Virtual Wall of Honour

Established in 2016, the New Tecumseth Virtual Wall of Honour celebrates those who have made outstanding contributions within the town each year. Inductees are published on this page and are celebrated during Canada Day celebrations.

Criteria for nominees

Nominees must be:

  • A resident of the Town of New Tecumseth
  • Deemed to be of great importance to the community; or
  • Significantly contributed to the Town through their voluntary service; or
  • Had a positive impact on the citizens of New Tecumseth and made the community a better place.

Submitting a nomination

You can complete a Virtual Wall of Honour nomination form online or pick up a copy at the Administration Centre. Please include a professional quality, 8-inch by 10-inch photo of the nominee. This photo can be in colour or black and white.

Your nomination must include the name and address of the person submitting. We do not accept anonymous nominations.

Please submit your completed form and photo to the Clerk's Office located at the Administration Centre or mail it to:

Town of New Tecumseth Virtual Wall of Honour
c/o Clerk/Director of Administration Services
10 Wellington St. E.
Alliston, ON L9R 1A1

For more information, you can call the Clerks Department or Administration Services at 705-435-3900 or email Administration Services.


The deadline to submit your nomination is at 4:30 p.m. on the last Friday in March each year.

Posthumous nominations

You can make posthumous nominations. In some instances, the family of the nominee must (where possible) consent to the nomination.

Approval process

After you submit your nomination, the Clerk's office forwards the nomination to Council. Council then selects the inductees for that year.

We will contact both the inductee and the submission's author with next steps for the celebration that year.

Awards presentation

Awards are presented at our annual Canada Day celebration.

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.