Oakville community volunteers honoured at Community Spirit Awards

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – for immediate release

Oakville community volunteers honoured at Community Spirit Awards

Outstanding achievements in volunteerism were celebrated at the 12th annual Community Spirit Awards last night at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Volunteers representing eight diverse categories were recognized for their exemplary contributions to the Oakville community.

2013 Community Spirit Award recipients:

Greg Gittings, Access Award sponsored by MEDIchair Halton
Dana Said Dennaoui, Arts Award sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
Andy Stark, Environmental Award sponsored by Tim Hortons
Acclaim Health Hospice Visiting Program, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by Sun Life Financial
Wendy Belcher, Heritage and History Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
Diane Daly, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
Michael Lansdown, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Oakville
St. Thomas Aquinas Peace and Justice Club, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

“The dedication and commitment of our volunteers helps us to create the most livable town in Canada,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I want to thank our volunteers for everything they do. Congratulations to each award winner and all of the nominees for their exceptional leadership and generosity.”

The Weather Network’s Chris Mei acted as the evening’s master of ceremonies, delighting the audience while sponsors handed out the awards. One of a kind framed, fibre art awards were designed exclusively for this year’s award recipients by local artist and active QEPCCC member Donna Funnell.

“The Community Spirit Awards recognizes residents who selflessly dedicate their lives to serving others,” said Nina de Vaal, director, Recreation and Culture. “This year’s nominees cover a wide range of interests, but they all have one important thing in common—they carry with them a strong commitment to this community. We applaud them for making a difference and encouraging others to do the same.”

Since 2002, Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards have recognized individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to the community.

For more information, visit the Community Spirit Awards page.

Media contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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Oakville community volunteers honoured at Community Spirit Awards