60 years of volunteer work recognized
For more than 60 years Walter Maltby has gone above and beyond in service to his community.
© Darrell Cole – Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Walter Maltby looks over a copy of letter he received Tuesday from Gov. Gen. David Johnston recognizing his more than 60 years of community service.
AMHERST – For more than 60 years Walter Maltby has gone above and beyond in service to his community.
That service was recognized earlier this week when the 82-year-old Amherst man received a letter in the mail from Governor General David Johnston.
“It was quite a surprise, really. I wasn’t expecting something like this,” Maltby said Wednesday. “To receive a letter from the governor general is really special.”
In the letter, delivered on the Rideau Hall letterhead, Johnston congratulates Maltby on more than 60 years of community service.
“For over six decades, you have demonstrated the commendable traits of dedication and generosity, bot of time and heart,” the governor general wrote. “Your commitment to your fellow citizens has earned you the respect and admiration of your friends, family and colleagues. Examples like yours make our communities stronger, and our country a smarter and more caring place to live in.”
In a hand-written note at the bottom of the letter, Johnson praised Maltby for the standard he has set for others over the years.
Maltby, who was honoured by the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association several years ago along with his late brother Roy, has been active in minor and junior hockey since 1957.
Besides countless efforts coaching and managing many minor hockey teams, Maltby has also been very active with both the Junior Blues in Springhill and the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers.
He took a peewee team to the international hockey tournament in Quebec and a midget team to Drummondville, Que. and has sold tickets at numerous fundraisers, while also helping with the Bluenose tournament and the Fundy Hockey School.
“When Roy and I were young, our mother was a Salvation Army officer and she impressed upon us the importance of helping others. She taught us to share and to serve in the community,” Maltby said. “I’ve always believed in the old saying to treat others like you’d like to be treated yourself.”
Besides his hockey work, Maltby has also spent more than two decades volunteering with Meals on Wheels.
Retired from CN since 1981 and from his job at the court office for more than 20 years, Maltby said he stays active to avoid the boredom that can sometimes come with retirement.
“I like to stay active,” he said. “If I didn’t I’d get bored. I don’t want to be one of those guys who sits down and looks out the window all day. I have to be busy.”