Former Alberton reeve Michael Hammond was honoured with Alberton's 2019 Senior of the Year Award during the July 10 Alberton council meeting.
Current reeve Mike Ford presented the award to Hammond in recognition of—and appreciation for—his contributions to the Township of Alberton during his long service on council, first as a councillor from 1997 to 2001 then as reeve from 2003 to 2018.
Speaking with Hammond, he was very genuine and humble about his contributions and award.
“To tell you the truth, I didn't think I deserved it—but I guess they thought I did,” said Hammond.
During his time on council, Hammond also participated in numerous municipal committees and took great pride in representing the township at numerous events across the district and beyond.
“You can count him to lend a hand at any event that the township put on,” said Reeve Ford of Hammond.
Hammond and the council members he served with expanded Alberton's road surfacing program as well as many enhancements to the Millennium Park including playground and outdoor exercise equipment, the gazebo, volleyball court and picnic area.
Hammond was, and continues to be, a volunteer with the Rainy River Field Naturalists in maintaining and improving the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail, located on Whitmore Road, off Highway 611 South in Alberton.
“Mike was an asset to the community and he'll be missed,” said Reeve Ford.
Hammond exemplified the values of the township and his dedication provided an improved quality of life for his community.
“He had a passion for making a community a better place for residents to live,” explained Reeve Ford.
Reeve Ford added it is difficult to explain exactly what Hammond's contributions meant to the townships but he always brought enthusiasm and passion to the projects he was involved with.
Retirement has not slowed Hammond down. He said he still enjoys being active and keeping himself as busy as possible.
“I don't sit around, so I'm always up to something,” Hammond said.
“I am ready to go at any time, so if anybody asks for something I do it,” he added.
There is still plenty of energy left for Hammond as he is still willing and glad to help out around the community.
“So, when anybody needs a hand . . . I would be glad to help,” Hammond pledged.
Hammond's character and values along with his unselfishness and desire to help the community were all quality reason why he was the unanimous choice for the Senior of the Year Award.