Helen Moffat recognized as Senior of the Year

MAPLETON – Council, staff and residents were treated to an award ceremony for Helen Moffat, provincial butter tart award winner, on May 28.

Moffat received the township’s Senior of the Year award in recognition of years of volunteer work, dedication to local causes and preservation of local history.

A resident of Mapleton for over 49 years, Moffat has been a 4-H Homemaking Club leader for 21 years, a member of the Wellington County Plowmen’s Association for over 20 years, president of the Alma Women’s Institute, and treasurer of both the Mapleton Historical Society (since 2006) and the Peel History Committee, as well as a regular volunteer at the Drayton Festival Theatre.

“It is with great pleasure and honour that we are able to present the Senior of the Year Award to Mrs. Moffat.” said Mayor Gregg Davidson in a press release.

“She has more than earned this recognition and we look forward to many more years of service, and butter tarts. It is individuals like her and so many others in Mapleton that assist in making it a remarkable place to plant your roots and grow.”

Moffat was presented with a plaque from the township for her efforts.

The award comes closely on the heels of another win back in February,  when Moffat was crowned the grand champion of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies for her butter tart recipe.

“Who would have thought that making a small plate of butter tarts would have brought such recognition, not only to me but to Drayton and the community,” said Moffat.

She thanked four generations of her family, as well as members of the some the organizations she is a part of, for coming to the ceremony.

“When we moved here 49 years ago it was a great leap of faith to move from our home community north an hour’s drive and to move a whole herd of cattle and all the equipment, milk cows down there in the morning and up here at night, and it was quite a day that I will never forget,” said Moffat.

“I am very proud of all the accomplishments that we have had and our family has tried to give back to the community whenever it is possible.”

Following the award ceremony, residents were treated to some of Moffat’s award-winning butter tarts.