St. Marys Town Council recognizes latest #StrongAsStone nominees

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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Four nominees from the month of March for the Town of St. Marys' Strong As Stone Recognition Program were acknowledged at last Tuesday's town council meeting. Three individuals and one group were nominated for the program in March.

The first nominee recognized was Leslie Edney. A social worker by trade, Leslie was acknowledged for having a big heart and willing to help anyone. She also volunteers a great amount of her time to the United Way Perth Huron in helping to execute its community-based programs, including this year's Coldest Night of the Year campaign which raised more than $47,000 for local programs.

The second nominee recognized was Joe Robson. His nomination stated that he is an inspiration and joy for everyone who knows him. Over the holidays, Robson helped create a meal delivery service for those who were alone or may have been unable otherwise to enjoy a holiday dinner. He used his Facebook group, The Spirit of St. Marys, to rally donations that were used to provide meals to people in St. Marys.

The next nominee was Rachael O'Neill. The aforementioned holiday meal delivery service was spearheaded by O'Neill who was determined to give back to her community given the increased isolation and food insecurity risks posed by the pandemic over the holidays. Over 80 people received meals as part of the service created by O'Neill.

The final nominees were the moderators of the St. Marys Life Facebook group. Comprised of Jeff Cubberley, Sue Fowler, Andrew Middleton, John Stevens, and Jennifer Westman, the moderators nominated worked tirelessly to direct people to the proper resources, share only factual and helpful information about the pandemic, balance healthy debate with freedom of expression, and continue to promote all things St. Marys. Stevens took a moment to also recognize all people who have been a moderator of the group in the past, including Scott Jackson, Steve Lawton, Peter McAsh, Carrie McKichan, Pat Morden, Niki Rumble, and Pam Young.

Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition from the Town of St. Marys. The Strong As Strong Recognition Program is ongoing and nominations can be made online at, and hard copies can be obtained by appointment only at the Town Hall.

Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent