Harry Hunt: volunteer boosts Aldergrove

Harry Hunt is this year’s winner of the Hilda Reddick Award for his service as a volunteer to the community of Aldergrove.

Harry Hunt is the Hilda Reddick volunteer of the year award winner.

Harry Hunt is the Hilda Reddick volunteer of the year award winner.

Harry Hunt is this year’s winner of the Hilda Reddick Award for his service as a volunteer to the community of Aldergrove.

Harry and Betty Hunt settled in Aldergrove in the early ‘70s and initially operated a hog farm on their acreage in south Aldergrove.

Here they raised their two children, Laura and Bob, and began their service to their children’s schools, sports teams and other youth activities. Harry had played both rugby and hockey in his youth and over the years he has coached and assisted various minor sports teams.

Over the years he served as President of the Aldergrove Agricultural Association and was one of the early winners of the Centennial Award presented by the association for the top farmer of the area. Harry continues to be very passionate about finding Centennial Award recipients in the community and has always been involved in the Aldergrove Agricultural Association’s Photography Exhibits at the Fair.

When the hog industry collapsed in B.C., Harry and Betty sold off their livestock and Harry became a custodian for Langley School District, starting in Langley Secondary before retiring five years ago after many years as custodian at Aldergrove Secondary.

Harry pursued his photography hobby before retirement, providing freelance photos for The Aldergrove Star and for the general public, which he continues to do in his retirement.

Harry is always willing to go to events in town to take pictures of local people as well as to preserve our agricultural history by photographs of historic buildings before they are gone forever.

At the Fair Days awards ceremony Rick Harkins from the Aldergrove Kodiaks thanked Harry on behalf of the junior B hockey club and all the sports teams in Aldergrove for his enthusiastic support over the past 40 years.