Rev. Elliott, a true Senior of Distinction

Commitment to community recognized

Karen Wells editor@pilotnl.ca
Published on June 15, 2011
Reverend Arthur Elliott was amongst the seven distinguished seniors from throughout the province to be recognized with a Seniors of Distinction Award. Pictured are (front, from left) May Bartlett Smith, Lillian Parsons, Eileen Hann, Aneitha Sheaves; (back) Health and Community Services Minister Jerome Kennedy, Major William Tilley, Rev. Elliott, Albert Dober and Keith Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services. Photo courtesy of Department of Health and Community Services

LEWISPORTE — As a pillar of the community, Reverend Arthur Elliott has made a significant impact not only in his spiritual guidance of the community, but as an advocate for social, health and economic issues for Lewisporte and the region as a whole.

LEWISPORTE — As a pillar of the community, Reverend Arthur Elliott has made a significant impact not only in his spiritual guidance of the community, but as an advocate for social, health and economic issues for Lewisporte and the region as a whole.

On June 1 Rev. Elliott was recognized for his contributions at the 2011 Seniors of Distinction Awards. He was one of seven individuals (selected from a pool of 123 nominees) from across the province to receive the award.

“The seven men and women honoured today represent the very best in community involvement, dedication and participation and have been recognized for their continued work in their communities,” said Health and Community Services Minister Jerome Kennedy. “Seniors throughout Newfoundland and Labrador help make positive contributions to our communities and our province.”

 

Nomination

Rev. Elliott was nominated by the Town of Lewisporte, with letters of support coming from Mayor Brian Peckford and Lewisporte and Area Chamber of Commerce president Maisie Clark.

The accomplishments and community contributions of Rev. Elliott were highlighted, especially those over the last number of years where he has played an integral role in seeing the successful conclusion on a number of important and varied files that directly impact the area.

He has been on the front lines of promoting the necessity of a one-roof health care centre; lobbying for the retention of the Sir Robert Bond on the Lewisporte to Labrador Coastal Service; spearheading the campaign to prevent the loss of the X-ray and laboratory services; and promoting the concept of regional cooperation.

In the past he was been one of the founders for a number of important community initiatives in Lewisporte including the development of North Haven Manor and the Calypso Foundation.

He continues to serve a vital role for many groups and organizations. Currently Rev. Elliott is the chairperson of the Lewisporte Area Economic Development Committee and is the nominee of the Chamber to the board of directors of the Gander International Airport Authority.

In relaying some of the involvements of Rev. Elliott, it should be noted that this is an overview and not all inclusive of his contributions. Space would not permit to list them all, but know that they are numerous. What makes his contributions even more noteworthy is that the majority of this has been a volunteer effort.

In his working career, Rev. Elliott has done everything from being a prison guard to coal salvager. He has been a principal and Minister with The United Church of Canada.

 

True pillar

In supporting the nomination for Rev. Elliott, Mayor Peckford noted him as being “a true pillar of our community.”

“Long after his retirement from the pulpit he has continually provided unending support, comfort and compassion to families in times of need,” the Mayor stated.

While noting the important contributions of Rev. Elliott, he concluded the nomination by stating, “Rev. Arthur Elliot is a retired United Church minister but when he retired his community advocacy work just began and it continues to this day. He has made a positive impact on individual lives as well as the community as a whole and it is because of this unselfish dedication, commitment and devotion that I offer my most earnest and heartfelt support of his nomination.”

Ms. Clark was equally as complimentary towards Rev. Elliott, stating his involvement with a variety of community groups, including three and a half years as president of the Lewisporte and Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Art believes in the success of the Lewisporte Area and is a great advocate for business,” she wrote. “He promoted local success heroes and encourages young entrepreneurs.

“He is not afraid to speak out and fight for what he believes in and encourages others to do the same.”

 

Appreciation

Rev. Elliott attended the June 7 Lewisporte Town Council meeting to express his appreciation of the nomination in person.

“I am humbled by your nomination and I am humbled by the honour,” he said.

When he was first approached to consider allowing himself to be nominated, Rev. Elliott admits he was hesitant.

“Anyone who is involved in volunteer work is not involved for the recognition,” he said.

Rev. Elliott said when he spoke at the awards ceremony he began by recalling the effort being made to reverse the decision to remove x-ray and laboratory services from Lewisporte. He recalled hearing Minister Kennedy’s voice on the phone saying, “Art, let’s talk.”

While Rev. Elliott’s involvement in the movement to save the lab and x-ray was key, he noted that this and any other initiatives he has worked on have involved the contributions of others as well.

“These awards are not given in isolation,” said Rev. Elliott. “Behind the award there are the Perry Pond’s and the Brian Peckford’s and everyone who has been involved on these initiatives with me over the years.”

Mayor Peckford reiterated when speaking on behalf of council and all of Lewisporte, that the award was well deserved by Rev. Elliott.

“You were not just chosen, you earned it.”

 

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