Thirty years ago, Alan Asselstine stepped up to volunteer with the Hunt Club Community Association to help with organizing children activities. He hasn’t looked back since.
On Nov. 5, the association recognized him for his volunteer service to the community as director and treasurer as well as his contributions to the naturalization of Sawmill Creek and the soon-to-be completed pedestrian bridge linking the Hunt Club community to the east side of the Airport Parkway.
“He is just pure gold for our community. He is one of those people who give reliable advice and you can count on them,” said John Sankey, president of the Hunt Club Community Association.
The association presented Asselstine with a certificate and granted him lifetime membership in the association.
“He is steady, trustworthy, and always willing to take on the unglamorous but important tasks that make our community a better place to live. I have greatly respected his advice over the years, and I hope I can call him now and then when we’ve a difficult decision to make in the future,” said Sankey.
After 30 years, Asselstine said he hopes he can continue contributing to the association but wants new people to take over from where he has left off.
Seventy-year-old Asselstine said it is the love of his community and the desire to make his community a better place to live that kept him going for all those years.
“I felt it is important to contribute to the community you call home,” said Asselstine.
“We like the community. It is our home and I hope everybody can contribute to make our community a better place.”
While on the association board, Asselstine dealt with different issues that mattered to the community.
“When we first moved in the area, Hunt Club Road didn’t go anywhere; this neighbourhood was quiet and at the edge of the city; but now the road has expanded, and you feel more like you are in the city,” he said.
In the early 1980s, recreation issues were on everybody’s mind; but things have changed now, he said.
“With fewer children, recreation issues have changed to more servicing seniors,” said Asselstine.
“Houses around have matured and children have moved on. There are now more old people than children.”
With the increase of people in the neighbourhood and surrounding communities, Asselstine said traffic congestion on Hunt Club Road continues to be the number one issue.
“We have a serious issue with respect to Hunt Club Road,” he said.
David McGuinty, Ottawa South MP, thanked Asselstine and the board for their continued hard work and dedication to the Hunt Club community.