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Senior of the Year Award

Who Makes a Real Difference in Our Community?

The Municipality of Whitestone Council is looking to the community, local service and community groups for potential nominees for the Province of Ontario’s Senior of the Year Award program. Please enter your Nominee by Wednesday, April 14th, at Noon.  We thank everyone in advance for submitting a Nomination!

Your nominee must:

  • have contributed to the community after the age of 65 and has made their community a better place to live
  • be a resident in the Municipality of Whitestone.

Seniors who qualify for this award may have contributed to many different fields such as the arts, literature, community service, volunteering, education, environment, fitness, and humanitarian activities.

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • someone currently holding political office

An individual cannot be nominated for achievements related to a current political appointment.

2024 Senior of the Year - Lynn McEwen

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Lynn McEwen (Johnson) has been a dedicated volunteer in Whitestone for over 40 years. Growing up across the street from the church, Lynn’s family has always had strong ties to the church community. Her biggest project was leading the United Church Women (UCW) group, where she organized activities for Christmas, Thanksgiving, bake sales, bazaars, and many other fundraising events.

 Lynn served as a director of the Dunchurch Agricultural Society for over 20 years. As Parade Marshall, she took charge of arranging floats and parade activities, which included the huge task of closing down the highway for the event. Lynn ensured everything ran smoothly, coordinating judges, helpers, and displays. Lynn was Manager for District of Parry Sound over programs including Ontario Works and Child Services

 Dunchurch born and raised, Lynn lived in Toronto for ten years before returning to Dunchurch to raise her two children.  She was very involved in their education, participating in the parent council and fundraising activities at Whitestone Lake Central School. Her family spans 7 generations of Johnsons.

 An avid gardener, Lynn enjoys decorating her yard throughout the seasons. She has always been involved in her community, serving on various municipal committees and volunteer groups. In the community Lynn was on committees such as Community Center Kitchen upgrade to meet needs of large dinners, etc. Lynn is known for her beautiful garden, love for seasonal decorating, and passion for Georgian Bay, where she has boated for over 25 years. Lynn is also known as the “Lasagna Lady of Dunchurch,” always quick to prepare meals for those in need and is well-known for her delicious baking.


 Recipient Information

2019 Senior of the Year - Peggi Woehl

2020 Senior of the Year - Murray Chambers

2021 Senior of the Year - Cathy Lamb

2022 Senior of the Year - Ed Bennett Sr.

2023 Seniors of the Year - Dale Caldwell and Simon Harris  

2024 Senior of the Year - Lynn McEwen