MP honours local constituents with Community Service Medallions and unveils local art


Bowmanville, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, today hosted an open house to recognize several Durham residents who have exemplified extraordinary contributions to the Clarington community through their volunteerism. O’Toole also unveiled the fourth in a series of local art exhibits by a talented local artist for display on the walls of O’Toole’s constituency office in the historic Balmoral Building in Bowmanville.

“This is the time of year when we are ever-mindful of how fortunate we are and our volunteers are vital in nurturing this spirit of giving in our communities. Much of what makes Clarington such a wonderful place to live is the result of the hard work done behind the scenes by these humble citizens,” said MP O’Toole. “These three individuals have given decades of their lives to improve the lives of others in their community and the greater world beyond.”

MP O’Toole presented Community Service Medallions to Mary Tillcock, Kay Buttery and Jim Coombes in front of family and friends. MP O’Toole created the special Community Service Medallion in 2013 to salute exceptional volunteers and leaders from Durham who make significant contributions to our area, to Canada or the world.

This open house also showcased the unveiling of the fourth series of local art by Bowmanville artist, David Gillespie. Featured original artwork and photography by constituents is exhibited on the walls of the constituency office and this replaces the former outgoing pieces by three Scugog artists.

“One of my passions as the Member of Parliament for Durham is highlighting the amazing people and talent we have in our community,” said MP O’Toole. “Bowmanville and Port Perry – these are my hometowns and I am proud to promote and support the communities around Durham. I try to use my role to actively promote our local artists and groups as much as possible.”

Community Service Medallion Recipients; Kay Buttery, Jim Coombes, Mary Tillcock

Community Service Medallion Recipients; Kay Buttery, Jim Coombes, Mary Tillcock

Quick Facts

  • Mary TillcockIn 1980, when Terry Fox ran through Bowmanville for Terry’s Marathon of Hope, Mary drove the car behind him, while volunteers collected donations through the car’s windows from the people that lined the streets. Mary’s fundraising efforts for Terry have lived on to create her own legacy for successfully organizing Clarington’s Terry Fox Run for 35 years.
  • Jim CoombesHas volunteered for nearly sixty years as a volunteer with Durham East 4-H, Bowmanville Lions Club, Sight First Blind Leader Dogs, Big Brothers & Sisters, Cancer Society, Tyro Leader, Victoria/Durham Sheep Producers, and is an active member of St. Paul’s United Church. He is the quintessential community volunteer who lives the 4-H pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.
  • Kay Buttery – Kay is the best example of the thousands of volunteers that we have throughout our community; giving to others and supporting them in their time of need is something that she has worked into her everyday. She is a very active member of Trinity United Church, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (Clarington) and Doors Open Clarington
  • David B. Gillespie – David is an established Canadian artist whose handmade, original works range from high realism in the form of landscapes and architecture, to vibrant and inspiring abstracts. As one of a relatively small number of artists who use the serigraph, or silk screen process, to create original prints, David ensures that each image he creates is a unique expression of his original sketch. His portfolio has attracted the attention of collectors, both private and corporate and his talents have been showcased locally in his collaborative work with the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, the Clarington Public Library and the Museums and Archives of Clarington.
David Gillespie, with proud daughter Alana

David Gillespie, with proud daughter Alana

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