He has been at the Summer Olympics, world track and field championships, Pan Am Games, World University Student Games, Canada Games and more. He has met such track and field stars as Grey Joy, Dwight Stones and Donovan Bailey. He holds the highest level of qualification in track jump events. And this July he will be at the Pan Am Games in Toronto as the jumps referee.
Yes, Barclay Frost of Munster is one of Canada’s top track and field jumps referees and last Friday he was recognized for his volunteer service with the Athletics Ontario Officials Council (East Region).
He received a 40 year service award at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremony which was held at the Tudor Hall in Ottawa last Friday, June 5. He was one of 358 residents of Ottawa and area to receive an Ontario Volunteer Service Award at this ceremony or a similar one on the evening before.
These awards are presented to acknowledge certain service milestones, from 5 years through to 60 years. Indeed, for Barclay, while he received a 40 year service award, he really has been involved as a volunteer with the Athletics Ontario Officials Council for 48 years. Only two more years and he will be eligible for a 50 year service award.
And Barclay, who turned 74 years old last Saturday, has no plans on slowing down. Not only will he be refereeing at the Pam Am Games and Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer, but he is fully planning on being available for the Canadian track and field championships being held in Ottawa in 2017 and the subsequent Para Games in 2018.
Barclay also continues to be an active volunteer with the Ottawa Sports Award which honours the top amateur athletes and teams from the Ottawa area each year. He has served with the organizing committee for 11 years now.
Barclay received his volunteer service award last Friday from Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren who presented all of the awards at the Friday ceremony.
In his remarks at the event, Mr. MacLaren praised the award recipients for their contributions to their communities as volunteers. He said that a community is only as strong as its volunteers, noting that it is volunteers and their efforts which make a community strong.
Besides honouring Barclay Frost, the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremony last Friday also saw Volunteer Service Awards presented to several Stittsville and area residents.
Ray Smale, who lives on Mansfield Road near Munster, received a 25 year Volunteer Service Award for his 25 years of involvement as a volunteer with Supply Chain Management Association Ontario.
Ray began with the organization when it started 25 years ago when it had no budget and no staff. The organization now has a three and a half million dollar budget with a number of staff.
Supply Chain Management Association Ontario is a professional association involving supply chain management professionals. It awards the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional designation under the authorization of provincial legislation. It handles standards setting, accreditation and the continuing professional development of its members. The organization delivers a range of leadership and skills development programs and educational offerings including its professional designation program.
Stuart Belson of Stittsville received a 20 year Volunteer Service Award for his involvement with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary.
Patti Hallman and Liisa Hayman of Stittsville, who are both involved with the Girl Guides of Canada, both received five year Volunteer Service Awards.
Alicia Leung of Stittsville received a Youth Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer efforts with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Auxiliary.
Among those receiving Volunteer Service Awards at the ceremony on Thursday evening, June 4 were Steve Horan of Ashton for ten years of volunteer service with the Carleton Place Soccer Club; Murray Doggett of Stittsville for five years of volunteer service with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society; and Julia Orr of Richmond who received a Youth Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer work with the Carleton Place Soccer Club.
Altogether, these Ontario Volunteer Service Awards presented on June 4 and June 5 honoured volunteers who collectively have contributed over 5,000 hours of volunteer service to various organizations.
The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards is one of the programs honouring Ontario citizens operated by the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Other programs include the Order of Ontario, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, the Ontario medal for Young Volunteers, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism and the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for Students.