Two couples, a dedicated community volunteer and a prominent family recently had their names added to the Navan Community Builders Wall.
Hal and Christine MacPherson, Rachel and David Grattan and the McFadden family were all inducted into the Navan Community Builders Wall during an outdoor ceremony on Sept. 25 along Sus Woram.
|(Pictures left to right) David and Rachel Grattan, Eilleen Vailancourt and Inez Simpson representing the MacFadden family, and Christine and Hal MacPherson. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM DEVECSERI
Ever since Hal and Christine MacPherson moved to Navan they’ve played an integral role in a number of local organizations including the Navan Community Associa-tion and the Navan Lions Club for many years.
Some of their accomplishments include introducing a streetwalking club to the village; organizing a fitness class with the Nifty Fifty Club; and volunteering in the Navan Fallfest, the Navan Fair Parade, the 150th Celebration and the Cairine Wilson Relay for Life.
Christina has helped establish a vision screening program for schoolchildren within the Ottawa area and Hal has served on the Lions District leadership team where he oversaw several summer camps for disabled children.
Rachel and David Grattan moved to Navan over 40 years ago.
David has been heavily involved with many aspects that promote the community such as planning and building floats for the Navan Parade, making costumes to wear at all public fun events and building furniture to be sold at charity auctions and fundraisers.
He is also a regular contributer to the Navan Nugget as the resident ornithologist.
Rachel is a willing volunteer for any community organization, whether it be the Lions, or the church, or wherever she can be of help, often in a very quiet and private way. For the longest time, they have both been cleaning the neighbourhood of garbage on their daily walks and continue to help make Navan a great place to live.
The McFadden Family and Sue Woram were inducted to the Builders Wall in 2020 but there was no official ceremony then due to Covid-19.
The MacFadden family has a long history in Navan and has been involved in community services from the beginning.
A native of Ireland, George McFadden came to Canada with his widowed mother in the 1840s and eventually established a farm near the present day village.
With its extended roots, the family has contributed farmers, teachers, nurses, fire-fighters and soldiers to the area. They have supported the major aspects of Navan in every way.
Sue Woram has been a contributing member and leader in the Navan community since she moved to Navan in 1983, mostly as a Brownie and Girl Guide leader. She is also an active member of the Navan Womens Institute and has served as the organization’s president since 2017.