8:30 a.m., July 11)
Cumberland town councillor given double honour
By Fred Sherwin
Former Cumberland town councillor Linda Dunn
recently visited the new park named in her
honour with her grandson Grayson. Photo supplied
councillor, community builder, Sunday School teacher,
Brownie and Girl Guide leader, amateur actress, community
bulletin editor, Navan Fair Board member, Cumberland Heritage
Village Museum volunteer... Linda Dunn has worn a lot
of hats over the years.
June she was recognized for her many contributions with
not one, but two honours. First she had a park named after
her, and then she was given a spot on the Cumberland Community
Builders Wall in Navan along with this year's other inductees.
was all a bit overwhelming for the unassuming Dunn, who
first moved to Cumberland in 1974 with her husband John.
The couple settled on Brichgrove Road near the village
began her life of community service as a Sunday School
teacher and a Brownie and Girl Guide leader in Bearbrook
and Carlsbad Springs. After her two sons Andy and Chris
were born, she co-founded the Navan Nursery School. She
also enjoyed working at the Cumberland Museum as a volunteer
and a member of the Cumberland Township Historical Society.
served on the Navan Fair Board for almost 20 years as
education, food booth and entertainment directors. Prior
to getting elected to town council she served as the editor
and publisher of the Cumberland Communique.
successfully won a seat on town council in 1986 in a byelection
and served for nearly six years. Her proudest achievement
during those years was the establishment of the township's
blue box program, the first of its kind in a rural township
retiring six years ago, Dunn joined the Navan Women's
Institute. She also continued her volunteerism at the
Navan Fair as emcee of the opening ceremonies and director
of the Kid's Zone and spends as much time with her six
grandchildren as possible.
of which earned her a spot on the Navan Community Builders
Wall with a number of other community leaders including
Verna Cotton, Joyce Bradley,
hearing the news that she was being included on the Community
Builders Wall, Dunn says she was "stunned".
was a total surprise. To be included on the wall with
all those other wonderful women is a real honour,"
says Dunn, who had a park named in her honour earlier
in the year.
official naming ceremony was supposed to take place on
June 28, but it had to be postponed due to heavy rain.
Despite the cancellation, Dunn has been able to take all
six of her grandchildren to the park which is located
on Celeste Way in Fallingbrook South.
kids are already calling it 'Grandma's Park'," says
Dunn. "It's a very nice park. It has an active area
with a play structure for the kids and it has a passive
area where the kids can run around and grandma can just
sit and watch them. It even has a pond where kids can
search for bugs and stuff."
by the recent accolades that have come her way, Dunn says
her years of community service have been a natural byproduct
of her wanting to assimilate to her new surroundings after
moving to Cumberland from her native Alberta in 1973.
we moved here from out west we didn't really know anyone
so getting involved was just a natural thing to do. Looking
back, we got so much more out of the experience than we
ever could have expected. We're so so grateful for having
moved to Cumberland and for all the friendships we've
made over the years. It's truly been a blessing,"
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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