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Winners will receive civic awards on Canada Day

June 23, 2015 -

Canada Day programming is planned continue rain or shine. If there is severe weather it may impact the events. Cancellations will be announced on the City's Twitter feed and/or Facebook page.

Gather at the front steps of City Hall at noon on Canada Day to offer your kudos to this year's winners of the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism and First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Award.

"It will an honour and a privilege to be in the company of such stellar community-minded Kingstonians on our nation's birthday," says Mayor Bryan Paterson who will present the awards as part of the civic ceremony.

Winners of the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism

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.

Winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Award

 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.

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.

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About the City of Kingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.