The Joe Casey Humanitarian Award was presented June 16 at 11 a.m. at the Digby Cenotaph along the waterfront.
Dick Levy received the award in recognition of his dedication to the town and his extensive involvement in the Digby community, some of which included serving as past president of the Digby and Area Board of Trade, served as Mayor of the Town of Digby from 1988 to 1991 and his involvement in festivals such as Scallop Days, to name only a few.
Members of Levy’s family from as far away as British Columbia came to celebrate the occasion.
He spoke of his work as a pharmacist in Dartmouth and Halifax, a career which spanned over 50 years, for which he was awarded a 50-year certificate from the province.
His father was also a pharmacist. Levy would work the Saturday shift to earn his weekly allowance of ten cents and would hit the movie theatre after his shift.
“That was the routine,” he said.
Levy also thanked his wife Jackie and daughter Margo and asked them to join him up front as he gave his speech.
His voice cracked slightly as he expressed his gratitude for their continued support.
“In order to achieve successes in your life, you need the support of family – and better yet family who are proud of you,” he said.
The award is named for deceased Digby resident Joe Casey, who worked tirelessly as the area's MLA for 23 years and was involved in numerous projects.
Casey was known by many as a pilot, a poet and also a storyteller. Mayor Ben Cleveland said it was fellow Digby resident Ian Russell who first conceived the award at a conversation that happened in Subway in 2011.
“We could think of no one better to name this award for,” he said.
Members of Casey’s family were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Levy, who was born in Digby and returned here to retire, said, “It’s been a great deal of pleasure to serve my community.”
“I feel very honoured to accept an award named for Joe Casey, who I knew and respected very well.”