson was a truly extraordinary woman. There is not much in the Alliston area that Shirley did not affect. Her involvement in the community set the bar very high for everyone. So great was her impact that The Herald launched the South Simcoe Hall of Fame in her honour. Shirley's many accomplishments include being the founder of the South Simcoe Museum Board, president of the Alliston Historical Society and being a volunteer for everything from local sports teams to Meals on Wheels.