Generous volunteer and musician Rob Bentley receives Parrsboro and District Board of Trade Citizen of the Year Award at sold out banquet
© Jamie Heap-Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Parrsboro and District Board of Trade president David Beattie (left) presented Robert Bentley with its Citizen of the Year Award Saturday at a banquet in Bentley's honour. Bentley's wife Dr. Patti Dauphinee-Bentley, second from the right, received a bouquet of flowers from Citizen of the Year nominator Nancy Curleigh.
PARRSBORO-People were turned away from the fire hall this past Saturday night as the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade bestowed one its highest accolades on a deserving volunteer and musician in front of family and friends. Mayor Lois Smith and councillors David Harrison and Lisa Ward were also in attendance.
Following greetings and an introduction of the banquet’s head table by Parrsboro and District Board of Trade president David Beattie, people enjoyed a roast turkey dinner before remarks of recognition were heaped upon the man of the hour.
“For me, the citizen of the year has a very special meaning,” said nominator Nancy Curleigh. “When I returned to Parrsboro 11 years ago, I brought back with me memories of my Parrsboro as it being a very musical town,” she added. “By the time I returned, there was a lack of interest and perhaps talent. That was a trend that Robert put to an end: he encouraged music, reviving the old Citizens’ Band,” she added. “Before long, they were playing music again at the bandstand. He was the force behind open mic, junior musicians, and, whenever we needed music for entertainment, a concert or just a good time, we called upon Robert Bentley.”
Gary Nymark of the Parrsboro Lions club spoke of how King Lion Robert Bentley revolutionized Lions TV Bingo by making it available to a much wider audience over the worldwide web while Parrsboro Citizens’ Band member Michael Fuller spoke about Bentley’s innovative ability to both conduct and play simultaneously.
“The Parrsboro Citizens’ Band is one of the oldest standing bands in Canadian history,” claimed Fuller. “It’s the oldest standing band in all of Nova Scotia,” he added. “It’s difficult for Rob to separate volunteerism from music, which is a way of life for him. It’s been a pleasure to meet Rob. You truly are well-respected.”
Carl Cameron and Martin Langford performed a comical musical tribute set to the theme of the movie Ghostbusters. Instead of calling the Ghostbusters, Cameron and Langford answered ‘Rob Bentley’ when asked ‘Who you gonna call?”
Following David Beattie’s presentation of The Citizen of the Year Award, which will hang inside Parrsboro Town Hall for all to see, Bentley said a few words.
“I’d like to thank the Board of Trade for this award,” said Bentley. “Know that it will always be appreciated. “I’d like to recognize those who are not as visible.”
“Live is far from fair: good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. Cancer isn’t fair; neither is the disaster in the Phillipines. If we all gave more than we took, we would be living in Paradise on Earth,” said Bentley.
Nancy Curleigh presented Bentley’s wife Dr. Patti Dauphinee-Bentley, who has practiced medicine in Parrsboro since the year 2006, with a bouquet of flowers.