Archive for March 16th, 2023

And the Winner is….

Last evening, at the sold out Cherry Valley Women’s Institute’s Ham Supper, the Athol Receration Committee member Glen Wallis and our Athol Ward Councillor Sam Branderhorst were thrilled to award Dini Kempenaar-Terpstra with the Phil Dodd’s award in recognition of her volunteer service to the community of Athol. Way to go Dini! We thank you and applaud all your hardwork. Dini has been active with the Cherry Vallery Women’s Institute for many, many years and has worked to raise money to support many initiatives in our community.


The late Philip Dodds, nicknamed by those who knew him as ‘Mr. Prince Edward’, joined the Picton Gazette at the age of 18 as a reporter in 1924 and retired as the editor of the paper 42 years later. He was an active supporter of service clubs, events and organizations and is well-known for his promotions of the Picton Fair for more than 20 years.

He is also the editor of the book Athol, Stories of a Township and its People During the Past 132 Years. The book is an invaluable account of local Athol history available for all to read at the library in Picton. He is buried in the Cherry Valley cemetery.

The Phil Dodd’s award is awarded each year to a person who goes above and beyond in supporting and volunteering in their community.

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