Lifetime Achievement, Mike & Aileen Dean
This year’s panel of judges elected to recognize Mike and Aileen Dean with a special award for Lifetime Achievement.
They have had a substantial presence in the business community. For over two decades they operated a successful marina business on Stoney and Clear Lakes. It was from here that Mike initiated and organized the first fire service for island cottages on Stoney, until municipal services became available. Early in his career Mike owned a construction business. Both have been successful real estate agents for decades, most recently with RE/MAX Eastern Realty.
The broader community has also benefited immensely in many ways. One of their nominators referred to them as, “Mr. & Mrs. Lakefield.”
Aileen, has been involved with the Lakefield and Selwyn Women’s Institutes since the seventies, including collaboration on a book of “Environmentally Friendly Household Hints” that generated over $24,000 that the WI used for community initiatives.
Mike, was on the Board of Directors for the then “Lakefield Chamber of Commerce” when they expanded their service to businesses beyond the tourism sector; and he arranged for a bank loan and supervised the building of the first Chamber office. He was one of five who started teaching the Lakefield community about recycling. They built three bin dumpsters at the train station and maintained them for six years until the municipal recycling program started.
Together, Aileen and Mike have been extremely active in the Lakefield Horticultural Society for close to 40 years, and were instrumental in beginning and maintaining the hanging baskets and Village gardens. For 30 years they secured dealers and organized logistics for the Society’s popular Antique Sale & Flower Show. One day a week, for 12 years, they along with one other volunteer prepared and served breakfast at Ridpath school to about 80 students.
In 1951 when Mike arrived from England, Lakefield was to be a short stop before heading to Vancouver. Lucky for all of us, he decided to stay and three years later he married Aileen. Ever since, this powerhouse couple has devoted an immense amount of time and energy to many aspects of community betterment.
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