St. Thomas Honours and Awards Recipients for 2014 have been announced. They will be recognized on Thursday April 23rd at a ceremony and banquet at the Memorial Centre. And the winners are ...
Dianne Bacon has dedicated fifty years to the community through Girl Guides of Canada. She has worked for generations with “Brownies” and is a role model and mentor to young girls that are developing skills and learning qualities that will help prepare them for life. (Volunteer Individual Award).
Gary Comfort is being recognized for longstanding community involvement with football. He is dedicated to developing athletes on and off the field into strong individuals and encourages young people to build and foster friendships through team sports. (Volunteer Individual Award)
The 2014 Relay For Life St. Thomas Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who have significantly advanced Relay for Life and the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society to fight cancer in the City of St. Thomas and surrounding area. The Committee is recognized for their creative and innovative thinking in bringing this Relay to the fore front as a community event which has successfully raised over 1.6 million dollars in St. Thomas. (Volunteer Organization Award)
Ken Monteith is recognized for his long-standing commitment to the health and wellness of the citizens who utilize the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Ken’s vision for the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation in 1985 was to establish an organization that believed in the health of families and friends. Over the past 30 years the Foundation has built long lasting partnerships with corporate citizens and has raised over $ 37 million since its inception. Ken has worked diligently as Campaign Chair over the past three years providing leadership, passion and a commitment to inspiring others. (Good Citizen Award)
Dennis Dlouhy is recognized for his special contribution to the community as an inspirational coach and mentor. Dennis is dedicated to improving the lives of kids through physical education and activity. Dennis coaches soccer, hockey and volleyball.
Ken Gadsdon is being recognized for his special contribution to the community for his involvement in youth sports as a coach and mentor. Ken led the fundraising efforts for local school playground equipment raising $60,000 and has also acted as a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.
Ken and Dennis work closely with parents, students and members of the Spikes Volleyball Program and are committed to enriching the lives of the children through their encouraging coaching styles. (Special Contribution Award)
Rob Martin is being honoured with the Mayor’s Award for his years of dedication and volunteer service to his community. Rob is always graciously offering his time to help out any way he can with community events such as Canada Day, Rib Fest, the Seniors Picnic, Movies in the Park and so much more. Rob can be seen all season long assisting with Minor Hockey, the Adult Men’s League as well as a fixture at the STARS games as security, volunteer and biggest fan!
The City of St. Thomas will be paying tribute to these individuals Thursday April 23, 2015 at 6 pm in the Memorial Arena Auditorium, Wilson Ave. Tickets are available, $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for children (12 and under) at the Parks and Recreation Department, 2 Third Ave. For further information contact: Parks & Recreation at (519)633-7112.