George Martin arrived in Clarenville in 1965 to become principal of Horwood Regional High School, a position he held until his retirement. In 1983 he received the prestigious Bancroft Award to honour his outstanding contribution to his profession and community. In 1996 he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Clarenville Lions Club in recognition of his community service to the town of Clarenville.
His community work included the Home and School Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarenville Co-op, St. John Ambulance Campaign, Clarenville Arts and Culture Association, Church Sunday School, Church Choir, Men’s Service Club, Library Board and Memorial University Alumni Committee.
In the area of sports, he was a founding member of the Men’s Softball League and an executive member for 10 years. He was a member of the fundraising committee to build a new softball field and erect lights. He also played softball for over 30 years.
For 23 years he chaired the annual MUN Alumni Bowling Tournament which raised funds for high school scholarships.
One of his greatest contributions was in serving as chair of the George Martin Golf Tournament for 26 years. This tournament has raised over half a million dollars for the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital.
George Martin has served as chairperson and committee member of the Random Interfaith Senior Apartments Board of Management.
He was a founding member of the Clarenville Co-op Society of which he served as a board member for many years.
His extensive church involvement has included:
– Chairperson, Board of Trustees
– Chair, Men’s Service Club
– Superintendent of Sunday School
– Choir member for 45 years.
For over 50 years George Martin has given so freely of his time, serving the recreational, spiritual and educational needs of all ages in Clarenville. The town has grown and prospered greatly under his leadership and commitment.