The Story of Aldershot, authored in 2007 by Edwin Broadus, recounts the series of events that led to the amalgamation of the village with the Town of Burlington in 1958.
However, the concluding paragraph emphasizes that Aldershot will always keep its identity because of its people who care about where they live and about others who live there with them.
Broadus also says schools and churches provided much of the glue for the community by bringing people together to work for common goals.
Four individuals, who have demonstrated leadership, vision and creativity in their contributions, were honored recently by having their names added to the Aldershot Community Honour Roll.
Over a period of 18 years husband Joe and her four daughters Allie, Jordana, Caroline and Maya helped Joanna Baumgartner foster more than 50 babies, who have been negatively affected because their mothers used drugs or alcohol.
If that isn’t enough Baumgartner set up a non-profit mission to Haiti at her personal expense to offer help with food, medicine and education.
During the past five years, she helped to develop six schools, provided water purification systems and set up basic health clinics in the city of Ouanaminthe, located in the northeast corner of the one of the poorest countries in the world, very close to the border with the Dominican Republic.
A parishioner of Holy Rosary Church, Baumgartner also worked closely with retiree Roy White to plant and nurture flower gardens in front of the Plains Road house of worship, adding to the beauty of Aldershot.
John Creary has volunteered as a coach, referee and mentor with both the Burlington Youth Soccer Club and Burlington Lions-Optimist Minor Hockey Association for the last decade.
Creary belongs to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and has been a youth group leader for eight years.
He has worked with the 3rd Aldershot Group as a leader for Beavers and Cubs and has been secretary and fund-raising co-ordinator for a decade.
What does he do in his spare time? The Grade 7 and 8 students who have learned to cook through the Aldershot Youth Kitchen program know all about that, as well as the folks at Aldershot high school, where he supported the Aldershot Seat Yourself initiative for renovations to the auditorium.
Catherine Brady Started ‘Dream Girls’, a women’s group providing anonymous financial support to individuals and groups in need in Aldershot and Burlington.
The women get together quarterly, each donates $50 and they find a worthy cause to support. Brady, who has lived in Aldershot for only eight years, said 85 per cent of the money has gone right back into to the Aldershot community.
Brady didn’t let any grass grow under her feet when she moved to the area. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central and the Art Gallery of Burlington Foundation Board and past cabinet member of the Hamilton-Burlington United Way.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Community Foundation, Brady stepped to the forefront to help raise funds two summers ago for victims of the flood that hit the east part of the city following a sudden heavy rainfall.
Sophie Look-Achoy has followed in Baumgartner’s footsteps with two medical mission trips to Jamaica and El Salvador during her years as a student at the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science
A talented musician, she tutored children on the piano at the Our Kids Network Community Hub during her four years at Nelson high school;.
To cheer up senior citizens, Look-Achoy played the flute every month at the Hampton Terrace Nursing Home
A former Junior Citizen of the Year, she also was honored by Holy Rosary Church for her efforts as an altar server, lector and organizer of Christmas concerts and was a youth ambassador for Burlington Transit at her school.
Fittingly, the ceremony was held at Geraldo’s in the old LaSalle Park Pavilion, which has been the hub of the old village ever since a wharf was built into Burlington Bay there in the 19th century.
It is also believed to be a landing spot for the explorer René-Robert Cavelier de LaSalle, who himself was a great leader and helped expand the French fur trade into Lake Ontario.

Written by: Denis Gibbons

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