Local Marine Heritage Society volunteer receives prestigious June Callwood award

Vicki Tomori, a dedicated member of the Marine Heritage Society (MHS) in Saugeen Shores since 1997, was recently honoured with the prestigious June Callwood ‘Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism’ by Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

photo submitted – Vicki Tomori (2nd R) with MPP Rick Byers

Rick Byers, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, presented the special award at a ceremony celebrating community service. He underscored the vital role of volunteerism along the Lake Huron coast and recognized many long-time community service members, culminating in the presentation of the Callwood Award to Tomori who was surrounded by friends and members of the Marine Heritage Society.

Tomori is the MHS’s longest-serving original volunteer member still actively involved in daily hands-on activities involved with the Marine Heritage Society, and its on-going preservation of the Chantry Island Lighthouse and the marine heritage of Lake Huron.

The award, named after esteemed journalist and community advocate June Callwood, was presented in recognition of Tomori’s leadership roles, innovation, and other contributions to the MHS and preservation of the marine heritage of the community of Southampton (ON).