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Citizen of the Year

Proudly Sponsored By Rotary Club of Wallaceburg

Eligible individuals, in the last five years, include those that:

  • Reside in Wallaceburg or North Kent.
  • Contribute to the development of our community and neighbourhoods to be a great place to work, live, and play.
  • Contribute beyond their professional and elected duties.

Mark Childs [Winner]

Mark Childs, a long time Wallaceburg resident and owner of the Black Goose Grill has a deep history of volunteer work within his community. From the Food Rescue program in 2018 to the Black Gooses soup kitchen during the wake of a pandemic, Mark and his family have worked to ensure that those who need food, get it. In addition to his humanitarian efforts, he also has a longstanding commitment to local sports programming, as a founding member of the Wallaceburg Flag Football League, President of the Defiance Running Club, organizer of the previously run Big Bike, and a previous coach to youth football within Chatham-Kent. Mark has made an effort to carry on the tradition of the Childs family within Wallaceburg and his actions have impacted the community in a meaningful way. Mark has helped keep the community fed and active and his work has touched the lives of those around him.

George Langstaff & Son’s Construction

George Langstaff and Sons construction started in 2002 with George and his sons and a couple of workers and now employs around 10-12 people. Our goal is to be provide a professional service of the highest quality for our customers while maintaining an environment that fosters the professional and personal growth of the individual team member. Our men are trained to use Zoom Booms, work at heights, and WHMIS. We are certified GAF installers for roofing as well. Our company is the only one in Southwestern Ontario that can offer a 6’’ seamless eavestrough, which is a specialty project for those with either commercial needs as well as residential homes that have more than average rooflines.

Harriet Marchand

Harriet Marchand was born in 1921 in Chatham Township off of Eberts Road. She was one of nine children and she raised 5 children and adopted one boy. She found her calling and she loved to help people and it showed. At the age of 99, Harriet has a deep history of volunteerism in the Wallaceburg Area. She has been heavily involved in the Catholic Women’s League, the Holy Family Church, the Knights of Columbus Hall, Minor Lacrosse, Terry Fox Run, and the Wallaceburg Community Centre. From selling 50/50 tickets for various community events, to organizing field trips for youth in the area through the Holy family church, Harriet has been involved in the community in various ways. In addition to her own work, she has actively scouted new volunteers and members for the organizations she worked with and has helped raise funds for various community causes as needed. Harriet has dedicated a great deal of her time to the Wallaceburg area and remains a proud member of the community.