Y hosts Ron MacLean at 50th birthday bash: Peace Medals presented

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It was a special time on Monday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean was welcomed to join the Pictou County YMCA’s 50th breakfast birthday bash.

Peace awards were presented in three categories as part of YMCA Peace Week, while MacLean saluted those who contribute to communities while regaling the more than 200 people who attended with poignant and humourous stories from the near and distant past.

Pictou Landing First Nations Chief Andrea Paul delivered an opening welcome as part of Mi’kmaq Heritage Month in Nova Scotia.

CEO Jim Pomeroy upheld the 100 Y volunteers he called “the lifeblood of the community” while noting the special programs the Y is offering to mark its 50 years locally, the 30 years being observed for the Peace Medals and five years at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, where the breakfast took place.

MacLean was available to attend the breakfast after having hosted a hometown TV hockey segment on Sunday in Truro.

“It was good to bring Ron here,” said Jon Sim, the former pro hockey player who took part in the events in Truro.

“Warriors respect the battle, not the outcome,” MacLean, referring to the emotional meeting Sim had with fellow Pictou County pro Colin White of the New Jersey Devils after their win over the Dallas Stars in the 2000 Stanley Cup Final. MacLean also hailed Kori Cheverie, a local hockey player who is an assistant coach on the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team.

MacLean accepted a gift that he called a basket of “cherries and grapes”, a reference to his Coach’s Corner colleague Don Cherry and shared some of Cherry’s more recent material.

Among awards, Jeana’s Girls received a Peace Medal in the youth category, recognizing the Relay for Life team created in memory of Jeana English. They raise funds and bring awareness to causes related to childhood cancer and disease, volunteer and have established a bursary for Pictou County youth.

Terry and Carol Curley were honoured in the individual category for their promotion of health, wellness and community spirit for all ages through the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend and related events.

The Shepherd’s Lunch Room received the award in the organization category for providing lunchtime meals twice a week in New Glasgow. The citation notes that the group has served more than 8,000 meals this year.

Y Peace Medals were presented in three categories on Monday at the Pictou County YMCA’s 50th breakfast birthday bash. From left: organization recipient Elaine Russell on behalf of Shepherd’s Lunch Room, youth recipients Nina Davey and Georgia Murray on behalf of Jeana’s Girls and individual recipients Carol Curley and Terry Curley. (Goodwin photo)

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