Former mayor and high school coaching icon receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The contributions of a former mayor and a high school coaching icon were celebrated Monday night as both received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Bill Gibb and Dave Scott received their medals at town council with friends, family and colleagues on hand to mark the occasion.

Gibb, sitting in the mayor’s chair he occupied from 1985-97, gave credit to the public for his lifetime of contributions. It is the public that drives the community forward, he stated, and that “we just carry the ball for them” at town hall.

“I think I’d like to share this with the community,” said Gibb. “That’s what makes the community what it is today. It’s the people who live here.”

Gibb first began in municipal politics after attending a meeting with the late Bob Sutherland. His involvement snowballed from that point on. His involvement ranged from youth to seniors and he said his experience showed “the people pay the bills” and provided the input with those at town hall trying to do their best for those in the community.

“I’d like to thank all the people I worked with,” he said. “It’s good to get involved. It’s good to work hard.”

Mayor Wayne Hurst said Gibb has never forgotten his “humble beginnings” and noted that Gibb is also a Jubilee Medals Mar6-webretired postal worker who also represented his colleagues as union president. Gibb was elected to politics as a councillor, deputy reeve and reeve before becoming mayor and served on numerous committees in his time.

Hurst joked that if a resident couldn’t make it to

 

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council, they could find Gibb at the post office if they needed to speak with him.

Gibb was credited for having an “open door policy” and having good relationships with the Amherstburg Chamber of         Commerce, BIA, non-profit groups and other committees. He encouraged seniors to stay active, was a proponent for the creation of Centennial Park and had a passion for youth. He also was involved with the creation of King’s Navy Yard Park during his time on council.

Hurst also pointed out Gibb coached many minor sports teams and was respected by players and parents alike.

Scott was appreciative of his nomination for the award. A long-time teacher and former athletic director at General Amherst High School, Scott continues to coach even in retirement with his involvement including being the junior football and track and field coach.

“I want to dedicate this award to all the former and present coaches at General Amherst High School, former and present coaches at the elementary schools and the former and present coaches in the community,” said Scott.

Scott said those coaches put the time and talent in to help bring the town “where it is today.” He said he has been coaching for over 40 years and joked that “maybe I’ll still be coaching when they drop me in my coffin.”

Some of the athletes he coached turned out for the presentation but Scott noted the main objective was getting athletes of all skill levels to maximize the talents they had. The greatest athletes, he said, are the athletes that “work their butts off to be the be best they can be and are proud when they leave.”

Scott also thanked the local media for its support over the years. He also encouraged people to be involved as much as possible.

“ You will be happy,” he stated.

Scott was described by Hurst as “a strong supporter of youth in the town of Amherstburg” and a “strong advocate for General Amherst” and known throughout the community simply as “Coach Scott.” Scott was also praised for “putting Amherstburg on the map” due to various sports teams and athletes he coached to championships over the years. He also received credit for working with youth both academically and socially, with Hurst stressing the latter when he said troubled youth could find confidence and leadership skills after working with Scott.

Scott was another proponent in the creation of Centennial Park and is still working to see it improved, including recent meetings with town council and the Greater Essex County District School Board to try and get restorations completed.

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