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The nomination period for the 2017 Civic Awards has ended.

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 18th year and winners will be honoured at a ceremony on Canada Day.

In 2017, as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, we are happy to announce the introduction of a scholarship program for the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism. The scholarship program has been made possible thanks to the United Way of KFL&A. Our local United Way is using funds received from the net proceeds of the 2016 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 endeavors 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.   

Award criteria

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.

2016 winners

Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism

Virginia WeeseVirginia 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.


Daniela CinoDaniela 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.


First Capital Distinguished Citizen

Robert CharestRobert 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 RebeloVenicio 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.


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.

Past Winners

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

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

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
Civic Awards