Currently a member of the Wilberforce Recreation Committee, Chair of the Wilberforce Heritage Guild and member of the Haliburton County Aging Well Committee, Hilda Clark is an inspiration for what aging well can mean. In June she was chosen as the first person to be named Senior of the Year in Highlands East because of decades of helping after her retirement from 35 years in education.
Born and raised in Haliburton County, Hilda retired “back home” in 1988, and has been giving of her time ever since. In addition to the above committees her list of volunteer activities over the years is long and varied. Some of the highlights include service on Monmouth township council and Haliburton County Development Corporation, various roles at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, part of the local business association organizing winter carnivals, and serving on RTO’s district and provincial executives. She is also a passionate supporter of the Arts having directed and been in the casts of many plays. She also finds time to write a weekly column for the Haliburton County Echo.
Senior of the Year isn’t Hilda’s first award of recognition. In 2003 she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Highlands East Volunteer Recognition Certificate. In 2008 she received the Retired Teachers of Ontario Certificate of Merit.