Jim Hallman, Citizen of the Year 2018
Local Philanthropist, Businessman, Mentor and Volunteer
On May 23rd, local businessman, philanthropist, community leader, mentor, sports enthusiast, volunteer and family man Jim Hallman will be recognized as the 62nd Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year.
“I am deeply humbled,” shares Jim. “Creating a supportive community for our friends and neighbours has long been a priority for our family. My grandfather taught my father who in turn mentored his children to give back, something that I hope I have instilled in my children too.”
Jim has been an integral contributor of time, talent and treasure to a number of organizations and initiatives strengthening Waterloo Region. He has quietly made a difference in the lives of many – personally and through his role as Chair of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation in support of children and families, healthcare and post-secondary education.
The local fastball scene has been the recipient of Jim’s generosity as well. His support of the Kitchener Hallman Twins fastball team, International Softball Congress World Tournament, the annual Peter Hallman Memorial Fast Pitch Tournament and the Peter Hallman Ball Yard has paved the way for many provincial, national and global fastball championships.
As President of the respected development company, Hallman Construction Limited, Jim has provided a model for local businesses looking to give back to their community.
Building a caring and supportive community has been key to Jim’s lifetime work. Often described as humble, smart, innovative and compassionate, he continues to leave an unforgettable mark on the citizens of Waterloo Region.
“It’s hard to believe that Jim hasn’t already received this award, given his incredible community support,” adds Dr. Jack Bishop, Citizen of the Year Committee Co-Chair. “The Lions Club of Kitchener is pleased to pay tribute to this dedicated and outstanding community leader.”
About the Citizen of the Year Award
Hosted by the Lions Club of Kitchener, the Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a deserving resident from the Kitchener and Waterloo area.
The award was first presented to Ira Needles in 1957. Jim’s name will be added to a long list of esteemed nominees and community visionaries such as Walter Bean, Jack Harper, Owen Lackenbauer, Mac Voisin, Elizabeth Witmer, Neil Aitchison and last year’s recipient, Ron Schlegel.
A gala to celebrate the 2019 Citizen of the Year will be held on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by contacting Dr. Bishop at (519) 575-6184 or firstname.lastname@example.org