Don Trivett’s tireless volunteer spirit earned him the nickname ‘Mr. Sidney’ and he lived up to that moniker for more than 40 years.
For his outstanding community support and making the community a better place to live, Trivett was awarded the first Mayor’s Community Builder Award by the Town of Sidney. The ceremony took place in Beacon Park on June 30.
The award honours and recognizes an outstanding individual who has provided long-term initiative and leadership in the development of the community of Sidney.
A commemorative plaque outlining his achievements was unveiled during the ceremony and will be placed in the garden area surrounding the Beacon Park Pavilion.
Sidney Days, originally run by the Sidney Festival Society, dates back to 1921 and was very popular in the 1960s and ‘70s. The festival fell on hard times in the early ‘80s and in 1983, under the energetic and dedicated direction of Trivett, the society was reorganized, changing its name to the Peninsula Celebrations Society.
“The Town of Sidney and friends of Don Trivett celebrate his many contributions to Sidney including the concept of the Peninsula Celebrations Society,” said Sidney Mayor Larry Cross.
“How great it is that we’re able to celebrate the contribution of Don Trivett, not only to Sidney, but to the Peninsula community as well,” said Hewitt Helmsing, former PCS member.
“It was the energetic leadership and vision of Don Trivett who seemed to expand the role of the society, develop the Peninsula Celebrations Society and made it a Peninsula opportunity for everyone to celebrate. Don grew the organization tirelessly, raised funds and chased down bands and floats so that we would have some of the greatest parades around this part of the province.
“Today we say thank you to him in a very special way with the placing of this plaque in his honour.”