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‘Lion Sharon’ an Ontario Senior of the Year Award winner

GRAVENHURST — You don’t need 20-20 vision to see where work needs to be done in the community.

Mayor Donaldson, Sharon Morton and Sherri Helsdingen, co-ordinator of volunteer services with the CNIB and Morton’s dog Diva.

Mayor Donaldson, Sharon Morton and Sherri Helsdingen, co-ordinator of volunteer services with the CNIB and Morton’s dog Diva.

Sharon Morton is blind and she can see 100 per cent.

Tuesday, at the Mayor’s Tea, Gravenhurst resident Morton received an Ontario Senior of the Year Award for 2017.

On behalf of the province, Mayor Paisley Donaldson made the presentation.

The Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality the opportunity to honour one outstanding local person who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

“Ms. Morton has been, and continues to be an active participant of the community since making Gravenhurst her permanent home in 1997, but has been a part of our community as a cottager since 1955,” said Donaldson in making the announcement.

While Morton lost her eyesight at an early age, it has not held her back from being a champion in her community.

As a founding member of the CNIB Simcoe Ambassador Team, Sharon has volunteered her time to help others adjust to living with sight loss and has worked to educate the greater community about accessibility challenges and changing typical stereotypes.

An active Lions Club member, Morton served as club president in Bala for five terms and will begin her second term as Lions Club president in Gravenhurst this year.

Her involvement with the Lions Club has provided her the opportunity to volunteer her time on several worthy community projects.

“Through her many activities with the CNIB Simcoe-Muskoka to her involvement over the years with the Gravenhurst Lions Club and the municipality’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Sharon has definitely had a very positive impact on this community,” said Donaldson.

“Gravenhurst is very fortunate to have so many volunteers and we are extremely proud to be presenting this award in conjunction with the Province of Ontario’s recognition program, especially on the same day that we recognize the contribution of all seniors in Gravenhurst through the Mayor’s Tea.”

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