For neighbourhood resident Peter Loveless, helping his neighbours is as much an afterthought as is getting dressed in the morning. And for his warm heart and helping hand, Peter has been awarded the Snow Angel Award by the City of Ottawa.
A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. – Ottawa.ca
I had a chance to sit down with Pete this week to get his reaction about the award, and to find out a little more about who this angel among us is.
I arrived at the door late Thursday morning to be greeted by a warm smile and a bellowing laugh. I was instantly overcome with a feeling of friendship and welcoming from a man I had never met. The man I was about to meet was Peter Loveless.
Pete grew up in London, Ontario, and in typical Canadian fashion, he grew up playing hockey. Pete played his junior hockey for the Hamilton Red Wings, and later went on to play two years of pro hockey in the Eastern Hockey League. Little did he know, but that experience would serve him well years later as he oversaw the maintenance of our neighbourhood rink for a couple of seasons.
But the real story started about four years ago when Pete simply decided to march up and down the street with his Hummer-sized snowblower and help clear the lane ways for a few of his more elderly neighbours. When I asked him why, a genuine smile fell across his face and he simply said “I felt like doing it, and besides, it helps keep me in shape“. And, in the fall, you’ll find him helping those same neighbours rake their leaves.
Pete speaks highly of his neighbours and his street. He is a member of the neighbourhood Bridge Club, regularly plays Euchre and board games with some other neighbours, and golfs with his mail man. He is a truly active member of the community, and he credits fellow community residents Ken Harten and Bob McCaw for getting him involved in the first place. And, when I spoke with Bob McCaw, he had this to say. ““I met Pete in the early days of the local Fisher Heights Bridge Club. He quickly demonstrated that he was an accomplished player who loved to help others learn and improve their game. His approach was the same when he jumped in to help with the community skating rink, teaching our new young icemaker how best to create a smooth ice surface. That’s just what Pete does – makes things a little smoother for the whole community.”
Pete is the real deal, and a true asset to our neighbourhood. His involvement and commitment to helping keep our little pocket in the city clean and safe is felt throughout the community. He is an inspirational figure for sure, and someone that those of us with young families in the neighbourhood can look up to.
If you know another unsung hero in our neighbourhood, we want to hear about that person. Please contact me, Shane, at email@example.com