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||47 YEARS of VOLUNTEERING
award is to recognize a person who has given
longtime and outstanding service to an Agricultural Society and who has
gone above and beyond the call to keep fairs alive in Ontario. After
considering the criteris of this award, one man came to mind.
W. PETER CURRIE.
Pete has been President of the
Collingwood Agricultural Society twice -
1973 to 74 and 1978 to 79. He was on the Property Purchasing Committee
that selected the new fairgrounds in 1983. At the sod turning, Peter
was the one who turned the sod as he plowed the fields that started the
transformation into the wonderful fair grounds we have today. The
trucking of the Quonset from Toronto was a memorable event. Pete did it
himself! We had no money to pay for delivery so Pete borrowed a truck
which was one or two sizes too small forthe hills of airport road. The
load was just a little, or maybe a lot too heavy for the truck as well.
In his words, one trip was better than two. He was instrumental in
moving all the stuff to the new grounds; no one knows how many trips he
made. Pete and his brother Mike donated a building which they purchased
from the old fair grounds when it was being decommissioned, which made
the basis of the poultry building we have today.
Peter was property chair for a number of years until illness sidelined
him in 1987. However he continued to spend a lot of hours taking care
of the property doing jobs such as setting up and taking down after the
fair, cutting grass and blowing snow.
Many fair ambassadors remember Pete as the one who pulled the float in
all the local Santa Claus Parades.
With such a long history as a volunteer at the fairgrounds, it is
little wonder that Pete has been referred to as MR. GNE. We are proud
to recognize W. Peter Currie as the GNE’s first recipient of the
Ontario Association of Agricultural Society’s Service Diploma. . . .
(Text of speech by Garry Milne, Past President 2012 &
Ontario Association of
Agricultural Societies Convention
big thank you to the GNE for the wonderful time at the OAAS (Ontario
Association of Agricultural Societies) Convention the past few days at
the Royal York!
It was an amazing experience to meet all of the
district senior ambassadors and make new friendships, gain new
knowledge and ideas for our fair.
Also a big thank you to my chaperon, Melissa Ferguson and all of the
members who attended.
It was an honour to be representing our fair. I
can not wait for the CNE in August.
2014 Ambassadors at the