Colleen Butler and Abbey and Owen

Colleen Butler and Abbey and Owen
Posted on 05/14/2020
Every week we celebrate individuals in the SMCDSB community who have been recognized for going above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week we are celebrating Colleen Butler and Abbey and Owen.

Colleen is a mother of three students at Father F.X. O’Reilly Catholic School and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, and is married to a teacher at Monsignor J.E. Ronan Catholic School.  On top of running a small business in the New Tecumseth area, Colleen is alsocolleen butler a member of the Board of Directors at both CLASS in Alliston, and the Adjala Credit Union in Colgan, and is the Chair of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Board in Alliston. Colleen was nominated by her husband who said:

“During this unprecedented time, Colleen has been able to balance caring for our family, ensuring the stability of employees, and be at the helm of a small community hospital during a global pandemic.  She gracefully maintains a sense of normalcy and calm in an otherwise unsettling time.  Armed with her phone, she records and tweets out nightly street-wide dance parties in support of the frontline workers at the hospital as a sign of community support.  I proudly nominate my wife for this recognition.”

Abbey and Owen are students at Monsignor J.E. Ronan Catholic School in Beeton. They were nominated by their mother who said:

"Abbey and Owen decided that ordering flowers, dividing them into abbey and owenlittle bouquets with kind hopeful messages on them would be a great idea to drop off at people's doorsteps in and around the community to bring cheer to others. We piled into the car on a rainy afternoon and ran up to doorsteps as my kids gently placed a bouquet at each address. It was such a heartfelt experience. Even more amazing is that they thought of the idea on their own after seeing other acts of kindness in and around our community. They really made my heart sing. I’m sure many people had a smile on their face.”

We would like to thank Colleen, Abbey and Owen for their incredible effort in helping others during this time.

If you would like to recognize the efforts of someone in the SMCDSB community, please take a moment to fill out our Celebrating SMCDSB Form.