The Civic Awards for Youth Volunteerism and the First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement Awards honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to our community through volunteerism. The awards are in their 19th year and winners will be honoured at a ceremony on Canada Day.
Last year a scholarship program was introduced for the winners of the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism. The scholarship program is made possible thanks to the United Way of KFL&A. Our local United Way is using funds received from the net proceeds of the 2017 Kingston Penitentiary tours to create the ongoing scholarship program.
Award recipients will receive a scholarship with a monetary value catered to each category, as outlined below;
- Grades 5-8 - $750 to be used toward a school project of their choice or design
- Grades 9-12 - $1,500
- Post-secondary youth (up to age 24) - $2,000
The intended use of the scholarship monies is to support the youth in their academic endeavours for the Grade 9-12 and post-secondary categories. The Grade 5-8 category is to support a project of the winners choosing or design through their school.
Civic Award for Youth Volunteerism
The Civic Award for Youth Volunteerism recognizes youth in three categories – Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12 and post-secondary youth up to age 24 – who demonstrate one or more of the following attributes:
- Leadership qualities, challenging themselves and others.
- Care and compassion for members of the community, particularly those with special needs.
- Ability to overcome personal challenges to donate their time to volunteer and assist others.
- Ability to motivate others to achieve and strive for goals.
- Willingness to mentor fellow youth and others.
- Has special skills and personally contributes to improving the quality of life of the Kingston community.
First Capital Distinguished Citizen/Honourable Achievement
The First Capital Distinguished Citizen and Honourable Achievement Awards recognize volunteers of all ages for community contributions in the area of: culture, heritage, recreation, sports, health, education, health care, environment, safety, volunteering or business. First Capital Distinguished Citizen Awards recognize a lifetime of volunteer work, while Honourable Achievement Awards recognize more specific efforts.
Distinguished Citizen Award
- 2000 - Jim Bennett, Edward Grenda, Thomas Zakos
- 2006 – Frank Norman, Amanda Milliken
- 2007 – Jim Keenleyside, Alan Grant
- 2008 – Fred LaFlamme, Keith Watson
- 2009 – James Brown
- 2010 – Glenn G. Williams (posthumously)
- 2011 – Brigitte McConnell
- 2012 – Cindy Mills
- 2013 – Dr. Robert Gordon
- 2014 – Joanne Langlois, Alan Murphy (posthumously)
- 2015 - Curt Bolton
- 2016 - Robert Charest, Venicio Rebelo
- 2017 - John Armitage
- 2018 - Jason Trueman
Honourable Achievement Award
- 2000 – Jack Bryden, Ross Cameron, Dorothy Elston, John Mannerings, Thelma Martineau
- 2006 – Bill Robb
- 2007 – Carol Steele, Ed Kehoe, Mary Elisabeth Poirier, Jim Stevens
- 2008 – Sarah Emery
- 2009 – Debra Lefebvre, Julian Brown
- 2010 – Dr. James Low, Arthur Milnes
- 2012 - Anne St. Denis
- 2013 – Tammy Babcock
- 2015 - Fred Jones
- 2016 - Cristiano Vilela
- 2017 - Georgette Fry, Henrik "Henk" Wevers
- 2018 - Emilio Frometa
Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism
- 1999 - Karen Batten, Emily Smyth
- 2000 - Melinda Morey, Charles Wilson
- 2001 - Kathryn McCartney, Brittany Tough
- 2002 - Erin Stewart, Andrew Burtch
- 2003 - Jessica Baird, Irfaan Manji , Carolina Escudero, Sara Heath
- 2004 - Amrit Sehdev, Becky Shillington
- 2005 - Nick ArnoldVincent Strohmaier, Vivian Lee
- 2006 - Spencer Watson, Ashley Gow
- 2007 - Parnika Gupta
- 2008 - Melissa Hogeboom
- 2009 - Jeremy Dent, Alison Bagg, Vishvek Babbar, Deanna Elderhorst
- 2010 - Darry Malka Kyakimwa, Judy Kim, Harley Sardinha, Lindley Kenny
- 2011 - David Covey - Joshua Ryan Edwards
- 2012 - Devon Cobb, Prerna Babbar
- 2013 - Cheyenne Wood, Cynthia Bradley, Katrina Putos
- 2014 - Lucy Bellemare, Robert Colwell
- 2015 - Jayan Anpalahan, Mackenzie Curran
- 2016 - Virginia Weese, Daniela Cino
- 2017 - Erin Peterson, Erina Park
- 2018 - Abigail Harrett, Alexander Abicht, Yaara Docrat