MOREWOOD – With more than 300 community members gathered not far from his doorstep, there was no better time to surprise North Dundas’ latest Community Builder Award honouree.

The scene played out during the inaugural Meet Me On Main Street event in Morewood last week (Wed., July 5).

Mayor Eric Duncan took the event’s stage to welcome the massive crowd, and before exiting he announced Bill Smirle as this year’s recipient.

Like the award winners before him, Smirle has a lengthy resume thanks to his work within the community.

Some of the highlights include his time on North Dundas council, the township’s fire department, the Morewood Recreation Association, South Nation Conservation, the Morewood Remembrance Day committee, the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce, the Dundas Federation of Agriculture, both the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board of directors and the foundation’s board, and the Dundas Manor board, to name just a few.

He also received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and later this summer will receive the Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry Canada 150 Service Medal.

Smirle will be formally honoured during a ceremony this fall.


Bill Smirle (sixth from left) was announced as North Dundas’ next Community Builder Award recipient during the inaugural Meet Me On Main Street event Wed., July 5. Also pictured are Councillor Tony Fraser, Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry MP Guy Lauzon, councillors John Thompson and Al Armstrong, Mayor Eric Duncan, Nancy Smirle, past award winners Marie Cousineau (standing in for her late husband Claude), Joe Cass, Stan and Betty Vanden Bosch, and Deputy-Mayor Gerry Boyce. Susan Sloane photo