2006 Mayor’s Award recipients

Mary DuQuesnay

Mary DuQuesnay is involved with a wide range of community organizations. Along with a group of volunteers, Mary creates the beautiful annual Christmas tree display at the River Run Centre, which raises funds for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. As Executive Director of the Foundation, Mary works tirelessly to raise funds for the hospital.

In addition, Mary serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and sings with the Orchestra as an accomplished soprano vocalist.

Mary is also an active member of the Guelph Rotary Club where she has chaired several fundraising committees over the years, including the Canada Day celebrations at Riverside Park. She also spends time caring for seniors and physically disabled persons. Her contributions to the community are an inspiration to all.


Ron Asselstine

A number of years ago, Ron saw that children suffering from serious injuries or potentially life-threatening illnesses had a need, and he decided to do something about it. Along with his wife Wendy, Ron organized Guelph Wish Fund for Children and the organization has been addressing those needs for 22 years. By raising more than $1.6 million over the organization’s lifespan, Ron has helped to put smiles on the faces of many children and their families during very difficult circumstances.

Ron’s commitment and dedication earned him national attention and a prestigious Governor General Caring Canadian Award.


Gil Stelter

Gil Stelter is a respected teller of stories about Guelph’s past, personalities, and buildings; and a passionate voice for preservation of our city’s heritage.

Gil has written several articles in many different magazines that focus on Guelph’s heritage. He has been a member of Heritage Guelph for nine years and has written many of the designation reports for City Council.

As a founding member of Doors Open Guelph, Gil personally contacted each site and arranged for its use, researched and wrote about its history, and contacted prominent architects for lectures at the event. He also wrote a brochure called “A Walking Tour of the Downtown Core” to illustrate Guelph’s development as a city. He has led many tours, in costume, to celebrate milestones in Guelph’s history.

On top of all of this, Gil is an internationally-recognized expert on daylilies. He has opened his remarkable garden at his home for several tours and is hybridizing new species of the lilies for distribution around the world.


Terry Doyle

A professional actor known for his good-hearted humour and quick wit, Terry Doyle led a successful career on stage, in television and in film.

Terry was a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph for close to three decades, during which his service was always exemplary. He was involved with the Guelph Little Theatre for many years and served on the board and programming committee of the River Run Centre. He gave generously of his time and talents, often agreeing to take part in events and initiatives that were of importance to the community. He is remembered by many for his generosity, dedication and friendliness.