The McKeowns have owned KcKeown Motor Sales since 1973 and have been strong supporters of the agriculture and food industry throughout their lives.
Grace taught elementary school in Belleville for a number of years, high school in Stirling and in Centre Hastings for five years and than began working at the Motor Sales of McKeown Motor Sales.
They have been long term members of the Hastings Federation of Agriculture, have hosted 4-HClubs at McKeowan Motors and personally and through the business have donated the Holstein Clubs, 4-H Clubs, local fairs, dairy clubs, tractor clubs and many other organizations.
Bill and Grace have been strong supporters for the farming industry throughout the county and have strived over the years to ensure their business meets the needs of the farming industry.
Bill has been a voluntary fireman for over 40 years and has a recognition award for 40 years service with the fire department. He has volunteered at many local functions and supports local ball and hockey teams. He has received awards from Agco and Chrysler.
Grace has served on the International Ploughing Match Committee, the Moira river Conservation Authority, Hastings County Board of Education and Spring Brook U.C.W. She received an award for 20 years of service to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. McKeowan Motors has received the Stirling Rawdon Volunteer Award.
Nominated by Hastings County Federation of Agriculture
Londa attended school at Plainville, Cobourg and at both Kemptville College and the University of Guelph.
She was employed by Master Feeds in Stouffville, previously owned by Robinson's Mobile Feed and Farm Supply Limited. She was Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Sales Manager for Speare Seeds and has been involved in several major capacities with Hunco Farms Limited , including the role of assistant manager.
Londa has been a member of the Master Feeds Dealer Council. She has been on the Board of Directors, a Member of the Education Committee, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Ontario Grain and Feed Dealers Association (OGFDA). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Canadian Millers Mutual Fire Insurance.
Her community involvement has included a driver for Community Care in Northumberland County, and work with Girl Guides of Ontario. She is a lifetime members of Plainville United church, a board member of the Official Board for Cold Springs Pastoral Charge and a 10 year member of the Harwood Community Park Board.
Londa has been a liftetime Standardbred horse owners, had driven at many regional racetracks and is a licenced as a owner groom of Standardbred horses.
George Winfred Sutherland
George attended S.S. #7 Rawdon School and started farming with his father. He was involved in 4-H work, encouraged his children, grand children and friends to become 4-H members.
In 1940 he purchased the home farm from his father and during his farming years acquired 650 acres of land and a herd of 200 registered Holsteins.
George loved horses, including roadsters and commercial horse teams and he enjoyed showing them at local fairs.
He was a member of the Stirling Agricultural Society forover 50 years, President of the Society for 1968-1970. He was a member of the Hastings County Soil and Crop Association the Farm Service Club, the 4th Line Cheese factory and he served on the Hastings County Public School Board. He was a member of the Hastings County Milk Committee and served as president.
George received the Bicentennial Medal in 1984. His farm hosted the International Plowing Match and Farm Show in 1986 and he was one of the original founders of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage.
George was also a dedicated church leader at Grace Bible Chapel.
Nominated by Anne Dracup
Inducted in 2014
Ernest Wesley Henderson
Ernest was born in Hastings County, attended Smithfield Public School and graduated from the Eastern Dairy School at Kingston in 1928.
He manufactured cheese at both Cressy and Black river Cheese Factories from 1931-1944. In 1944 he appointed as Dairy Inspector for Prince Edward County and a portion of Hastings County and in 1960 he was promoted to a similar position in Hastings County.
Ernest was the President of the Dairy Branch Fieldmen's Association of Ontario. He arranged many dairy displays and shows, he judged numerous shows and worked on the Dairy Princess competitions. He assisted with the British Empire Cheese Shows in Belleville.
He as Director of Belleville Fair and President of the Prince Edward County Fair.
Ernest was a Board Member of the Picton United Church, Prince Edward and Belleville Horticultural Society, Picton Rotary Club and a two year Director of the District 3 Ontario Agricultural Society.
He was a member of the Prince Edward Lodge A.F. #18, a members of Rames Shrine, Toronto Order and First Patron and Life Member of Eastern Star,