Kent MacSweyn, born to Donald and Ella MacSweyn in 1939, he was the second of nine children. He learnt at a young age how to work hard on the farm and get along with others. MacSweyn’s first game in a covered arena, in the Vankleek Hill Arena. The Pine Grove School (population 26) accepted a challenge from the much larger Vankleek Hill Public School. Kent’s father, Donald, transported the entire team (8 students). The Pine Grove team beat Vankleek Hill’s team 4-2. Kent took over the family farm at the young age of 15, with his younger brother Ralph. Kent continued his schooling with help from his mother Ella and his grandfather.
MacSweyn played fullback for the McCrimmon/Laggan soccer team during most of his career but remembers being moved to center forward for the 1960 season. This proved a memorable year for not only did he miss the scoring award by a single goal but he suffered a broken leg in a play-off game in Greenfield. As a 16-year-old Kent was invited to join the Lochiel Soccer Team (Glengarry Champs) in a play- off series with the winner of the Ottawa and Area Division to determine the Eastern Ontario Soccer Championship. He was the recipient of the Most Gentlemanly player award in 1955 and 1957, as well as the MVP award in 1959. He went on to win the Championship trophy with McCrimmon after Lochiel’s long domination.
Kent was also recognized as a consistent scorer and on-ice leader, while he played his minor and junior career in Alexandria. He was selected by the Glen Robertson Midget team during his second year of organized hockey to strengthen their team in the ODMHA play-offs against. MacSweyn was also named captain of the Alexandria Junior Glens.
In September 1959 Kent enrolled at Ottawa Teachers College, he later accepted his first teaching position in South Gloucester, at St. Mary’s School he was appointed Principal in his second year and remained there for the next three years. In 1965, He travelled to Europe as a teacher with the Canadian Military Forces, there he was the Vice-principal of a 300-pupil school, in Metz, France. In September 1968, Kent went to Lahr, Germany to become to head teacher at the grade 7-8 division of the grade 7-12 school. In March 1969, Kent flew home to Glengarry for an interview for the principal position at the newly built school in Laggan. Kent remained Principal for 26 years, retiring in 1995.
While at Laggan Public School, Kent coached minor soccer teams and worked to upgrade recreational facilities at Laggan School. He served as director of Alexandria & District Minor Hockey Association, he organized Recreational Associations in Lochiel and Kenyon Townships with the goal to provide direction and financial assistance for recreation programs in these townships. He built and maintained an outdoor rink with change room facilities. He brought Guy Lombrado and his Royal Canadians to the Angus Grey Center as a fundraiser to build double tennis courts on the school playgrounds.
The late Gary Shepherd is remembered for his love of sports, his outgoing character, his coaching abilities, his sports shop, his immense generosity, his many years as a local politician.
Mr. Shepherd is being inducted into the Hall of fame individually and as a founding member of the Alexandria junior ‘B’ Hockey Club.
He played football in high school and helped take the team to their first of seven league championship, in 1963. Gary also excelled at broomball in Alexandria. He also played hockey, softball, and soccer for the Lochiel Lochs for many years. Broomball was his favourite sport to play and coach. He loved all sports and the bustle of his Glengarry Sports Shop.
He was very involved with the Alexandria Junior ‘B’ Glens as a voluntary Shareholder and as president of the board of directors. His involvement as founder and constant support for the team, through thick and thin, has been appreciated by players, coaches and the sporting community.
Gary also loved to fish and did much more of this after selling the store in 2010. His last escapade occurred in 2012, when he took his new boat on her maiden voyage to Lake Temiskaming, with Roch Lajoie. Colleen learned they had taken the bottom out of the boat when Gary telephoned home to ask her to call the insurance company.
Gary was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened.
Born in Alexandria, the 6th of 7 children, dedicated and talented athlete Colleen Cameron-Wetering is renowned for her speed and skill in many sports. At 58, Colleen is still forced to be reckoned with on basketball court, having brought with her many skills learned in her early days at Glengarry District High School. She played softball, broomball, hockey and basketball in grades 7 and 8.
Under phys. Ed. coaches Fran Kelly, Jaqueline Fraser, and Tina Cairncross, Colleen joined the GDHS basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track and field teams. In grade 9, she was the only midget-eligible hoops player to make the junior team. She won the Most Valuable Player award three times, in Grades 10, 11, and 12. In 10th grade, Collen, helped the squad win the SD&G title. She also excelled at track and field, specializing in the 100 metre, 200 metre and relay. She competed in the long jump and 400 metre as well.
Colleen won several awards qualified for EOSSA, and helped the senior girls win the SD&G track and field championship. Colleen competed in the volleyball and soccer, claiming the Award of distinction, was on the athletic banquet committee, and won the Margaret Mutch at the Lions Club sports banquet. Colleen was very coachable, a quiet leader, always displaying excellent sportsmanship.
Colleen competed with the Scarborough United women’s soccer club from 1997 to 2000. She was a member of the Pickering Soccer Club the next five seasons helping the team to the league championship two of those five years.
Jr. B Glens Founders
More than 50 years ago, a group of businessmen in Alexandria had the idea of creating a local opportunity for young hockey players to continue pursuing their passion on the ice, at the conclusion of their minor hockey careers.
This led to the creation of the Alexandria Junior ‘B’ Glens Hockey Club.
Guy Cholette, of Alexandria, with help from former resident Jean-Luc Caron took on the challenge of building the franchise.
They reached out to gentleman in the community, soliciting $250 from each one to form a founding group that would give the fledgling hockey club the financial backing to get up and running.
This group of men with the foresight to establish the Glens in 1967 included Guy Cholette, Gilles Lefebvre, A.W. Hope, Gary Shepherd, Duncan Macdonell, Wilfred Menard, Duncan Morris, J.P. Touchette, and Roger Roy.
These directors drew from the expertise of well-known sportsman and Hall of Fame inductee (1995) Gerry Simpson, who, along with others, provided the hockey knowledge needed to find a league in which the Glens could play, after completing a couple of seasons of non-league action.
A half century later, the Glens tradition continues, providing junior hockey in Alexandria, for players and fans.