Community builder and agent of change.


Highlights of volunteerism, community projects and activities.

Over the years I’ve been proud to be a founding member on several community groups, including:

  • PRIDE Haldimand
  • By The Willow Day Hospice Program

I have been emcee at several community functions:

  • Suicide Prevention Day in Dunnville
  • Turnip The Beets music festival
  • Girls Gone Wild fundraiser for Lowbanks Community Centre
  • River Arts events
  • Haldimand Art Works events
  • Music In The Park
  • Local Music Nights/Open Mic 
  • Haldimand County Museum Haunted Boat Cruise

Boards and Committees are an important part of any organization, and I’ve been involved with:

  • Dunnville Hospital
  • BoardDunnville Library Board
  • True Experience Board
  • Dunnville BIA

Volunteering has taken many forms:

  • Decorated and strung lights on the Dunnville Christmas Tree
  • Volunteer Firefighter
  • Santa Claus for Dunnville Christmas Parade
  • Youth Impact Centre program facilitator
  • Mentor for DREAM program
  • Speaker at DSS career day
  • Speaker for Day of Mourning in schools
  • Team member at the Great Tryicyle Race in Cayuga
  • Hanging banners for downtown events

On stage:

  • Dunnville Community Theatre
  • Improv comedy workshops and shows
  • Port Colborne Operatic Society
former firefighter Dick Passmore in uniform from the 1980's

Volunteer Firefighter

I followed in the footsteps of my Dad, brother, and uncles.  We’ve had several officers in the family including captains, deputy chiefs, and chief.  This photo was during my decade in the department.  I remain an honourary member of their association.

Decorating the Dunnville Christmas Tree

This was the first year in many that I hadn’t decorated the tree.  I usually spent many hours in an elevated lift hanging lights and bows on our tree.  I did, however, capture this iconic image on a snowy evening in 2017.

Downtown Dunnville winter streetscape, snowy with a large Christmas tree covered in lights
Dick Passmore at Turnip The Beets music festival

Turnip The Beets

I have been the host for this local music festival since it began.  This event attracts musicians and guests from all over southern Ontario.

Haldimand PRIDE

I was honoured to be the emcee at the first PRIDE event in Haldimand, and was an active part of the original organizing committee.

Dick Passmore at PRIDE in Dunnville


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,

‘What are you doing for others?”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.