Peter Hensel was recently one of the recipients of a Provincial Award for his contributions to the Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA). The Bob Secord Award is an annual award provided for outstanding services as a promoter of active lifestyles for Seniors. The award recognizes the significant amount of volunteer time that individuals provide both locally and provincially to support activities that keep Seniors healthy and active. Peter was involved with the Chatham-Kent Senior Games (CKSG) since 2000 ,joining the CKSG Board in 2005. He was President of the CKSG from 2005 to 2012 and was one of the driving forces behind obtaining a series of Southwest Regional Games …back to back in 2009 and again in 2011. Peter was a key player in obtaining funding for the Regional Games with a number of presentations to Municipal Council around that time. While still involved in the local CKSG and their events he continued on at the Provincial level in 2008 and became President of the Provincial OSGA Board in 2011. He continued with the Board over the next 6 years in various capacities.
Peter, as well as his wife Joyce, have made it their priority to increase both the level of awareness surrounding the Chatham-Kent Senior Games, as well as the level of participation in the games by Chatham-Kent seniors. Peter himself is a competitor in the Chatham-Kent Senior Games and when he is not playing at an event, he is always on hand at the games to tell people of the importance and the benefits of the Games to all seniors.
Peter has been a key ambassador for the Senior Games since 2004. He has touched the lives of many seniors, who might not have become involved in the games had it not been for Peter’s encouraging words and wonderful approach and personality. He promotes the benefits of staying active and involved and makes each event fun and social. The competition is there, but the “fun” is a stronger element for the seniors to be involved.
In addition to Peter’s dedication to OSGA events and organizations over the past 17 years, Peter also has received the Provincial Senior Achievement Award (Volunteer of the Year Award) in Toronto with a presentation by the Lieutenant Governor. He was also inducted into the Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2010.
Peter Hensel has inspired the same loyalty and affection in friends that he has given them over the years. One long-time associate, Sue Williams, described him as “a wonderful gentleman”. She said, “he is very hard working; he has a passion for whatever he does! I am proud to know him!”