50 Faces of Lincoln: Ward 4 Recipients
50 Faces of Lincoln: Ward 4 Recipients
The following recipients were nominated by Ward 4 Councillors Greg Reimer and Lynn Timmers.
Bill Berg was born in St Catharines but grew up living and playing hockey in Beamsville. His junior hockey journey included stops in Beamsville, Grimsby, and Toronto before being drafted by the New York Islanders , 59th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in over 500 games from 1989 to 1999 with the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Senators. Following his playing career, he became a hockey analyst for The NHL Network and Sportsnet FAN 590 radio station.
Over the course of forty years after serving in World War II, Oliver "Ollie" Bradt is known both locally and internationally as an exceptional breeder of grapes, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. As part of The Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario he started the Vinifera program in Vineland in 1946. Ollie’s many contributions to plant breeding, education, and his ability to work with people have contributed to the advancement of Ontario' s agriculture industry, resulting in him being recognised by many agricultural, wine and horticultural bodies.
Former Mayor Delby Bucknall lived his entire life on the family farm in Campden. Councillor for Clinton from the late 1940’s for four terms, Reeve of Clinton Township in 1958 and Warden in 1962. In 1970, he became the first Mayor of the newly formed Town of Lincoln and held office until 1974. Instrumental in forming the Regional Government, he was also an active Director on the Federation of Agriculture for many years. A dedicated hard worker always putting the interest of the community first.
Matt Giffen is the founder of Bench Brewing Company, situated in the historic Maple Grove schoolhouse on King St. in Beamsville. After a career as a Global executive for ScotiaBank, he followed his passion and opened the doors at Bench in June 2018. Bench beers have garnered attention worldwide, gaining accolades at the Ontario, Canadian, and World Beer Awards events. Bench Brewing is a welcome addition to the local landscape through active involvement in many area charities and local social endeavors.
Born in Toronto, Edwin Barry “Skip” Gillham was a beloved P.E. teacher, coach and counsellor at BDSS in Beamsville for over 30 years retiring in 1997. He also served in his church and the Board of the Welland Canal Mission, at Pioneer Camp and Cedar Campus. He wrote numerous books, thousands of articles for many newspapers, historical journals, corporate newsletters and online websites, but is best known for his “Ships That Ply The Lakes” column in the St. Catharines Standard from 1970 until 2016.
Senator Peter Harder spent his childhood in Vineland where, as a teenager, he worked in a grocery store owned by his parents. After nearly 30 years of federal public service he was named to the Senate of Canada in March of 2016, serving as Government Representative until 2019. Prior to that he served as a Deputy Minister under five different Prime ministers and 12 ministers. Senator Harder is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.
Born in Brantford, former Mayor Gladys Huffman grew up on a farm. She started her career as a legal secretary before moving to Niagara. This led to her calling in Politics and she and her husband later settled in Vineland to raise their family. Through involvement in her community and wanting to help with the changes happening with the expansion of Victoria Avenue, she ran for Town of Lincoln Council and was elected in 1975 and in 1978 became the first female Mayor of Lincoln.
Paul Moyer is a fruit farmer whose family have farmed in the area since 1799. Moyer’s Apple Products based in Beamsville have been making candy apples since 1990 receiving a boost to production after appearing on Dragon’s Den in 2008. In 2012, Clean Works became a joint venture with Court Holdings Ltd. resulting in the 2017 Premier Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. That same technology was retooled in 2020 to clean and disinfect N95 masks during COVID-19.
Len Pennachetti is the President and Founding Partner of Cave Spring Cellars in Jordan. He pioneered wine production in Niagara and the transformation of Jordan Village as a tourism hub with the creation of hospitality businesses including On the Twenty Restaurant, building of Inn on the Twenty and renovating the Jordan House tavern and hotel as well as the creation of the Twenty Valley Tourism Association. Instrumental in the founding of Vintners Quality Assurance (VQA) in 1989, he serves on many boards and is the recipient of many awards.
Jen Smith is the President of Cherry Lane Farms in Vineland, established in 1907. Born and raised on the farm she is the tenth generation of family to farm the land with 400 acres of fruit, and a cherry and peach processing plant. Now known for their popular cherry tart juice and frozen fruit products. Her grandfather created the Jamaican Off-shore Worker program in 1966 that still runs today along with their continued support and giving back to the community.
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