Mak­ing their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - CÉLINA IP

Pem­broke res­i­dents, both young and old, have been rec­og­nized for their suc­cesses and ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

The night of June 4, the City of Pem­broke hosted the sec­ond an­nual Civic and Youth Awards to rec­og­nize lo­cal the ac­com­plish­ments and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions of lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als who have helped to make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live.

With the cer­e­mony tak­ing place at the Best West­ern Pem­broke Inn, Mayor Michael Le­May kicked off the evening by ad­dress­ing the crowd that was made up of win­ners, pre­sen­ters, nom­i­na­tors and sup­port­ers.

Le­May said that he’s pleased to rec­og­nize the out­stand­ing civic ser­vices pro­vided by lo­cal res­i­dents as well as the pos­i­tive roles that young peo­ple play in to­day’s so­ci­ety. He noted these awards were es­tab­lished by city coun­cil to cel­e­brate and rec­og­nize lead­er­ship, per­sonal civic com­mit­ment and vol­un­teerism in the com­mu­nity.

“I am proud of this com­mu­nity and the ev­ery day he­roes who self­lessly give to oth­ers,” said Le­May. “You have made time and space in your lives and our city is bet­ter for your con­tri­bu­tions.”

Pem­broke Coun. Chris­tine Reavie, the chair­woman of the awards com­mit­tee, ex­pressed her hon­our in be­ing able to rec­og­nize this year’s win­ners which in­cluded 15 in­di­vid­u­als from all walks of life and rep­re­sent­ing all age groups.

“The awards en­com­pass all ages so it’s nice for the youth to see the ac­com­plish­ments of the older peo­ple in our com­mu­nity but it goes vice-versa as well. It’s beau­ti­ful to have all of these peo­ple come to­gether in our cel­e­bra­tion of what they re­ally all do for our com­mu­nity,” she said.

Among the youth re­cip­i­ents was high school sports sen­sa­tion Sophie War­ren who was pre­sented with the “Young Ath­lete of the Year” award in recog­ni­tion of her in­nu­mer­able ath­letic ac­com­plish­ments.

Hav­ing been in­volved in 12 OFSAA pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, War­ren has con­tin­u­ously com­peted at the high­est lev­els of sport for com­mu­nity and school-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and has led her team to four top fin­ishes in track and field. Most re­cently, her hockey ca­reer has led her to win­ning the pro­vin­cial “A” cham­pi­onship with her Ottawa Val­ley Thun­der midget team.

“I love be­ing here with all the other re­cip­i­ents and it feels re­ally nice just get­ting that spe­cial hon­our,” said War­ren, a Grade 12 stu­dent at Val­our School. “My life ba­si­cally re­volves around sports so this is def­i­nitely a nice award to get.”

Fol­low­ing War­ren’s re­ceipt of the “Young Ath­lete” award, it was time to an­nounce the “Pem­broke Se­nior” to an in­di­vid­ual/group who was at least 65 years of age and had made the City of Pem­broke a bet­ter place to live.

Reta McBean was named this year’s “Pem­broke Se­nior” in recog­ni­tion of her 30-plus years of vol­un­teer ser­vice with the Pem­broke Li­brary.

Nom­i­nated by Pem­broke Li­brary CEO Karthi Ra­ja­mani, McBean was rec­og­nized for her con­tri­bu­tions to the li­brary by pro­mot­ing early lit­er­acy among the chil­dren of Pem­broke and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Her gen­er­ous do­na­tion of an early lit­er­acy play sta­tion to the li­brary has been a valu­able tool to en­gage young chil­dren in the ex­plo­ration of words, read­ing and learn­ing.

Upon re­ceiv­ing her award, McBean said “I’m re­ally pleased to have been nom­i­nated by the li­brary for this award. You know, if any­one asks me, the li­brary is my favourite place in town and I’ve been a vol­un­teer there for quite awhile and you get back more than you give. It’s a won­der­ful thing to do and it’s very nice to have my ef­forts ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The full list of win­ners was as fol­lows:

The award for Civic Pride was pre­sented to Lou Ham­mill.

Per­sonal Courage went to Maxim Larouche.

The Com­mu­nity Ser­vice award was awarded to Bar­bara Schoof.

Arts and Lit­er­a­ture awards went to Braden Ler­oux and Ab­bi­gail Schonnop.

The Arts and Cul­ture award was pre­sented to Jor­dan David­son.

Awards rec­og­niz­ing Com­mu­nity Con­tri­bu­tions went to Re­nee Kong and Kathryn Ni­col.

The Good Sa­mar­i­tan award was pre­sented to Tif­fany Grahl.

The award for Lead­er­ship was pre­sented to Kate Hurley and Rhea Gal­lant.

Young Ath­lete award went to Sophie War­ren.

Pem­broke Se­nior of the year was Reta McBean.

The Mys­tery Award went to Sylvia Whit­more and David Whit­more (posthu­mously). cip@post­media.com

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

The night of June 4, the City of Pem­broke hosted the sec­ond an­nual Civic and Youth Awards to rec­og­nize ac­com­plish­ments and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Award win­ners (from left) are Re­nee Kong, Rhea Gal­lant, Kate Hurley, Jor­dan David­son, Lou Ham­mill, Ab­bi­gail Schonnop, Maxim Larouche, Braden Ler­oux and Sophie War­ren. In front (from left) are Sylvia Whit­more, Bar­bara Schoof, Tif­fany Grahl, Kathryn Ni­col and Reta McBean.

Re­nee Kong, left, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions award at the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Gerry Ha­ley of the Pem­broke/Petawawa Lions Club.

Jor­dan David­son, cen­tre, was pre­sented the arts and cul­ture award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here he ac­cepts the award from Michael Par­ent of Those Phantom Knights (left) and Dan Mel­lon of KI Canada.

Kathryn Ni­col, right, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions award at the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from John Es­cott of the Pem­broke Ro­tary Club.

Braden Ler­oux, left, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the arts and lit­er­a­ture award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here he ac­cepts the award from Den­nis Ryan of the Ki­wa­nis Club.

Tif­fany Grahl, left, was pre­sented the Good Sa­mar­i­tan award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Nor­bert Cha­put of the Pem­broke Re­gional Sil­ver Stick Tour­na­ment.

PHO­TOS BY CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Maxim Larouche, right, was pre­sented the per­sonal courage award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here he ac­cepts the award from Ro­tary Club of Pem­broke’s John Es­cott.

Bar­bara Schoof, left, was pre­sented the com­mu­nity ser­vice award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Mike Minns of David E. Minns In­surance Agency.

Ab­bi­gail Schonnop, left, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the arts and lit­er­a­ture award at the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Lisa Hawkins of the Pem­broke Fid­dling and Step Danc­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Sophie War­ren, left, was pre­sented the young ath­lete award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Nor­bert Cha­put of the Pem­broke Re­gional Sil­ver Stick Tour­na­ment.

Kate Hurley, left, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the lead­er­ship award at the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Mike Marc­hand of Friends of Bo­gie’s Bar.

Rhea Gal­lant, left, was one of the re­cip­i­ents of the lead­er­ship award at the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 72 pres­i­dent Stan Hal­l­i­day.

Reta McBean, right, was pre­sented the Pem­broke se­nior award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards cel­e­bra­tion. Here she ac­cepts the award from Elaine Met­zger.

Lou Ham­mill, left, was pre­sented the civic Ppide award dur­ing the City of Pem­broke’s Civic and Youth Awards Cel­e­bra­tion. Here he ac­cepts the award from Pem­broke Mayor Mike Le­May.

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