De­serv­ing recog­ni­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY ANCELENE MACKIN­NON

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.”

ANCELENE MACKI­NON/TC MEDIA

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.

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