25th Awards night for “Achievers’
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.
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.