Many people may know him to see him, but many not be truly aware of who he is or what he does to make his community a better place to live.
They will now.
John Hoile has been named Armstrong Spallumcheen Citizen of Year 2015.
“John is a tireless volunteer and an all-around generous man,” said one of many nomination forms for Hoile.
“He has been the lead coordinator for the Armstrong Brown Bag Lunch program for a good number of years now. He is seen at many local events always with a volunteer shirt or helping out in an informal capacity. I wish I had all the details for all that he does.”
Since moving to Armstrong from England, Hoile has assisted with the Community Christmas Dinner, volunteers at the IPE, has volunteered with the food bank, volunteered at Harvest Pumpkin Festival and generally helps wherever there is a need.
Hoile truly is an unsung hero which is one of the criteria for the Citizen of the Year program.
“What is remarkable about John is that he volunteers without complaining and rarely asks for assistance,” said another of the nomination forms.
“He does not drive nor own a vehicle so can be found carrying groceries for the Brown Bag Lunch program back to the kitchen,.
“He is very humble and often more concerned about the inconvenience to others than getting relief from carrying heavy bags. Armstrong is blessed to have John as part of our community.”
Hoile will be honoured by past Citizens of the Year on Wednesday at a special tea at 2 p.m. hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.
He will receive official recognition as Citizen of the Year 2015 during Canada Day celebrations held in Memorial Park July 1.
In addition, Hoile will be the honourary parade marshall for the Interior Provincial Exhibition parade Sept. 5.