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In 2012 the recipient was Mr. Wayne Poapst.
Wayne has been a member of our community since 1951 and has had a very active and colourful career, but more importantly it has been his dedicated volunteer work within the community that we honoured him with this award.
Back in 1978 Wayne was responsible for putting together the first steam show in the area. He has been a member of the fair board these past 19 years and was President in 1995/96. Over the past 15 years Wayne could, and still can be seen with a group of visitors with their walking tour booklets in hand as he escorts them around the village with detailed explanations of just who, what, where and when of life in Merrickville, both past and present. He has been an active member of the Historical Society for many years and has been on the Executive Board since 2005. In the past the Society has received hundreds of enquiries from people from far and wide in search of their ancestry and Wayne has played a very active and important role as the Societies genealogist. Without his dedication and hours of research, there might be a lot more people out there still wondering just who their ancestors were and where their descendants might be today.
We are very proud and honoured to bestow this honourable award to Wayne.
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