King Township Volunteer Appreciation Night 2018 winners
Larry Gould was presented with the prestigious Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, from the Governor General's Office. He was recognized for his exceptional dedication, leadership and commitment to Schomberg Minor Hockey Association for the past 48 years. Gould was the recipient of the OMHA Honour Award in 2015, for his outstanding voluntary contribution to minor hockey for a considerable period of time.
Special Recognition Awards
Arts Society King (ASK) is the mainstay of arts and culture in King. The organization delivers a cornucopia of arts-related initiatives such as the community-wide banner program, student art exhibits, professional art exhibitions that attract visitors from near and far to King, and the creation of the art magazine MOSAIC, which showcases life in King. "Your organization has been instrumental in enriching the love of art to many people in our community." Teri Hastings, Blair Day and Sue Iaboni accepted the award on behalf of ASK.
Ilya Dagenais and Jaime Dagenais were both recognized for their involvement and continued efforts in Schomberg Minor Hockey. Ilya has devoted numerous hours as the organization's ice scheduler, website manager and organizer of Hockey Day in King. He has acted as SMHA director to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association and is an active member of the Schomberg Lions Club. He was a key member of the negotiating committee in forming the King Township Minor Hockey Association and is currently the KTMHA director for the OMHA. Jaime is a member of the SMHA board and is tournament director for rep hockey tournaments. Volunteering and running fundraisers for SMHA tournaments has been critical to the success of the organization. "Your dedication and commitment is truly remarkable."
Peter Iaboni was recognized for his generosity and time to the community, through many years of coaching and refereeing soccer. He was an active participant in the development of King's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. He's been an active member and chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee; a council member of Sacred Heart Church; member of ASK and King for Refugees. He has also volunteered during election time for all three levels of government.
Elaine Kitteridge coordinated the Canada 150th celebration held in Kettleby. She coordinated large groups of volunteers and booked a wide variety of entertainment, displays and booths of the very successful event.
Sylvia Pal is a committed member of the King Township Public Library Board of Trustees; chair of the policy committee; vice-chair of the Library Board and current chair of the Library Board since 2015.
Bob Phillips has been an active member of the Nobleton Lions Club for many years, bringing in new members. He leads the Nobleton Christmas tree lighting program; helped spearhead efforts to have the community electronic sign funded and installed; is an active member of the Nobleton Hall board. He's been instrumental in improving the Lions' image in the community.
Murdene Pozdrowski was a member of chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee for several years; an active member and secretary for ASK; current vice-president of the King Township Historical Society and volunteered for the King Township Food Bank. Murdene has also been involved in fundraisers for Children's Wish, Tournament of Champions, Polo for Heart and Canadian Cancer Society.
Tom Wray is a dedicated board member of ASK and has been a committee member for the Studio Tour for years. He's the chair and main organizer for the Schomberg Street Gallery and past-president of the Schomberg Village Association. He's also a member of the Schomberg Agricultural Society.
Michele McNally created the remarkable children's organization, Nobleton Children's Theatre Company. It provides children with the opportunity to explore, discover and grow through dramatic arts. The group has been instrumental in blessing and enriching the lives of many children, building confidence, self-expression and social skills.
Senior Citizen Award of Merit
Dr. David Harper is a founding member of the Nobleton Lions Club and has been active for 55 years! He has volunteered for Epilepsy York Region and he co-chairs the club's Walk for Dog Guides held every May. He has served on the Township's committee of adjustment and continues to serve the community through the Lions Club. Founding member of the Schomberg Tennis Club (formerly Pottageville Tennis Club)
Barb Prince has demonstrated special dedication and generosity. She also supports King for Refugees, Schomberg Horticultural Society, Southlake hospital, Schomberg arena snack bar and assists with fundraising for the Pottageville Pavilion and Park.
Youth Awards of Merit
Jocelyn Borrowclough dedicates her time to assist emergent readers and children through the Library's Reading Buddies Program.
Sasha Olynyk is involved in the Township's summer camp program, initiatives within her school and tutoring elementary students at Nobleton Public School.
Emilia Parente assists emergent readers and children through the Library's Reading Buddies Program.
Citizen of the Year
The late Vince Cancelli was chosen as King's Citizen of the Year. Mayor Steve Pellegrini made the special presentation April 10 in the Cancellis condo home in King City. Sadly, Vince lost his battle with cancer and passed away April 15. He was member and chair of the board of the King City Seniors Centre, implementing programs and providing opportunities to learn and instill healthy, active living for all seniors. He coordinated many events and created the drama group known for its "murder mysteries." He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Knights of Columbus. He volunteered with the King City Lions Club and helped with fundraising for Meghan's Walk. Vince was known for his "special charisma," reliable nature and passion to help others. He helped seniors get to their medical appointments and was always humble. "You have been instrumental in blessing and enriching the lives of many through your thoughtful and generous volunteer service."
Speeches by Mayor and Councilllors
Photos from the event