The City of Kingston has announced the 2010 First Capital Award and the Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteerism, who will be honoured at the civic ceremony on Canada Day July 1.
These awards are presented every year to acknowledge individuals who have demonstrated incredible dedication through volunteerism and have made a significant impact on the Kingston community.
A notable recipient this year is radio personality and Kingston-community activist Glenn “G” Williams, who was informed that he had been named this year’s First Capital Distinguished Citizen one week before his passing.
In a city release, Mayor Harvey Rosen is quoted as saying, “The City of Kingston is filled with citizens, young and old, who continuously commit to making our community a better place to live.”
“The recipients chosen for these local awards represent excellence in volunteer service to the city we call home. Choosing winners from a large pool of nominees is always a difficult task. That being said, this year’s winners are another group of worthy recipients.”
This year’s First Capital Award Winners will b awarded posthumously to Glenn Williams, in recognition for his extensive charity work — notably the United Way (which has named an award in his honour).
He is also know for his work with the Partners in Mission Food Bank, Easter Seals, the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library and the Boys and Girls Club, along with city events such as Feb Fest and the annual Limestone City Blues Fest.
“G” was diagnosed in 2008 with ALS, and lost his battle with the illness on May 31, 2010.
Honourable Achievement awards are to be presented to Dr. James Low, who founded the Museum of Health Care at Kingston and has been its volunteer Executive Director for almost twenty years. The Museum has acquired over 30,000 artifacts, opened outreach galleries in five satellite locations, and developed extensive educational programming.
Also receiving an Honourable Achievement award is Arthur Milnes for his continual promotion of the city and in particular Sir John A MacDonald, Canada’s first prime minister and Kingston member of parliament.
Milnes founded Sir John A. Macdonald Day, wrote the popular “In Sir John A.’s Footsteps” walking tour, arranged for former Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin to record the audio walking tour, and successfully lobbied for highway signs along the 401 proclaiming Kingston as the home of Sir John A MacDonald.
The Mayor’s Awards for Youth Volunteerism in the grade 9-12 category will go to Harley Sardinha and Lindley Kenny.
Harley Sardinha has been associated with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area since 1999 as a member, leader in training, volunteer and co-op student. For the past ten years Harley has successfully demonstrated her strong leadership and communication skills with other youth in the implementation of various programs at the Club.
Lindley Kenny, who maintains an honours level of academic achievement and work part-time as a math tutor, is also a peer tutor at her high school and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. Lindley is involved with the urban / rural outreach program with the Club and recently assisted with a presentation to the Nova Scotia Rural Leaders Conference where she shared the success of the Kingston-based outreach program.
In the Post-secondary category, Darry Malka Kyakimwa and Judy Kim will receive awards.
Darry Malka Kyakimwa moved to Canada from the Congo four years ago and since her arrival, has spent countless hours volunteering at school, at Queen’s University, and at Martha’s Table. Surmounted incredible obstacles, as she moved from a refugee camp in Africa to Canada, Darry obtained her high school diploma, competed two years on the Dean’s Honor List at Laurentian University and now is part of a select group of students at Queen’s who will complete the accelerated nursing program.
Judy Kim began volunteering with Ongwanada in 2006 and has been visiting five women at the Ongwanada Community Residence every week since that time. Judy is now a student at Queen’s University and has increased her volunteer activities with assisting staff in planning special events for clients and has been instrument in fundraising activities with the sale of her homemade origami crafts. Judy was named Ongwanada’s Volunteer of the Year for 2008/09.