“The Civic Awards program is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions and accomplishments of North Grenville’s residents, businesses and organizations,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate an individual or organization. North Grenville is very fortunate to have such caring and committed volunteers who want to make our community stronger.”
The 2019 and 2020 Civic Awards were awarded to the following organizations and individuals:
Arts and Culture (Adult, Age 26-55): Barbara Lacelle – For over 20 years, Ms. Lacelle has committed countless hours, limitless energy and dedication to the Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company, an organization that enables young people (aged 12 to 18) of Kemptville and area to take to the stage and develop musical and performing arts interests. With an infection for fun and an inclusive attitude, Ms. Lacelle and her team have brought over 25 top notch productions to life for the community, from the very first Oklahoma!, to Oliver, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, Grease, Shrek, Legally Blonde, Newsies and so many more. Ms. Lacelle has created an amazing and inspiring production company and we thank you for the many years of dedication in bringing joy to the community with your love of the arts.
Recreation, Sport and Leisure (Adult, Age 26-55): Nick Charman – For exemplary volunteerism and leadership in fitness in North Grenville through community involvement, sport and fundraising efforts. Mr. Charman has spent countless hours volunteering his time as a coach with Kemptville Warrior’s basketball, fitness leader, fundraising and as an overall health, wellness, and fitness advocate within the community. He is a leader and positive role-model to those around him, teaching life-long benefits of an active lifestyle, the importance of teamwork and building each other up. Mr. Charman is employed full-time with the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently deployed overseas, and yet always finds time to ensure he is involved in his community. *Mr. Charman was not able to attend the ceremony and will be presented with his award at a later date.
Exemplary Work in the Community (Adult, Age 26-55): Jess Wilson – For her work raising funds and awareness on breast cancer, and was the driving force behind the “Barbell for Boobs” fundraiser that raised over $5,000 for breast cancer research. Ms. Wilson actively brought together many local businesses to support the fundraising efforts through donations, which helped bring the community together in this successful online event. This was all done on her own initiative with great effort to co-ordinate the event and ensure it was COVID-safe and conducted under public health guidelines during the pandemic.
Exemplary Work in the Community (Senior, Age 56 and older): Brian Wilson – Mr. Wilson has given so much of his time to the community over the years. Members of the community may recognized his voice as the announcer of the Kemptville 73 Jr A Hockey Team. Mr. Wilson has been an integral part of youth activities in the community for over three decades. He is an advocate for children and youth in recreation through bowling, lacrosse, hockey and Cub Scouts, and has been present in the community for many fundraising efforts. His community advocacy and pride shine through in all his efforts. Mr. Wilson plays an integral part of our community and we are incredibly lucky to have him guide the children and youth of the next generations. Residents may have also seen him double as Santa Claus in Kemptville over the years, bringing joy and laughter to young and old alike!*Mr. Wilson was not able to attend the ceremony and will be presented with his award at a later date.
Exemplary Work in the community (Group): Kemptville District Community Association – This relatively new volunteer group was able to pivot in the early days of the pandemic to develop a dynamic and exclusively virtual Canada Day event in partnership with neighbouring community associations, the local radio station, and the Business Improvement Association. The all-day event showcased local talent, engaged the community via an elaborate community scavenger hunt and encouraged residents and businesses to decorate their homes and storefronts in style. North Grenville’s diverse culture was celebrated, and spirits lifted during a very stressful time. Wendy Embleton and Samantha Rivet-Stevenson accepted the award on behalf of the Association.
“On behalf of Council, we would like to extend our congratulations to all the award winners and acknowledge the significant role they play in helping define the caring culture that makes up North Grenville,” added Mayor Peckford.
The Mayor and Council of the Municipality of North Grenville established the Civic Awards Program to recognize and honour the selfless efforts and dedication of outstanding individuals and groups who volunteer in service to our citizens and community.
Since the Program began in 2009, more than 40 individuals and 7 groups have been recognized for their efforts.
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