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Kingston honours citizens with Civic Awards

June 23, 2016 -

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 on July 1 at City Hall.

"Volunteers across our community work tirelessly and passionately to improve lives and meet the needs of others," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "It is my privilege to recognize these individuals and share their stories with Kingston as part of our Canada Day celebrations. Join me on the front steps of City Hall on Friday, July 1 to recognize the outstanding contributions of this year's Civic Awards recipients."

First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award

Robert Charest: Robert is a retired lieutenant-commander of the Canadian Armed Forces. Since 2010 he has walked along Kingston East's trails every day picking up the equivalent of four bags of litter – despite suffering from chronic pain. Recognized as a role model for his community, Robert's efforts make Kingston a cleaner city and raise awareness of environmental issues.

Venicio Rebelo: Venicio is a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Kingston. Dedicated to the community, in particular Kingston's children and youth, his fundraising efforts have contributed more than $1 million to local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area and Kingston General Hospital. He is co-chair of the Syl Apps Celebrity Golf Classic, co-founder of Kids for Kids Hockey and founder of the Ambassador Cup soccer tournament. Venicio was also a major supporter of the Springer Market Square ice rink. 

First Capital Honourable Achievement Award

Cristiano Vilela: Cristiano is a director of Sustainable Kingston and a trustee for The Awesome Foundation, Kingston. Since 2011, he has supported the safety of Kingston residents with real-time traffic and safety news updates on Twitter and Facebook as Make It Home YGK. His concern for the community extends beyond safety into community engagement.

Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism – Grade 9 to 12 Category

Virginia Weese: Virginia is a Grade 11 student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School. After travelling to El Salvador in 2014 with her church as part of a mission to build a community centre, Virginia has dedicated herself to giving back to those in need. Her fundraising efforts and collaboration with the Interchurch Refugee Partnership raised more than $5,000, which assisted with settling of Syrian refugee family in Kingston.

Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism – Post-secondary Category

Daniela Cino: Daniela is a student at Queen's University and the founder of Dresses4Prom. Dresses4Prom is a non-profit organization that collects donations of gently used dresses and gowns, offering them free to Grade 12 girls who may not be able to afford to purchase their own prom dresses. Daniela worked with local businesses to offer the girls a complimentary make-up, hair-styling and photography session. In 2015, Dresses4Prom helped almost 100 young women in the Kingston and surrounding area. Daniela also volunteers at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.