A resident who has spent most of his life helping others has been recognized by the province as Brockton's Senior of the Year.
Gerry O'Gorman received a special certificate at Brockton council Monday night after being brought to the meeting "under false pretenses" as nominator Coun. Tim Mancell explained.
"I had asked Gerry to come tonight because council was going to discuss the doctor's clinic," he announced to a crowded council chambers.
Noting O'Gorman's volunteer work, Mancell, who had nominated him on behalf of the Walkerton Rotary Club, said O'Gorman, 82, "has generously shared his skills with various community organizations for over five decades."
His list of involvement includes being a member of the Rotary Club for 33 years, serving as club secretary for 12 years and president in 1978-79. A retired accountant, O'Gorman, Mancell noted, currently is: a director with the Walkerton Community Support Services; treasurer of the veteran's walk of honour committee; treasurer of the Walkerton Community Foundation; an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society; a member of the Brockton Medical Clinic fundraising team; and an active member of the Walkerton Golf and Curling Club. Last year he also was a member of the Brockton Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards committee "thereby disqualifying himself for consideration as a recipient".
In presenting the enlarged certificate, Brockton Mayor Charlie Bagnato quipped "the only question I have for you is how did you find time to make it here?"
After the presentation O'Gorman told reporters that he enjoys volunteering. "I like to do it and I think anyone who wants to (volunteer) should do it. It keeps your mind busy."
O'Gorman said he was delighted with the recognition, but doesn't volunteer to receive awards.
"I feel I'm getting something back by helping," he said.
Mancell said O'Gorman is a worthy recipient of the award, presented through the Ministry Responsible for Seniors.
"I've worked closely with Gerry on many projects," he said. "He's totally dedicated to this community. He selflessly donates huge amounts of his time."