50 Faces of Lincoln: Ward 2 Recipients
50 Faces of Lincoln: Ward 2 Recipients
The following recipients were nominated by Ward 2 Councillors Tony Brunet and John (JD) Pachereva.
Bob Christie is a third-generation owner of Christies Dairy, a family owned and operated business serving the Niagara Region with quality dairy products since 1945. He coached minor hockey and softball, was treasurer of Beamsville Minor Hockey and a director on the Chamber of Commerce. Bob sponsored numerous hockey, baseball, and soccer teams, the soap box derby as well as community fundraising events, construction of the new arena and batting cage, and scholarships to BDSS and GSS graduates.
As the manager of Grimsby Gas Don Harvey brought natural gas to West Niagara. He was on the school board in the 1960’s and 1970’s and helped build Jacob Beam school. He was the head of Beamsville Lawn Bowling Club participating in numerous Ontario Championships. A member of Beamsville Fire Department for over 30 years. An umpire for OASA, referee for Jr A hockey in the 60’s and for Erie in the IHL, developing the certification for OMHA referees and standards and training for USA hockey officials.
Shirley Martin was elected in 1984 as MP for Lincoln. She became Minister of State for Transport in 1988 under PM Brian Mulroney and subsequently appointed Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1990 before returning to Minister of State for Transport in 1991 and retiring in 1993.
John and Teresa Pachereva owned & operated Jodel Supermarkets Ltd with brother-in-law Delbert Givens employing and mentoring hundreds of youths. John sponsored countless sports teams, community events, organizations, and the JR C Lincoln Blades. Teresa volunteered with Boy Scouts, Beamsville Nursery School, St John & Jacob Beam Schools, the Catholic Women’s League, and the Beamsville Figure Skating Club. They also made philanthropic contributions to the Fleming Centre and WLMH.
Frank Pavlakovic and his family, including his two daughters have owned and operated Beamsville Home Hardware for over 32 years. The store has become a mainstay in town with a reputation built on customer service. Despite a severe fire in 2011 they continued to invest in the community. The extensive rebuilding project and reopening after only a few months was a testament to the spirit and perseverance of the family who were able to reopen with a new bright and freshly stocked store.
Laurence Pyke was a beloved coach, mentor, and Board member with Lincoln Minor Hockey for 40 years as well as being a board member of the Niagara District Hockey League. Any event at the arena would have Laurence volunteering, organizing, or executing as best as he could. Carola Pyke's organizational skills led to various board positions with Lincoln Minor Hockey & Beamsville Figure Skating Club serving as area rep on the Niagara Skating Council. She also coached on the Lincoln Soccer Club executive, a Beamsville Lioness, Beamsville BIA Secretary, WLMH Foundation and Dream Team Member, member of the Fleming Centre Building Committee and Senator Gibson School Parent Council Member.
Doug Robinson owned and operated Doug’s Sports and barber shop was known for his community activism and support of local sport. He sponsored numerous sports teams, and a hockey tournament, league and ball diamond bear his name. An active Beamsville Lion he ran the chip wagon at the fair. He sponsored a stained-glass window at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church as well. He was committed to supporting his community in any way he could.
Rudy Schindel worked at Ontario Hydro for 34 years but has now volunteered more years than he worked! A Sunday School teacher, property committee member, rose gardener at Trinity United Church as well as Academy St and community advocate. He volunteered at the Red Cross Blood donor clinics, the Lions CCWN food Drive and was active in the Ivy Lodge. His favourite achievement was being involved in the Lamplighter Tour and playing curmudgeonly characters especially a role in the story about the Beamsville Basket Factory.
Tallmans is a family owned and operated business started in 1941 that has served the changing needs of the community for over 78 years. Doug, Ron and Ralph are the second generation of three generations running the business today. After the original Chapel in Campden, the Vineland Chapel was built in 1961 followed in 1964 by the Beamsville Chapel. Ralph was part of the campaign committee for the Fleming Centre and the business sponsors a number of local sports teams.
Tonya Verbeek is a local olympian who attended BDSS. Officially the most decorated Canadian Wrestler of all time and first woman to win a medal for Canada taking silver in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the 2012 Olympics in London. Also 3 medals from Pan Am Games and 2 World Championship medals.
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