Mayor Bob Sweet (left) and Councillor James Carmody (right) presented the 2016 Ontario Senior Achievement Award to Victor Jackson on June 6. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Victor Jackson awarded 2016 Ontario Senior Achievement Award

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016

The impact Victor Jackson has made on the community through his volunteer efforts is beyond measure.

With the enthusiasm and energy of someone a fraction of his age, the 87-year-old has plunged himself into numerous projects with the goal of bettering the community and helping those within it. Solely through his work with the Petawawa Heritage Society, he has helped turn around the museum and bring history to life, capturing the town’s yesteryear so that younger generations may learn and enjoy.

For this, as well as his constant willingness to help, he received the 2016 Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

It was officially presented to him on June 7 by Petawawa council. “I certainly can’t think of a better person to give this award to,” said Mayor Bob Sweet as he presented Jackson with the award.

There are a number of reasons Jackson was chosen as the recipient of this distinction. He has worked tirelessly to better the community, devoting himself with single minded purpose for decades. His efforts have touched countless people, whether by volunteering for the Lung Association, with the 2642 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) Army Cadet Corps or at the Petawawa Heritage Society.

“I always admired his get up and go in the community,” said nominator Councillor James Carmody. “He’s a real go-getter and enjoys community projects. He is somebody that people can look up to.”

As he accepted the award in front of his family, Jackson had a list of people to thank, pointing out that no one gets to where they are without the support of others. “At least, I don’t,” he said.

He began volunteering in the 50s with the March of Dimes, and never stopped. Even after expending so much effort for so long, he never considered his volunteering a chore or burden, but rather a fun thing for him to do. “I’ve enjoyed it all,” said Jackson.

According to the province’s official website, the Ontario Senior Achievement Award “recognizes seniors over the age of 65 who have made significant contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities in any field or endeavour.”