Mary Hulett named Senior Citizen of the Year

 

Mary Hulett (centre) accepts the Gertie Kilgallin Senior Citizen of the Year plaques from Tom and Sharon Kilgallin at the Fort Malden Golden Age Club’s annual Christmas party held at the Verdi Club last Thursday night.

Mary Hulett (centre) accepts the Gertie Kilgallin Senior Citizen of the Year plaques from Tom and Sharon Kilgallin at the Fort Malden Golden Age Club’s annual Christmas party held at the Verdi Club last Thursday night.

By Ron Giofu

It was an award Mary Hulett didn’t see coming.

Hulett was named as the 2013 recipient of the Gertie Kilgallin Senior Citizen of the Year award during the Fort Malden Golden Age Club’s annual Christmas party at the Verdi Club last Thursday evening. When Tom Kilgallin – who was joined by wife Sharon in presenting the award in memory of his mother – announced Hulett’s name, the look on her face was one of shock and disbelief.

“I was shocked,” Hulett said, after receiving her award. “Ultra-shocked.”

Hulett was joined by roughly 30 of her family members for the presentation with her family members having been hidden in a back room at the Verdi Club until Hulett’s name was announced.

“These kids… they came from far and wide,” she said.

Hulett added she wasn’t even thinking it would be her as this year’s award recipient.

“I thought it was going to be our president,” she stated. “I am just overwhelmed. I am grateful. It’s just a wonderful tribute, just awesome.”

In his introduction of Hulett, Kilgallin described her as a long-standing member who is always ready to lend a helping hand with a positive outlook. She was also termed as someone who sees “the bright side of everything” with other Golden Age Club members describing her as someone who is quick with an uplifting saying to lighten the mood at committee meetings.

Hulett called those sayings her “quotable quotes.”

Kilgallin noted that “whether it be selling tickets, helping to prepare a luncheon or playing cards, (Hulett) always does it with a pleasant smile. From what I have been told by members and from what I know personally, (Hulett) is most deserving of the award, is without a doubt truly faithful to the Golden Age Club and will forever be held in the highest esteem by its members.”

Being an active member of the Fort Malden Golden Age Club is something that Hulett said she enjoys and derives a lot of benefit from.

“I have to admit that belonging to the seniors’ club has kept me up and coming,” she said.

Hulett added she enjoys “the people and the pleasure of their company.

“It keeps me involved. I love it.”

The criteria for the Gertie Kilgallin Senior Citizen of the Year award is to present it to a person “who provides or has provided outstanding service and dedication in an effort to enable our senior citizens the opportunity to organize and participate in programs in an atmosphere conducive to their social and individual dignity.”

The award was presented for the 39th time last Thursday evening with previous winners being Alice Spearing (1975), Mary Jones (1976), Rhona DeHetre (1977), Enith Henderson (1978), Edna Jones (1979), Zandra Warren (1980), Bernadette Ong (1981), Ida Bebbington (1982), Edith Pattenden (1983), Bernice Ouellette (1984), Freda Bailey (1985), Orion Wilson (1986), Ruth Snider (1987), Viola Airriess (1988), Leo Labombard (1989), Bernice Lewis (1990), Betty Labombard (1991), Wanita Nye (1992), Lois England (1993), Sister Elodia Gagnier (1994), Marguerite (Miggie) Cornwall (1995), Stanley Anderson (1996), Barbara Robinson (1997), Shirley & Jim McBride (1998), Edith Delmore (1999), Rita Barrette (2000), Mary Paquette (2001), Peggy Wood (2002), Rose Kelly (2003), Madeline Mitchell (2004), Mary Brush (2005), Theresa Owen (2007), Gladys Woodrich (2008), Theresa Bellefleur (2009), Claire Beaudry (2010), Fern Elliott (2011) and Jan Ouellette (2012).

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