Surrounded by family and friends, Conrad Byers was named the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade's Citizen of the Year last Saturday evening at a banquet held in his honour at the Royal Canadian Legion in Parrsboro.
Wearing many hats as sea cadet, teacher, historian, sea captain, author and volunteer, Byers was added another hat on Saturday when presentations were made to him by Bill Casey MP on behalf of Canada's Parliament, Minister of Economic and Rural Development Murray Scott on behalf of the province, Parrsboro's Mayor Doug Robinson and the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade's chair Frank Hartman, all in recognition of being chosen as the 2009 Citizen of the Year.
Guest speakers at the banquet included Kerwin Davison, Bruce Graham, Bill Kempt and Don Allison, all of whom reminded those in attendance just how vital Byers is to the community with his thirst for knowledge of Parrsboro's history. Byers has gathered photographs and documented events that involve decades upon decades of Parrsboro's colourful and once vital seafaring community.
"Parrsboro is documented because of Con," Graham said after telling a few childhood stories of a time when he and Byers were boy scouts in Parrsboro.
The legion accommodated close to 120 people at Saturday's banquet, all of whom were there to share in celebrating Byers' accomplishments in his vital role in the community of Parrsboro.