Grimsby Newspapers
Good Citizen Award Presented by Lions
Grimsby Independent, 18 Mar 1943, p. 1

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18 Mar 1943
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16 March 1943
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Ballard, J. Allan, Rev.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Grimsby Lions Club at their semi-monthly dinner meeting in the Village Inn on Tuesday evening, presented their yearly Good Citizenship Award, and the choice this year will no doubt meet with the approval of every resident of this district. Three unknown judges, one a member of the Lions and two non-members, made the selection and they unanimously granted the Award to Rev. J. Allan Ballard, the beloved and much respected Rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. Lion Fred Jewson introduced Rev. Neil Leckie to make the speech of presentation and that cultured gentleman in his usual eloquent manner did full justice to his subject. In part Mr. Leckie said, "Mr. Ballard is being given this Award because he has well earned it. While he has had the Freedom of the Town for years, this is the first time that he has been publicly recognized." "I have heard," he continued, "words of kindness and encouraging praise for Mr. Ballard. In his service to the people of this district he has been a Prophet who has demanded Righteousness as opposed to wrong. He has been a teacher to you all. He had been a Shepherd of his People and a friend to all. Ask him about the sick, weary and unfortunate in his Parish. He knows all about them. He also possesses the delicate quality of humor which enriches his life and all those with whom he comes in contact. His honor is well deserved." Mayor Edric S. Johnson, in a few well chosen words in which he described a few of the good deeds that the Reverend gentleman had performed among the people, pinned the Lions Medal on Mr. Ballard's coat lapel. Dr. Donald Clarke, for many years a friend and lawn bowling partner of Mr. Ballard, in a reminiscent vein told of a few happy incidents of the by-gone days, one being the time that Mr. Ballard and the late Rev. John Muir (Presbyterian Church) bowled against the late A.G. Pettit and himself on the private bowling green at Mr. Pettit's home, a series of five 21 end games with the two teams only being separated by three points at the end of aggregate play. Mr. Ballard came to Old St. Andrew's as Vicar in February 1905 - 38 years ago - and since that time has endeared himself to all who have ever met him. His work among the people of all classes and denominations has been tremendous, but always in an unostentatious manner and little was ever heard if it. He was born at Burford, Ontario, in Brant County where he began his studies. He proceeded to Upper Canada College, thence to Trinity where he graduated in Theology in 1894.

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Good Citizen Award Presented by Lions