A. O. Smith’s Jayne MacKenzie named Centre Wellington 2015 Citizen of the Year


Jayne MacKenzieFergus, ON — Jayne MacKenzie, an employee at A. O. Smith’s facility in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, is Centre Wellington’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.  The announcement was made earlier this week, and MacKenzie will be honored at a special ceremony on May 14 in Fergus.  

Heather Gergovich, chair of the Groves Hospital Foundation in Fergus and co-chair of the new hospital campaign committee, nominated MacKenzie for the honor.  

In her nomination form, Gergovich stated MacKenzie and her husband, Rob, are residents of Fergus, “and I honestly have never met another individual who volunteers her time to support her community as much as Jayne MacKenzie.”  

 “Jayne brings a level of organization, dedication, but most of all enthusiasm to any group or organization she is volunteering with. I am inspired by all Jayne does and proud to call her a friend,” said Gergovich.  

Jerome Quenneville, president and CEO of Groves Memorial Community Hospital, also proud endorsed the nomination:  

“As past president of the Groves Hospital Foundation, Jayne has long exemplified a level of commitment to our community hospital and the hospital foundation that can serve as a model for others.  She clearly recognizes the impact that our community hospital has had on her life and she has been aggressive in ‘giving back’ to our hospital and our community.”

“Jayne MacKenzie has intentionally connected to our institution to help shape our future ability to offer quality health care close to home.”  

Quenneville continued, “Leading a comprehensive fundraising campaign for digital mammography and the ‘Get Real’ campaign and providing a significant leadership gift while fostering board social dynamics resulted in effective and enthusiastic participation by all foundation board members is a testament to her effective leadership that benefits health care in our community.  

“Jayne’s passion for the Groves Hospital Foundation and its community hospital is clearly and directly related to her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor.”  

 “I am so honoured. I’ve been in this community for 20 years and I just love it here.  I volunteer not for the recognition, but for the absolute satisfaction of volunteering in this community with so many great people. To be chosen Citizen of the Year is such a surprise and honor.”