Chad De Jong crowned with 2016 Good Neighbour Award in South Dundas; Mike Barkley to be recognized Feb. 14 as North Dundas recipient

Chad De Jong receives his Good Neighbour Award in Morrisburg, earlier this week.

MORRISBURG—Linking Hands, in conjunction with both Dundas County municipalities, is in the process of presenting the 2016 Good Neighbour Award plaques.

The South Dundas winner, Chad De Jong, was presented with his plaque during the Tuesday, Feb. 7 council meeting in Morrisburg.

“Our Community Connectivity Working Group organized the Dundas County Good Neighbour Award several years ago to recognize those individuals who put forth enormous effort to make life better for their neighbours

and for their communities,” Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “This year, our judges unanimously chose Chad De Jong to be South Dundas’s Good Neighbour for 2016.”

Casselman read a short excerpt from the nomination letter submitted by Amy Griffin and Barb Scott, former members of the Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee.

“Chad De Jong and his family have gone above and beyond their volunteer duties,” the letter stated.

Chad was congratulated by both mayor Evonne Delegarde and her council colleagues, as well as several staff members on site during the meeting.

De Jong’s North Dundas counterpart is Mike Barkley. Barkley is set to receive his Good Neighbour Award at the Tuesday, Feb. 14 North Dundas Township council meeting in Winchester.

This year’s nominees included: Inez Bilmer, Chad De Jong, Jim Girard, and Lietta Tousaw for South Dundas; and Mike Barkley, Wayne Burns and Ron Derraugh for North Dundas. There were no nominees for the youth awards.

South Dundas’s past winners included Ross Bennett (2013/2014) and David Lapier (2015), while North Dundas’ past winners were Betty Hall (2013/2014) and Elva Patterson-Rutters (2015).

For more information on this or other Linking Hands projects, phone 613-989-3830 or email at Information can also be found on our website ( or by following the organization on Facebook.

Linking Hands is a non-profit initiative dedicated to reducing poverty in Dundas County. It is directed by a community-led steering committee — with sub-committee working groups that focus on a variety of projects from the Green Food Box, Garden Guides, Lunch and Learn, Tea and Talk, and more.


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