The Manotick Horticultural Society (MHS) is celebrating Maxine Whelan’s contribution to the Manotick and surrounding communities. Maxine has been an active volunteer and contributor to the Manotick community for years. She is best known for her roles within MHS serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years, in which she brilliantly served as President for 5 years.
Maxine’s philosophy is to exceed expectations and go the extra mile. Whether it is in providing Garden Tour participants with a box full of sweet goodies or touching base with members during COVID with individual phone calls, Maxine has consistently demonstrated her love of people and the community at large and our members can attest to it.
Because of her welcoming and generous personality, Maxine has had a transformative effect on MHS, growing the society membership to an unprecedented level, from 142 in 2018 to over 250 members. She has been an inspiration to members, both new and seasoned gardeners, with her positive attitude, friendly demeanour and the way she has injected herself into all of the MHS activities with enthusiasm and passion.
While many horticultural societies chose to put their programs on hold during the COVID pandemic, Maxine persevered. She surrounded herself with talented individuals and motivated others to be courageous and pursue new ideas. As Nicky Trudell, one of our previous board members put it, “I’m fortunate to have had such a good working relationship with Maxine” and added she was inspired by Maxine’s vision and trust. A tireless volunteer and natural leader, Maxine managed to augment the horticultural program, using technology to positively engage Manotick residents and members throughout the pandemic.
As Maxine is stepping down from the Board, she will be recognized at an upcoming members-only MHS event on April 3rd , 7pm, at the Manotick United Church and zoom.
The MHS Board of Directors, members and surrounding communities would like to thank Maxine for her inspiration in the greater Manotick community.
More about Manotick Horticultural Society
MHS was established in 1930 and is one of 19 societies that make up District 2 of the Ontario Horticultural Society. Our local amateur gardeners share a passion for gardening, preservation of the environment, beautifying our community, and furthering their horticulture knowledge. We are a “not for profit” organization under the auspice of the Ontario Horticultural Association. For more information, please visit our website at
www.manotickhorticulturalsociety.com – we would love to see you at our next event.
Manotick Horticultural Society is saying thank you to former club president Maxine Whelan.