Ashton earns Good Citizen
The curtain has gone up on Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.
And it’s a gentleman well known in theatre circles.
Wayne Ashton was named Citizen of Year 2014 Tuesday.
Ashton is a founding member of Asparagus Community Theatre, and was also instrumental in obtaining funding for the current Centennial Theatre.
“He was absolutely thrilled, very happy,” said Ashton’s wife, Janet, about receiving the honour.
“He knows so many of the previous citizens of the year that were at the tea (Tuesday) to congratulate him.”
A positive force in the community since moving to Armstrong with his young family in the early 1970s, Ashton is fondly noted for his warmth and kindness extended to all.
“Many young people have benefitted from Wayne’s positive influence through theatre work and have increased self-confidence and self-worth because of this generous man’s encouragement,” said one nominator.
Another said: “One page is not enough to list all the contributions of Wayne Ashton to the health and goodwill of our community. He is truly a beloved local treasure.”
In 2013, Ashton worked with the Armstrong100 Committee and the City of Armstrong to put together a re-enactment of Armstrong’s first council meeting and, later in the year, assisted with a historical play about Armstrong called It’s All About the People.
Ashton was honoured by past Citizens of the Year on Tuesday at a special tea hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery.
He will receive official recognition as Citizen of the Year 2014 during the opening ceremony of Canada Day Celebrations held in Memorial Park on July 1.
In addition, Ashton will be the honourary parade marshall for the 2014 Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce IPE parade Aug. 30.