Community champions recognized at a special ceremony


Community pride shone brightly at the Municipality’s first-ever Community Builder Awards ceremony. Family, friends and council members gathered at Almonte’s Old Town Hall on Thursday August 25th to celebrate the outstanding efforts, actions and achievements of Al Potvin, Jane Torrance and Sherryl Smith, and their significant and profound contributions to life at Mississippi Mills.

The Mississippi Mills Community Awards were created to recognize and honor individuals for their impact on life in the municipality. Nominations were invited in April and each form required two letters of support detailing the nominee’s recent or ongoing activities or contributions.

“It is an absolute privilege to honor these individuals who serve as an example for all of us, teaching us to give of our time, talents and ourselves as gifts for the greater good of our community” , said Mayor Christa Lowry, Municipality. of Mississippi Mills.

Al-Potvin was recognized for his tireless commitment to making the community a better and healthier place to live, work and raise a family. He has dedicated decades of his life to maintaining and transforming his Carss Street property into a community space. After carefully choosing a developer to pursue his vision for the property, Al created an incredible legacy by donating $1 million to support Mississippi Mills youth with proceeds from the sale of the land. Read Mayor Lowry’s full remarks here.

Jane Torrance has spent the past three decades demonstrating his commitment to the welfare of Mississippi Mills and its people through his countless contributions to community organizations and projects. Having worn many hats over the years, she has been described as a “leader”, “Puppets Up!” Mastermind”, “tireless volunteer” and “community cheerleader”; not to mention that the Advisor, Lawyer and Bagpiper extraordinaire can be added to the roster. Read Mayor Lowry’s full remarks here.

Described as a tireless community advocate and a bold and compelling leader, Sheryl Smith is driven by her desire to help people. As a trained nurse, she was a practitioner, educator, policy maker and builder of networks designed to facilitate access to resources. In 2015, she co-founded Bridging Generations, an organization whose aim is to advocate for Pakenham to become an age-friendly community. Read Mayor Lowry’s full remarks here.

Nominations for the 2023 Mississippi Mills Community Awards will open in January and will include five categories: Outstanding Elder, Outstanding Volunteer, Inspirational Youth, Community Builder and Key to the Municipality. For more information, visit:

Or contact: Shannon Gutoskie, Mississippi Mills Communications Coordinator, 613-256-2064 ext. 208, [email protected]


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