25th Awards night for “Achiev­ers’

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Usu­ally, when chil­dren present a prize to their par­ents we are sub­jected to a pan­e­gyric on how hav­ing had this man as your dad is the bright­est thing that even hap­pened to you and how fond you are of all the mo­ments that you shared with him. Once in a while, a bit more truth is spo­ken as was the case when Rachel Hunt­ing spoke about her father, Karl Hunt­ing, re­cip­i­ent of the Don­ald Pa­trick Award. By rais­ing some of the side ef­fects of his vol­un­teer work, the speech be­came a real look at the man and the ad­mi­ra­tion and af­fec­tion that she has for him truly and truth­fully emerged.

Twenty-five years ago, the Town of Len­noxville cre­ated an event to high­light the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of its cit­i­zens. The Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Awards were thus born.

Once a year, com­mu­nity mem­bers who have ex­celled in the fields of Arts & Cul­ture, Cit­i­zen­ship & Vol­un­teer Work, Education, Sports, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Ur­ban Plan­ning, Hero­ism, and Youth Lead­er­ship are awarded framed cer­tifi­cates dur­ing a cer­e­mony held in their hon­our.

The Don­ald Pa­trick Award, also pre­sented dur­ing this cer­e­mony, is given to an in­di­vid­ual or a group who has greatly con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity of the Bor­ough of Len­noxville. This an­nual prize was es­tab­lished in 1982 by Bishop’s Col­lege School in mem­ory of Don­ald Pa­trick, a man for­ever ad­mired by Len­noxville res­i­dents for his tremen­dous in­volve­ment in many so­cial causes.

This event is an op­por­tu­nity for the Bor­ough of Len­noxville to pay trib­ute to the ac­com­plish- ments of its cit­i­zens, and to make the gen­eral pub­lic aware of the ex­tra­or­di­nary in­volve­ment of their fel­low cit­i­zens within the com­mu­nity. Education QAHN - Que­bec An­glo­phone Her­itage Net­work

Founded in Len­noxville in 2000, the Que­bec An­glo­phone Her­itage Net­work (QAHN) is a non-profit, non-par­ti­san prov­ince-wide or­ga­ni­za­tion en­gaged in the preser­va­tion of Que­bec's her­itage. QAHN's spe­cial mis­sion is to pro­mote the his­tory of Que­bec’s English-speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Mem­ber­ship, how­ever, is open to any or­ga­ni­za­tion or in­di­vid­ual, re­gard­less of lan­guage or cul­tural af­fil­i­a­tion. About 100 mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties, and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions across Que­bec are mem­bers of QAHN.

QAHN’s con­nec­tion to Len­noxville dates back to its be­gin­nings. Our found­ing con­fer­ence took place at Bishop’s Univer­sity, and was co­or­di­nated by the Len­noxvilleAs­cot His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum So­ci­ety. Our first of­fices were at Up­lands (to­day, they are in the Marguerite Knapp build­ing on Queen Street).

QAHN has or­ga­nized con­fer­ences across Que­bec on sub­jects rang­ing from his­toric preser­va­tion to best prac­tices for small mu­se­ums. We have ad­vo­cated for her­itage preser­va­tion at all lev­els of govern­ment. We sup­port vol­un­teerism, and rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of vol­un­teers in the her­itage sec­tor through our an­nual Mar­ion Phelps and Richard Evans awards. Our Her­itage Es­say and Her­itage Photo con­tests re­ceive sub­mis­sions from stu­dents at el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary schools across the prov­ince. Each year, we host in­terns from Bishop’s and other univer­si­ties. QAHN has brought many projects to com­ple­tion. Our “English-Speak­ing Que­bec through 100 Ob­jects” ini­tia­tive was launched at Up­lands and fea­tured nu­mer­ous ar­ti­facts from the Town­ships. We pub­lish five her­itage on­line mag­a­zines, an e-bulletin called Her­itage Line, and the quar­terly mag­a­zine Que­bec Her­itage News, which is printed in Len­noxville on the presses at Blanchard Litho. This mag­a­zine is mailed to read­ers across Canada, and is rec­og­nized for its his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­cles and its re­port­ing on con­tem­po­rary is­sues in her­itage con­ser­va­tion. As an or­ga­ni­za­tion with deep Len­noxville roots, QAHN is de­lighted to be rec­og­nized by the Bor­ough with an Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Awards in the Education cat­e­gory. Don­ald Pa­trick Award Karl Hunt­ing

It is with great plea­sure that I sub­mit the nom­i­na­tion of Karl Hunt­ing for the Don­ald Pa­trick Award for the 2015 edi­tion of the Bor­ough of Len­noxville’s Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Awards. Karl has been ex­tremely ac­tive within the Len­noxville com­mu­nity in­clud­ing chair­ing the Friend­ship Day or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, coach­ing the Po­lar Bears hockey team at Bishop’s Univer­sity, and driv­ing youth from the Len­noxville Youth Cen­ter to a Mon­treal Cana­di­ens game. Al­ways avail­able and will­ing to help, Karl cares deeply for the Len­noxville com­mu­nity.

For the past three years, Karl has been pres­i­dent of the Friend­ship Day or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. He worked tire­lessly to en­sure that the event was a re­sound­ing suc­cess for all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. He led the com­mit­tee with a clear vi­sion and strong lead­er­ship. His goal for ev­ery Friend­ship Day was for the com­mu­nity to have fun and en­joy a fam­ily-friendly day – a goal he met ev­ery year that he was pres­i­dent. Karl con­sis­tently raised the bar ev­ery year to keep the event ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able for all.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Karl coached the Po­lar Bears hockey team at Bishop’s Univer­sity for 15 years. His com­mit­ment to the play­ers he coached was un­wa­ver­ing dur­ing his ten­ure at the helm of the team. A huge sup­porter of com­mu­nity team sports, Karl be­lieves strongly in healthy com­pe­ti­tion among youth ath­letes, and was a pos­i­tive role model for the play­ers on his team. He has been a very strong sup­porter of the youth within our com­mu­nity and has vol­un­teered his time to help out with ac­tiv­i­ties at the Len­noxville Youth Cen­ter. Most re­cently, he drove a 15-pas­sen­ger van full of very ex­cited and en­er­getic youth to Mon­treal to watch a Mon­treal Cana­di­ens game.

His many con­tri­bu­tions to the Len­noxville com­mu­nity are many, and Karl’s great sense of hu­mour and bit­ing wit make work­ing with him on any task an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. He is a kind and self­less man who truly cares about the Len­noxville com­mu­nity and its mem­bers. His con­tri­bu­tions to the Len­noxville com­mu­nity will be felt for years to come.

Photo cour­tesy

The Bor­ough of Len­noxville’s Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award win­ners gath­ered for a photo af­ter the awards cer­e­mony held at the Amedee-Beau­doin Cen­tre last Thurs­day evening. It was the 25th an­niver­sary of th­ese awards which are given to Len­noxville res­i­dents who have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to their com­mu­nity’s suc­cess.

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