With an unstoppable passion to help others and motivated to assist communities to flourish, Hallman felt it was time to take a fresh approach to making a difference in the community she loves.
She has been leading the charge to reinvigorate volunteerism within Wilmot Township for several years. A personal mandate of hers is to promote how volunteering can add to the quality of one’s life and to others.
Hallman has been working hard on behalf of the residents of Wilmot Township over the past 8 years. Most recently as the Canada Day in Wilmot and Canada 150 Committee Chair and an Executive Committee member of the William Scott Festival and Soap Box Derby. Additionally, she volunteers as a Mental Health advocate and an Impact Speaker on Suicide Prevention and Awareness. This former Girl Guide leader has been a member of the New Dundee Public School Parent Council since 2012 and an Advocate for the Agricultural and Rural Community.
She organized and lead the "Wilmot Splash Pad" Committee through successful research and fundraising initiatives. This effort resulted in being selected as one of the top ten national community-driven projects by TSN’s Kraft Celebration Tour. This recognition placed New Hamburg and Wilmot Township in the national spotlight with a live TSN Sports Centre' broadcast from New Hamburg highlighting our community’s spirit.
Her community-focused efforts have resulted in being presented with several honours. In 2017 she was a recipient of a Kitchener-Conestoga Canada 150 Award. Previous to that she was a 2016 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year Nominee. In 2014 she was recognized with a Citizen of the Year Award, a CTV Kitchener - Local Hero of the Week and a 570 News Above and Beyond award.
"It’s heartwarming, humbling and an honour to be recognized by the community and various organizations. But that’s not what drives me. What inspires me to work as hard as I do is seeing a tangible return on investments that result in improved quality of life ultimately benefiting families, businesses and the community." said Hallman.
Being a mother of three has taught her patience, the ability to multitask and the full importance of family. She believes that the community plays a crucial role in helping families raise compassionate, inquisitive, active and accepting children who will also shape our communities and guide us all into the future.