Youth­fest co-founder is Cit­i­zen of the Year

Burling­ton hon­ours its best at its an­nual Best Awards

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The city has hon­oured eight of its cit­i­zens at the an­nual Burling­ton’s Best Awards cer­e­mony. The awards, given out on Thurs­day, rec­og­nize res­i­dents who bring hon­our to the city and make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity. Cit­i­zen of the Year: Dorothy Borovich, co-founder of Youth­fest, which pro­motes youth phi­lan­thropy and vol­un­teerism, en­cour­ages youth to take on com­mu­nity in­volve­ment to gain a sense of be­long­ing. Her fundrais­ing ef­forts have led to an en­dow­ment fund with the Burling­ton Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion to as­sist youth in their com­mu­nity en­deav­ours. Se­nior Per­son of the Year: Dave Page, vol­un­teer with the Age Friendly Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, is pas­sion­ate about the need for af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble and safe hous­ing for older adults. He played a vi­tal role in Hal­ton HomeShare Tool­kit, a guide to help older adults stay in their home and share it with some­one who can help with house­hold re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Ju­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year: Mehr Mah­mood, a vol­un­teer who has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to many lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Burling­ton Pub­lic Li­brary, Hal­ton Mosque and the Com­pas­sion So­ci­ety, is ded­i­cated to in­clu­siv­ity in the com­mu­nity. She is an in­spi­ra­tion and leader of the li­brary’s teen ad­vi­sory board and its Fu­sion pro­gram for teens with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity: The Te­tra So­ci­ety’s vol­un­teers cre­ate cus­tom­ized as­sis­tive de­vices for peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties to en­hance and en­rich their health and qual­ity of life. Te­tra’s “giz­mos” in­clude eat­ing uten­sils and recre­ational aides. Her­itage: Jim Cle­mens, a leader in pre­serv­ing her­itage as a mem­ber of Her­itage Burling­ton, was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the re­port “A New Ap­proach for Con­serv­ing Burling­ton’s Her­itage,” which led to a her­itage tax re­bate pro­gram in the city. Com­mu­nity Ser­vice: Mar­ion Goard co-founded 100 Women Who Care Burling­ton, in which women do­nate $100 four times a year to dif­fer­ent char­i­ties, re­sult­ing in $10,000 per char­ity. Re­cip­i­ents in­clude the lo­cal Hu­mane So­ci­ety, Hal­ton Women’s Place and Car­pen­ter Hospice. En­vi­ron­men­tal: Kale Black has hand-sorted more waste at 44 Burling­ton fes­ti­vals and events than any­one else, di­vert­ing 61 tonnes of trash from the lo­cal land­fill. Black, who has spent nine years cham­pi­oning the en­vi­ron­ment, has also taught ed­u­ca­tional “green” work­shops to 7,000 Burling­ton chil­dren. Arts Per­son of the Year: Mar­garet Lind­say Holton’s short film, “The Frozen Goose,” in­cludes shots of north Burling­ton and is the only known Cana­dian film to in­clude Rat­tlesnake Point and Mount Nemo. She hired a lo­cal cast and crew to keep it a grass­roots pro­duc­tion, to pro­mote lo­cal tal­ent and to en­cour­age other film­mak­ers to con­sider Burling­ton’s unique­ness too.

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