As we come out of the pandemic, the importance of volunteers contributing to the well-being of a community has never been more important. Yet the pool of people willing to offer their time is dwindling. We need to find inspirations to show us the way and set the examples for the generations of today and tomorrow. The Canada Day Committee always seeks to accomplish this in recognizing community members as our honorary president. For 2022, the Committee has chosen someone who personifies this dedication, and who at his age, still offers his precious time today to the community. The Canada Day Committee is proud to announce as its honorary president for the 2022 Canada Day celebrations, Mr. Albert Allen.
Albert grew up in Montreal and began his career working as an electrician, eventually becoming a draftsman. He married Sandy Potts in 1965, a love story which continued right up to Sandy’s passing in 2016. Albert and Sandy moved to Deux-Montagnes in 1978, purchasing their house on 16th Avenue from Albert’s parents, a home where Albert continues to live in today.
It is hard to dissociate Albert from Sandy when you talk about their volunteering. For 30+ years, whether it was helping seniors at Manoir St-Eustache, offering food for Meals on Wheels, supporting the various Lions Club activities or helping celebrate Canada Day, Albert and Sandy were always there to give their time and make our community better.
Albert and Sandy continued their volunteerism well beyond Albert’s retirement in 2002. After Sandy’s passing in 2016, Albert continued this legacy by offering his culinary skills for Meals on Wheels. And Albert currently teaches a wood-carving class pro-bono. Albert will certainly be seen at the Canada Day kitchen this year. Albert has always been a do-ers, and because of his dedication to our community, we are all richer for it. The Committee congratulates Albert Allen on his many years of volunteerism and service to our region.