Blockhouse committee gets donation, recognizes donor

 

Linda Glassford and Bill Brundage accept a $1,000 from 13-year-old Sean Hebert June 14. The money will be put towards the restoration and maintenance of the historic blockhouse on Boblo Island. (Submitted photo)

Linda Glassford and Bill Brundage accept a $1,000 from 13-year-old Sean Hebert June 14. The money will be put towards the restoration and maintenance of the historic blockhouse on Boblo Island. (Submitted photo)

The large cheque that symbolizes Sean Hebert's $1,000 to the Boblo blockhouse project sits inside the blockhouse with various pieces of broken pottery and other artifacts that were dug up during a dig in the area. (Submitted photo)

The large cheque that symbolizes Sean Hebert’s $1,000 to the Boblo blockhouse project sits inside the blockhouse with various pieces of broken pottery and other artifacts that were dug up during a dig in the area. (Submitted photo)

By RTT Staff

A student that lives on Boblo Island has given back by making a donation to a historic building on the island.

Sean Hebert, who celebrates his 14th birthday this Saturday, donated $1,000 to the blockhouse committee last week. The blockhouse is located on the south end of the island near the lighthouse and Hebert has been assisting in such ways as moving wood, maintenance, assisting during the Doors Open Amherstburg and other fundraising endeavors.

Linda Glassford, a member of the blockhouse committee, said Hebert “has taken his love for the blockhouse to the next level” by presenting the committee with a cheque for $1,000.

“He earned this through his plan to provide a snow removal service for island residents this past winter and to donate one half of what he earned to the blockhouse,” said Glassford. “Of course with the winter we had, he was very successful and worked very hard. This is an impressive young man for his age as he already donated $50 from his own savings last year.”

Hebert’s grandfather Mike Girard lives on the island and Glassford said he helped Hebert with the snow clearing. “They are very close and are always doing things together,” she said. Bill Brundage is the lead of the Bob-lo Island Historic Restoration Committee and Glassford has been the committee chairperson since they began the blockhouse project in the fall of 2010. Boblo developer Dominic Amicone, Becker Engineering, the Town of Amherstburg and many of the residents of Bob-lo have contributed in many ways making the restoration and preservation of the blockhouse possible, noted Glassford.

“So many locals have come forward with donations of their expertise and materials,” she said. “At this time we would like to mainly recognize Sean as a worthy young citizen of our community.”

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