Frank and Sarah Hartman recognized by town for countless community contributions

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Couple nominated as family volunteer

They may not be Canadians yet, but theyre definitely Parrsboronians.

Since first coming here from the United States in 2002, Frank and Sarah Hartman have been active volunteers for numerous local projects and organizations, and for this the Town of Parrsboro has recognized them by submitting their nomination for the provincial Sobeys Family Volunteer Award.

Frank and Sarah Hartman recognized by town for countless community contributions

They may not be Canadians yet, but theyre definitely Parrsboronians.

Since first coming here from the United States in 2002, Frank and Sarah Hartman have been active volunteers for numerous local projects and organizations, and for this the Town of Parrsboro has recognized them by submitting their nomination for the provincial Sobeys Family Volunteer Award.

Its exciting, but we dont do things for the recognition, said Mr. Hartman. We do them because we enjoy doing them, because we care, and for the love of the community.

From Braintree, Mass., a suburb of Boston, the couple first came to this area in March of 2002 when they purchased a home in Diligent River. They were freshly retired, and wanted to contribute to their new community. They would soon have their chance.

As new members of the Shore Drive Community Development Association, they quickly became involved with an effort to rebuild a neighbours home that had been destroyed by fire.

It was our first time in Canada, and we were able to help someone, he said.

While the couple had been quite involved with their church in Braintree, and Mr. Hartman had been a town representative, they also both worked full-time and did not have as much free time .

Upon coming here they wanted to make the most of their time, and help make a positive difference in areas where they saw a need.

You can see it more in a small town, how much needs to be done by volunteers because there is not as much tax money to pay for it, said Mrs. Hartman.

Over the years they have been active with such groups as the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade, the Parrsboro Radio Society, the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, the Parrsboro Lions Club, the Parrsboro and Area Food Bank and countless others.

In many of these groups they have participated together, often with Mr. Hartman taking on a lead role such as chairman or president, and Mrs. Hartman in the secretarys position.

We work together very well, he said. We support each other.

Mrs. Hartman described her husband as more of the leader type and herself as a helper.

Coming to this area has seen them take part in activities that they never dreamed they would find themselves in, such as the local community radio station, which they joined after meeting Ross Robinson a few years ago.

Theres so many opportunities we have had in this area that we never would have had back in the States, whether we had the time for it or not, said Mr. Hartman. It all comes back to the town and the people. If we can make a positive difference, I guess its OK.

Permanent residents since 2005, the Hartmans, who now live in Parrsboro, can become eligible for Canadian citizenship in 2009

Both seem humbled by the recognition from the town, but appreciative that someone feels their contributions have been worthwhile.

When you see things getting done and youre a part of it and it ends up being good for the community, you feel good about yourself, he said. Were not looking for recognition or fame or glory, we just see things that have to be done and we step up and do it.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Shore Drive Community Development Association, Parrsboro and District Board of Trade, Parrsboro Radio Society Parrsborough Shore Historical Society Parrsboro Lions Club Area Food Bank

Geographic location: Parrsboro, United States, Braintree, Mass. Boston Diligent River Canada Braintree

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