Today, the Town of Bracebridge has recognized some of its best and brightest citizens with the Community Recognition and Sport Awards.
Every year the Town recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact in the community. The Town of Bracebridge also submits nominations for Provincial awards to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Honours and Awards Program and to the Ontario Heritage Trust based on local nominations.
This year’s winners are:
• Margaret Gallant Bracebridge Volunteer Service Award
Margaret has been volunteering with the YWCA Muskoka for over 5 years. She
has been instrumental in the Women of Distinction Awards, filling a variety of
roles, as well as, many other fundraisers to support the ongoing work of the
YWCA of Muskoka.
• John McBride Bracebridge Volunteer Service Award
John has volunteered and been instrumental in the success of numerous
community events and organizations. John has been involved with the Fire and
Ice festival since its inception and coordinated the delivery and removal of the
snow for the popular tube run. He has held various leadership positions with
local sport groups including: Bracebridge Golf & Curling Club; Bracebridge
Soccer Club, and Bracebridge Men’s Touch Football league. His continued
efforts have made Bracebridge a better place to live and visit.
• Gloria Rowe Bracebridge Volunteer Service Award
Gloria has been a dedicated Hospice Muskoka volunteer since 2016. She
works tirelessly to improve the lives of clients and their families in Muskoka.
Gloria is constantly attending meetings and workshops to enhance her skillset
and understanding to provide the best care possible. Along with the hands on
care that she provides, she regularly supports awareness and community
events to raise much needed funds for Hospice Muskoka.
• Jill Golden Bracebridge Volunteer Service Award
Jill has been a volunteer with the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka for the last
12 years, starting as a board member, then vice-president and president of the
organization. Jill has overseen the disbursement of funding to over 3,500
children in our community. This funding allows the children to access
opportunities and supports they need to be happy, healthy and have a sense
of belonging. Despite working full time, Jill always makes herself available to
meet with community partners, receive donations, or purchase and deliver
items to families and children in need.
• Michael Forth Bracebridge Senior of the Year
At age 69, Michael Forth proudly represented Bracebridge in the World
Triathlon in Switzerland and placed 55th in his event. He started training for
triathlons 7 years ago to support his granddaughter who wanted to try one and
has been competing ever since. Michael is a friendly face, often seen training
at the Sportsplex and around town. He uses his skills to motivate others to stay
healthy and active and for the last 5 years has participated in the swim for
Camp Oochigeas to raise funds to support the camp.
• Evelyn Archibald Bracebridge Good Citizenship Award
Evelyn Archibald has been an extraordinary volunteer in the community for a
number of years. Evelyn is volunteer with her church and professionally she is
a member of the chartered professional accountants of the Ontario provincial
committee. Evelyn has been an integral part of many community organizations
including: Habit for Humanity Muskoka, Muskoka Community Foundation,
Muskoka District Housing Authority, Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group,
Bracebridge Historical Society, Manna Food Bank, Terry Fox Run, Monck
Public School Breakfast Club, and the Canadian Federation of University
• Janice Hummel Bracebridge Outstanding Volunteer Achievement
Janice Hummel has been volunteering with many community organizations for
a number of years. She is part of the Ladies Auxiliary, with the Royal Canadian
Legion, and sits on a number of committees with the Legion. Janice also
volunteers her time with: Manna Food Bank, Muskoka Victim Services,
Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the Agricultural Society, the Horticultural
Society, the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and at the Senior Centre for Active
Living. Janice is most happy when she is spending her time enhancing the lives
• Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club
2020 Christopher Todd Lang Accessibility Award
Since the Muskoka Law Bowling Club opened in 2017, there has a priority to
design and renovate the facility to be as accessible to as many in the
community as possible.
In 2017, the club applied for, and received funding, to purchase senior-friendly
equipment (or assistive devices) such as, smaller lighter bowls and bowl lifters,
encouraging those with mobility and/or strength issues to participate.
In 2018, the club launched its winter indoor “Short Mat” program, making lawn
bowling available to the community year-round. The new indoor short mat
program was an excellent fit for Community Living clients, who often have
limited opportunities for physical and social activities. Club volunteers took this
as an opportunity to offer a weekly program for approximately 15 Community
One of the club volunteers designed, made and donated unique bowl delivery
systems for those who are unable to roll their own bowls.
In 2017, the club’s head coach completed the Coaching Association of
Canada’s “Coaching Athletes with a Disability” module, and received a grant
from the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association for additional certification courses.
Recently, two members completed “Respect in Sport Activity Leader
Certification”, offered through Bowls Canada.
Every “Learn to Lawn Bowl” class and community group introduction begins
with a safety component that includes information on the club’s specialized
equipment that aims to ensure that everyone can participate and have fun.
• Special Olympics Muskoka
2021 Christopher Todd Lang Accessibility Award
Special Olympics Muskoka is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to
providing year round sport training and competition opportunities for individuals
with an intellectual disability.
As part of the international Special Olympics movement, the Muskoka District
Community of Special Olympics Ontario is committed to providing season-long
weekly programs to more than 100 local athletes. Athletes train and compete
against athletes of similar abilities.
The primary objective of Special Olympics is to contribute to the physical, social
and psychological development of people with disabilities through positive,
successful sporting experiences.
While the primary focus of the organization is to promote sport programming
for individuals in their community, they also promote competitions at higher
levels. This is accomplished with the staging of provincial games (every two
years) and national and international games (every four years).
• David Patterson Bracebridge Arts and Culture Award
David supports the arts and culture community and enriches the lives of others
by volunteering his time with a number of organizations. David participates in
numerous writing circles, is on the Friends of the Bracebridge Library Board,
coordinates Open Doors, volunteers with the Friends of the Caisse, and also
volunteers at many local festivals and events. David is an integral part of the
arts and culture community in Bracebridge and Muskoka.
Community Sport Awards
The Bracebridge Community Sport Awards are presented annually to the athlete, coach and team of the
year. Those receiving awards have shown excellence in their sport; demonstrated sportsmanship; are a
credit to the community; have displayed good character; and serve as excellent role models for young
athletes in the community.
• Matt Larkin 2020 Jim Quigley Memorial Award-Bracebridge Athlete of the Year
Matt Larkin has been a member of the BMLSS Track and Field and Cross
Country Running teams. In the spring of 2019, Matt was selected to be a
member of Team Canada’s U-18 Track and Field team. In July 2019 he
competed in the NACAC (North American, Central American, Caribbean)
U18 Track and Field Championships in Mexico, where he finished 4th in the
800m and 1st in the 1500m. Provincially, Matt was ranked 1st in the 1500m,
2nd in the 800m, and in the top 10 for the 400m. Matt is now on a full athletic
scholarship at the University of New Mexico.
• Carson Robins 2021 Jim Quigley Memorial Award – Bracebridge Athlete of the Year
Carson began playing Lacrosse at the age of 7 and since that time, and for
almost every season, has received numerous team awards including the
most dedicated player and most valuable player award. Carson has been
team captain or team assistant captain for every team he has played on. He
has played on elite teams, from Southern Ontario, who travelled throughout
the United States. Carson played for Team Ontario and was part of the team
that won the Canadian Nationals. Carson’s athletic abilities can also be seen
on the basketball court, where he plays with the South Muskoka Breakers
and was on the team who won the Ontario Cup the past 3 years.
• Greg Rassmussen Bracebridge Community Coach of the Year
Greg has contributed a great deal of his time and energy over the past 16
years coaching young people in Bracebridge. Greg was a well-versed
swimmer, swimming at the University level, and has continued his passion
for the sport in international Masters events. For many years Greg has been
coaching the next generation of young competitive swimmers who are a part
of the Muskoka Aquatics Swim Club.
• Bracebridge Bandits Peewee Rep Team 2020 Norm Harkness Memorial Award – Bracebridge Team of the Year
Following a number of seasons in the Select Circuit, the PeeWee Rep
Bracebridge Bandits moved up to a high level of fastball where they entered
the OASA Rep Level Circuit. After a slow start to their season, and quite a
few losses, the boys were able to turn it around and ended their season as
the OASA Provincial B Champions.
• Muskoka Aquatic Club – 2021 Norm Harkness Memorial Award – Bracebridge Team of the Year
The 2020 season was an outstanding season for the MUSAC swim team. At
the Short Course Huronia Regional Championships, 40 swimmers qualified
and MUSAC finished 3rd overall. At the Ontario Winter Festival, there were
3 top 10 finishes and, at the Ontario Youth and Junior Championships, the
team came home with 5 medals, and 14 top 10 finishes. Last season MUSAC
swimmers broke 12 club records.
Bracebridge Baseball Wall of Fame
The Bracebridge Baseball Wall of Fame was created in 2011 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions or achievements in the sport of baseball in Bracebridge in one of four categories: Player, Coach/Official, Fan/Supporter, and Builder/Sponsor. 2021 Inductees into the Bracebridge Baseball
Wall of Fame include:
• Lisa Courtney Bracebridge Baseball Wall of Fame – Player
This year marks Lisa’s 30th season playing in the local women’s baseball
league. In addition, she spent 20 years playing on one of the rep teams and
has sat on the executive for 6 years. During her years on the field, Lisa has
received a number of MVP and Most Dedicated Player awards.
• Albion Sports Club Bracebridge Baseball Wall of Fame – Builder/Sponsor
Baseball in Bracebridge would not be what it is today without the support of the
Albion Sports Club. The Club sponsored a number of teams and events prior
• David Thompson Bracebridge Baseball Wall of Fame – Coach/Official
David has been a Level 4 Umpire for a number of years and has umpired
across the province. Over the past 2 years, David has been the Umpire in Chief
for Northern and Western Ontario. Dave has spent many hours training minor
ball umpires in Bracebridge and enjoys giving back to the community.
Bracebridge Town Council is pleased to publicly honour the achievements of outstanding award recipients
and to thank those who are leaders and role models in the building of the community.
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