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Celebrate the outstanding nominees for civic awards

June 16, 2015 -

The following outstanding citizens have been nominated by the community for the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism or the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award.  The winners will be announced on June 23 and will receive their awards from Mayor Bryan Paterson at this year's Canada Day Civic Ceremony on the steps of City Hall at noon on July 1.

"These awards celebrate dedicated Kingstonians who enhance the quality of life and vibrancy of our community through volunteerism. I am looking forward to recognizing these individuals and I invite the community to join me in honouring them at our Canada Day celebrations," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. 

Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism Nominees:

  • Jayan Anpalahan – Jayan is a long-time volunteer at Kingston General Hospital and is now a volunteer mentor in the renal dialysis unit and Auxiliary Café.  He is proactive and involved in his school community, where he serves on student council while acting as a youth leader in the biggest hospital in the city. Jayan will start at Queen's University this year and is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a health care professional so he can donate his services to the children in his birthplace of Kampala, Uganda.
  • Mackenzie Curran – Mackenzie became involved with the Canadian Blood Services in 2013, first as a patient requiring a stem cell transplant, and later as a volunteer and advocate for the blood and stem cell program – OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.  Mackenzie is also a spokesperson for Canadian Blood Services and through her efforts has raised more than $20,000.
  • Zachary Stanley – Zac is a confident, hard-working Kingston 4 Paws volunteer dedicated to assisting people with disabilities through his work with service dogs. His efforts have gone above and beyond simple volunteering.  He can see the big picture when it comes to training dogs and placing them with new families.  Zac's compassion, focus on fundraising, and volunteer recruitment efforts know no limits.

First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Nominees:

  • Delbert Blakney – Delbert is heavily involved in the Canadian Diabetic Association and served as their volunteer spokesperson for the Easter Ontario region for years.  Delbert became the Chair of a local Cadet Corps Support Committee in 2013. He conducted a successful recruitment campaign that resulted in a high level of interest and retention of motivated Cadets.  He is a wonderful leader, a skillful activity-planner, an effective resource manager and a selfless and genuine man, husband and father.
  • Curt Bolton – Curt is an amazing individual and volunteer.  For 27 years he coached the men's and women's cross country teams at Queen's University and was inducted into Queen's Track and Field & X-C Alumni's Hall of Fame, and Queen's Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a snow angel for seven houses in his community.  Cuts grass at the Senior's Centre on Francis Street and volunteered at Camp Tawingo with property and maintenance work.  His also volunteers at Martha's Table taking on any task that is needed.  Curt has spent a lifetime working to improve his community.
  • Teri Giroux – Teri is an outstanding citizen of Kingston who has shown great leadership at Crossroads United Church.  A single mother of four daughters, she began a coupon drive which benefits a multitude of local agencies such as Almost Home, St. Vincent de Paul, Youth Shelter and Ryandale and Interval House.  Her coin collection efforts to benefit the Boys & Girls Club and local toy drive at Christmas are another example of her selfless dedication and service to the Crossroads Outreach group.
  • Allan Jones – Allan is active with Branch 560 of the Royal Canadian Legion working with the executive committee.  His dedication to keeping  the organization fiscally secure was evident through his involvement in the Legion's poppy campaign.  He also serves as Vice President of the Young at Heart Senior's Club and organized several outings and banquets at local nursing homes.  A volunteer leader, Allan organizes and schedules 20+ volunteers at local bingo halls for fundraising.  He founded and heads the National Wall of Remembrance Association effort planned for CFB Kingston in 2017.
  • Fred Jones – Fred is a retired teacher and public school principal who loves nature.  His vision for a greener, more abundant Kingston has taken root through the beautification of Ashton Park, local and provincial fundraising for park development and Earth Day Pitch In efforts.  For 38 years, Fred has been the volunteer guardian of Ashton Park, planting a variety of trees, bushes and flowers.  Somehow Fred finds time to tend at least five flower beds for Edith Rankin Memorial Church and sing in the Kingston Community Choir.
  • Allan Gary Letourneau – Allan has been a respected lawyer for almost 20 years and was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston three years ago.  He is active with The International law Enforcement Seminars and the Fun Fly Day – both raise money to help deserving youths.   His admirable efforts to support The Jeannine Perry Fund, The Kingston Chief of Police Bursary and the OPP Youth Foundation bursary providing scholarships to many deserving students.

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