Jim Belluz was honoured as the 2017 Senior of the Year in La Vallee during the township's annual Christmas party held Sunday at the Devlin Hall.
Reeve Ken McKinnon presented the award, noting volunteerism is a key requirement for receiving it.
Belluz certainly filled this requirement with abundance.
He has been on the volunteer fire department, as well as sat on the arena board, Northwestern Health Unit, the local District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB), and the Rainy River Future Development Corp.'s board.
Belluz also as a municipal council for 20 years.
He continues to perform duties as the “fence viewer" and "livestock” valuer for the township.
Belluz is one to make himself available to discuss any issue with anyone requiring direction. This is one the many things he had gained respect for.
And how appropriate that Belluz was presented this award at the annual municipal Christmas party as for many years, he would work hand in hand with Norbert Bragg at the Christmas party to give sleigh rides to all.
And his “star role” just might be as Santa Claus!
Congratulations to Jim, from your community and the entire Rainy River District, for the vital role that you play.