Our Very Own Dee Dee Haynes-Ridley Honoured as Citizen of the Year

Posted by Halton Hills Minor Baseball Association on Mar 30 2019 at 09:27AM PDT

The Halton Hills Minor Baseball Association is incredibly proud to congratulate Dee Dee Haynes-Ridley on her superbly well-deserved recognition by the Georgetown Lions Club as Georgetown’s “Citizen of the Year”.

The Georgetown Lions Club has been naming a Citizen of the Year since 1973 to recognize people who volunteer their time to contribute to the community of Halton Hills.

Everyone who has spent time at the ball diamonds in Halton Hills has had the opportunity to interact with Dee Dee and has undoubtedly experienced her commitment and passion for the sport of baseball and the growth and learning that can be achieved on the diamond.

“The past 5 years have been very successful for the Halton Hills Minor Baseball Association (HHMBA) and Dee Dee has been a huge part of that success,” commented HHMBA President Larry Fitzgerald. "She has held several important roles on the Executive including Director of Umpires and Director of Communications and Community Relations, but beyond that she is the glue that holds the team together. Since the amalgamation of the former Georgetown Baseball Association and Acton Minor Baseball, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that the youth of our community get the absolute best experience possible and that the new organization used the best practices from both former groups. She keeps our group organized and on track to a degree well beyond her official roles with the Association. You will often hear the refrain “just ask Dee Dee” in response to a query. We are lucky to have her as part of the HHMBA and as part of our Community."

In addition to her tireless efforts on the executive of the HHMBA, Dee Dee’s award also recognizes her other volunteer efforts including her work on the Executive of Georgetown Ladies Powderpuff League (GLPL), in support of the Halton Hawks, youth bowling leagues and her executive role on the board of the Carruthers Road Co-op housing complex.
Additionally, right when you though she couldn’t possibly dedicate any more time and effort to helping others, you realize that those are only her volunteer activities. On top of all of that, Dee Dee also works at Georgetown High School in the Life Skills program, supporting students with special needs.

All told, Dee Dee has committed over 25 years to recreation, sport and fun in the community of Halton Hills. She’s a wonderful example of the characteristics and values we hope all HHMBA players will strive towards: selflessness, dedication, hard work, fun and leadership.

Dee Dee was presented her award from the Lions Club at an event on Tuesday, March 26 at which she was also recognized by Michael Chong (MP) on behalf of the Government of Canada, as well as the Government of Ontario, the Region of Halton, Mayor Rick Bonnette on behalf of the Town of Halton Hills, Christian Febel on behalf of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Steve Foreman, on behalf of the Independent Free Press.

From the players, families, sponsors and Executive of the HHMBA, congratulations Dee Dee! We know how important it is to you to help others and we are so grateful for the impact you’ve had on thousands of young lives through baseball.

(Pictured: Dee Dee receives the Citizen of the Year award from Doug Penrice of the Georgetown Lions Club at a celebration event on March 26, 2019.)