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City honours outstanding citizens with Civic Awards

June 24, 2019 -

The City of Kingston's Civic Awards recognize the outstanding contributions made by residents to the community. This year's recipients, whose dedicated efforts positively impact the lives of Kingstonians, will be honoured at the Canada Day Civic Ceremony at noon on Monday, July 1 on the steps of City Hall.

"I'm regularly inspired by the incredible people that devote themselves to making Kingston a better place to live. I believe this is what makes Canada so amazing and so it's very fitting that we honour some truly remarkable Kingstonians during the Canada Day Civic Ceremony. I hope you'll join me as we celebrate the award recipients' tremendous efforts on July 1," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Distinguished Citizen

Patrick Murphy (Distinguished Citizen)

It's not for nothing his nickname is "Mr. Kingston." According to his nominator "Pat never stops giving," and his long record of volunteerism serves as excellent proof of this assertion. Through hockey and golf tournaments, speaker series and even singing in the "80s Enuff" band, Pat has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club, Movember, and the Secura Wish Foundation (created by Secura Financial), which funds live experiences for kids in challenging situations. His volunteer contributions to United Way have helped the organization raise millions of dollars for community initiatives.

Pat is also co-founder of the Junior Ice Wolves, and served as head coach for the Greater Kingston Girls Hockey Association and is a past committee member for the FebFest Limestone Classic. Pat is also a past president of the St. Lawrence College Alumni Association, a founding member of SPEAKingston and a Knight of Columbus, Council 7224 for 30 years. His nominator also wishes to acknowledge how Pat approaches everything he does: "Pat never questions whether or not to get involved. If he thinks he can help – he does. It isn't even a decision that he makes – but more of a natural reflex that is ingrained within."

First Capital Honourable Achievement Awards

Nadia Luciuk

Nadia is the founder of the Maky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and associated childrens' dance group. A former teacher and principal, she has volunteered to teach dance for 50 years – and has acted as organizer of the Lviv, Ukraine Folklore Festival for just as long. A member of the Ukrainian Canadian Club of Kingston and the Kingston Branch of the League of Ukrainian Canadians, Nadia is a dedicated community activist and promoter of multiculturalism in Kingston.

John and Heather Price

John and Heather Price have been volunteering for local charities for 31 years. In 2014, John was nominated for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Well known for their support of Kingston's military families, their efforts include organizing two events each year with the Kingston Frontenacs to salute men and women in uniform - the November Remembrance Day game supported by RMC and the February Military Appreciation game supported by CFB Kingston. Their efforts raised awareness and increased donations to the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre for their various programs, with John being named honorary director of fundraising for the organization. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Military – the Prices received the Base Commander's Citation and the RMC Commandant's Commendation for their strong military support and earned them an invitation to the 2019 Army Ball.

John and Heather also organized the 2018 Corvette Invasion, attracting 300 Corvette owners Kingston. The event had a huge economic impact on the city by supporting the downtown, shops, restaurants and historic sites, including tours of the Kingston Penitentiary and Fort Henry.

Terry Snider

Simply put, Terry has brought music into the lives of many in the Kingston community. Over the last eight years, Terry has served as president of The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe's MILL) and is a co-founder of Sistema Kingston – an orchestra for youth at risk. Since Joe's MILL opened in the basement of the Robert Meek Centre, Terry has put in countless hours of his own time to grow this organization, which now offers 6,000 free loans of 950 instruments a year. Joe's MILL has recently partnered with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to share its database of instruments and provide expanded access to residents. Terry has also volunteered with the Lviv, Ukrainian Folklore Festival for 25 years and with Victim Services for 10 years. As his nominator wrote, Terry has "made Kingston a better place."

Mayor's Award For Youth Volunteerism 

Lylia Essaddam – Grade 5 To 8 Category

In December 2018, 10 year-old Lylia decided to design and hand paint greeting cards and sell them for $5 each to direct money to a charity that would help homeless people in Kingston. More than 460 people from all over Ontario and Quebec bought Lylia's Gnome-for-a-home cards! In three months she raised $3,000 and donated the funds to a charity that provides low cost, nutritious meals to those in need. She launched the effort again this Mother's Day to support Loving hands Kingston and The Shoebox Project for Women. For Lylia, Gnome for a home is about spreading love and kindness and changing the world one card at a time.

Aidan Tomkinson – Grade 9 To 12 Category

When Aidan sees a need, she takes action to address it, usually by doing what she does best: organizing!  The KCVI student and Memorial Centre Farmers' Market worker has organized a number of efforts at her school including a Relay for Life event; the KCVI Feminist Conference; a "Love Campaign" to lift the spirits of students and address anxiety following online bomb threats made to the school; and a weekly Climate Strike to bring attention to the need to address climate change. Aidan has also organized walkouts to protest changes to the sex education curriculum and school funding. Aidan also regularly connects with Climate Involvement members around the province to find new ideas to educate people on protecting our climate. As an event organizer, Aidan noticed that there was food leftover and took it on herself to distribute it to people in need downtown – sharing her own possessions with some of them as well.  One of her nominators sums Aidan's efforts up, nicely: "Aidan is always concerned with the well-being of all people in her world, and she regularly reflects on ways she can bring positive changes to our local and global community."

Bibi Imre-Millei – Post-Secondary Category

As her nominator wrote, "The work Bibi does is often demanding." Named 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Sexual Health Resource Centre, she developed all the training for more than 40 incoming volunteers, including two full days of training and a 300-page booklet on Kingston Resources and Sexual Health Resource Centre Policies. Bibi helps the Queen's University's Women in International Security group mentor young women seeking careers in international peace and security – an extension of her work as a research assistant at the Centre for International and Defense Policy's Gender Lab. She organized a conference which brought together military members, policy consultants, students, and academics from Queen's, Royal Military College, and many more research institutions to shed light on the role of women in peace and security. She was also a Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Queen's chapter of Love Without Boundaries, which this year raised funds for Safe Haven, connecting young survivors of human trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia with safe foster homes. Her work for the Queen's International Affairs Association has included directing Right of Reply podcasts and acting as assistant editor for The Observer.