Among the guests were three of Shirley’s high school friends and the group gathered for a photo with her. From the left: Shirley Coons, Estella Rose, Doreen McRobbie and Elizabeth Dillabough. Thompson Goddard Photo

CHESTERVILLE – Surrounded by close to 150 friends and family members, a celebratory dinner and dance at the Chesterville Legion was held to celebrate the 90th birthday of local resident Shirley Coons.

Coons has served her community for many years as a business owner, a member of the Chesterville municipal council, a volunteer with numerous local organizations such as The Green Action Gang, and the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society (Homecraft Division) as well as a dedicated member of the Anglican Parish of North Dundas.   She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, in recognition of her contributions to the community.

“In my 68 years, I have never met someone with the recall ability and dedication to her community like Shirley Coons” commented North Dundas councillor Gary Annable prior to presenting her with a certificate of appreciation from the municipality.  Certificates were received from the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and SDSG MP Eric Duncan.

During the evening many local organizations which she has served with over the years stepped up to the photo booth, where a photographic record was taken.  Without a doubt these will be cherished mementoes of a woman who has spent her life serving the community she calls home.