Peg Hogarth is the Town of Tillsonburg's recipient of the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award.
Volunteering of personal time and talent towards the betterment of the community are hallmarks of the award, presented annually to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to the Town of Tillsonburg with no expectation of personal gain.
The official presentation is Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. at Carriage Hall, 25 Brock Street West, to celebrate Hogarth’s accomplishments. A variety of guests, including Brian Clark (Library Board), Dave Morris (St. Paul's United Church), Brad Bennett (TDMH Board), and Deb Szorenyi (Annandale Public School), will speak about her achievements. Everyone is welcome - drinks and snacks will be served. Doors open at 7 p.m.
"Right now I'm volunteering at a school," said Hogarth, who started tutoring at Maple Lane Public School nine years ago (K-Grade 6).
She switched to Annandale (now K-8), where she had taught math to Grade 9-13 students, and it was like going home.
"Now I'm back. I'm a full-time math tutor - I'm there every day. When I finished doing some of my other volunteer work and I got the chance to go back, I jumped at the chance. So that's what I'm doing... and it's the best."
Her volunteering started at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, following in the footsteps of her mother, Esther 'Parky' Parkhill.
"She's still volunteering (at the hospital) every morning - she'll be 102 in October," Hogarth smiled. "She should be getting this award.
"So I come from a family of volunteers. When it came time for me... my mom said, 'I think it's time you volunteered.' So I started with the Hospital Auxiliary."
Looking back now after serving on the TDMH Board for 25 years, Hogarth is grateful her mother 'encouraged' her, and grateful for her family's support.
"Volunteerism... people say you do it for somebody else. You don't. You do it for yourself. Because all of the rewards come back to you. Now, when I'm in the mall and someone hollers 'Hi Mrs. Hogarth!' It doesn't get any better than that."
Hogarth also had an interest in the Tillsonburg Library, where she had worked through her high school years, and volunteered with the library board for 10-12 years, later returning for another term. She also volunteers with her church, St. Paul's United.
"If I can encourage other volunteers, I hope that would be the case because you don't volunteer until someone identifies a need and asks you. If you've been brought up by volunteers, or if you have that inclination that you need to do something, then it's hard to say no."