Three older men stand in front of flags, two shake hands, one holds certificate

Byron Ostrom received his award from Mayor Bob Sweet (left) and Councillor James Carmody (right). Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Ontario Senior of the Year

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 18, 2021

Byron Ostrom has won the 2021 Ontario Senior of the Year Award. Since moving to Petawawa in 1999, he has made it his mission to better the community. He has been involved with Scouts Canada for about eight years and has been a strong supporter of the Petawawa and Area Grannies since the organization began. He is well-known by neighbours for collecting the garbage that accumulates on the side of the road, particularly the four-km stretch from Murphy Road to his home on Rantz Road. He collected about one grocery bag worth of garbage per day and found beer cans, tires, floor tires, broken BBQ parts and fast food containers. He and his wife Jean ran a Bed and Breakfast for 15 years, where they welcomed many interesting people into their home, and he enjoys monitoring the river for signs of flooding. The Ontario Senior of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding senior who, after age 65, enriches the social, cultural or civic life of the community.