Senior of the Year 2021

Senior of the Year 2021

July 14, 2021 -- The Town of Caledon is pleased to announce that Steve Hayward is the 2021 Senior of the Year.

Mayor and Council officially acknowledged Mr. Hayward at Council on Tuesday, July 13, followed by a private, COVID-safe recognition ceremony today in Alton.

“In all my years involved in public life, I’ve rarely met anyone who is as widely committed in so many ways to bettering the community,” said Mayor Allan Thompson.  “From service clubs to sports to the Agricultural Society to the Legion, Steve is the type of guy who always steps forward when there is a need in the community.”

About Steve Hayward

Born and raised in Caledon, Steve was one of 13 children who along with his parents lived in a very small house at the corner of Dixie Road and Olde Base Line.  

He has been involved in the community in many ways. He coached local hockey, lacrosse and baseball teams. And, for over 10 years, he volunteered to help the Alton Millpond Hockey tournament as ice-maker, sweeper, etc. He is an active member of the Caledon East Lions Club, one of the founders of the Caledon Lions Club and for many years has supported Lions International. 

Steve founded Club Caledon, a club for Caledon residents to support youth by raising funds from sales, dances and community events. He also helped and volunteered with the Caledon Agricultural Society and he is on the executive of the Alton Legion. He was head of the Legion’s building program that recently completed a $400,000 project to replace the roof. He was a vocal advocate that led to renaming part of Dixie Road as a Veteran’s Highway.

A former employee of the Town of Caledon, Steve is also known as Mr. Santa for having donned the famous red suit at several Christmas events across Caledon.

Steve shared that he feels very fortunate to have at his side, his lifelong love and wife Janette, three amazing children and their equally amazing spouses, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

PHOTO CAPTION (L to R): Councillors Lynn Kiernan and Ian Sinclair, Janette and Steve Hayward, Mayor Allan Thompson, and Councillors Tony Rosa and Jennifer Innis.

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Stacey Abbott
Manager, Communications
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