Jan “Dutchie” Loman of Ear Falls accepts the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism from Cristina Martins, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade and the MPP for Davenport. Photo supplied
BY CLAIRE CUDAHY
Long-time Ear Falls Resident Jan “Dutchie” Loman received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Toronto on April 14.
Eleven individuals and eight groups were present to receive the award as part of the province’s celebration of National Volunteer Week.
Ear Falls’ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238 and the Township of Ear Falls nominated Loman for the award for his dedication to the community over the years.
Loman, 83, came to Canada from Holland in 1949 following World War II. After working in the agricultural industry in western Canada, he ended up in Ear Falls working odd jobs. His volunteer work in the community started with prop construction for a local amateur variety show before he finally joined in on the acting himself. Loman is still involved in theatre today as a participant in the annual Theatre 105 show.
In 1958, he opened Dutchie’s Freezer Service in Ear Falls, which he would later sell, and in the late 1970s, Dutchie’s General Store in Perrault Falls went into business and still operates to this day.
While running a business and raising a family, Loman made time to be a Sea Scout leader in 1963, and starting in 1970, he served several terms on the local school board.
With a passion for local history, Loman began collecting and preserving artifacts—a hobby that would ultimately translate into five decades of involvement with the Ear Falls Museum.
“With his personal business equipment, he undertook at his own cost to recover a wrecked aircraft for the local museum. This aircraft was a Junkers registered CF-AQV that crashed close to Ear Falls in September 1939 and now forms part of the collection at the Winnipeg Western Canada Aviation Museum,” wrote Joanne Kay, membership chairperson for the Ear Falls’ Legion, in Loman’s nomination letter.
“Dutchie became heavily involved in the Ear Falls Museum board serving as a chairman for a while and a curator as well as organizing recovery projects to recover artifacts from closed gold mines such as Jackson Manion Gold mine and Uchi Lake Gold Mines that had ceased operating long before he immigrated to Canada.”
Additionally, Loman has served as chairman and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, an Ear Falls representative on the Red Lake Resource Management Committee, and a volunteer economic development officer for the community. He was also a founding member of the Ear Falls Anglers and Hunters Club.
For over 20 years Loman has represented Ear falls as part of the Business Development Committee for Chukuni Business Development Corporation where he is currently serving a term on the board of directors.
Loman also volunteers as the president and fundraiser for The Whispering Pines Club for seniors where he organizes a weekly senior’s breakfast.
“Branch 238 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Ear Falls recognizes and appreciates all the immeasurable hours of volunteer work that Jan (Dutchie) Loman has put in for the betterment of Ear Falls, Northwestern Ontario and Ontario,” concluded Kay.
“We are extremely happy that he decided to settle in Ear Fall Ontario all those years ago.”