Besides celebrating Canada’s birthday Wednesday, the town of Kensington also feted Kiersten Richards and Bonnie MacRae.
Mayor Rowan Caseley presented Richards with the Youth of the Year Award at the Kensington Railyards, which featured other July 1 festivities.
The KISH graduate said she was surprised to receive the award, and was unaware she had been nominated.
This is her third year with the College of Piping playing tenure drum. She is also learning to play snare. She’s in cadets, and takes guitar and singing lessons.
“I like helping people and having a lot of people around me,” said Richards, who is attending UPEI next year to take radiology.
She encourages others to get involved with programs to do everything they can.
Bonnie MacRae was Kensington’s Citizen of the Year Award recipient, and said it was overwhelming to be chosen.
MacRae was on town council, has worked with Children’s Wish Foundation, Relay for Life, Bowl for Kids Sake, and managed a female hockey team.
She said Children’s Wish has got her heart.
“I’ve seen a wish granted a couple times, and to see that wish and that child’s face is beyond words.”
She enjoys doing everything she can for others.
“I enjoy seeing smiles put on people’s faces who need help. If I know I can help someone, I’ll always be there for them.”
MacRae has passed the values on to her children of giving back, doing their best, and to be a good citizen.
She said it’s nice to be recognized and to see the same for others because there can be a lot of negativity in the world.
“This is a positive day, and I’m blessed to live in such a beautiful community. We’re just a small town with a big heart.”
Youth of the Year Award winner, Kiersten Richards, and Citizen of the Year Award winner, Bonnie MacRae, hold up their award and flowers after being recognized for their community efforts on Wednesday at the Kensington Railyards.