The City of Charlottetown’s annual Mayor’s Citizen Recognition Awards honoured six individuals recently who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
"The people recognized during our awards ceremony are not looking for attention or a pat on the back. These are citizens who strive to make our city a better place and work hard to meet the needs of others, and they do it without expecting anything in return," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We hand out these awards to say ‘thank you’ to those outstanding citizens and to let them know they have earned great admiration and respect from those of us at City Hall, as well as their fellow citizens, family members and friends."
The Citizen Recognition Awards were presented to:
• Rev. Paula Hamilton for her work with children and youth in the Charlottetown Area through her ministry and community outreach at the St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church;
• Anne Marie Hennessey for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts with organizations such as Can-Skate, the Figure Skating Club, and Hockey Mama’s Team;
• Martine Kelly for her involvement and support of Special Olympics PEI and its Active Start and FUNdamentals Program in Charlottetown;
• Keith Wakelin for his involvement with the Charlottetown Fire Department and Charlottetown Police Services, as well as his volunteer work with the UPEI gymnastics program and other community sports and activities;
• David Hilchey for his volunteer work with the QEH, Heart and Stroke Foundation of PEI, CNIB, and for other community involvement, including serving on the CARI complex board of directors; and
• Capt. Rev. Dr. Tom Hamilton for serving the community in many roles, including minister, educator, advocate for veterans, military chaplain and volunteer.
The 18th Annual David Eli MacEachern Scholarship was presented to Alex O’Brien, a 2015 graduating student from Colonel Gray High School. Some of the criteria for the scholarship includes: dedication to excellence in sports; demonstrating good sportsmanship; a passion for learning and excellence; and continuing education in a field of study that relates to sports.
The scholarship and the Citizen Recognition Awards were handed out at a special ceremony held on Thursday, June 11, along with the recognition of long-serving employees of the City of Charlottetown. The 2015 honourees are as follows:
20-year Pin (Pewter)
Cst. Ross Buchanan, Police Services
Paul Johnston, Public Works
25-year Pin (Bronze)
Donna Hurry, Tourism Department
Dianne Dowling, Parks and Recreation
Sgt. Walter Vessey, Police Services
Gordon MacDougall, Public Works
30-year Pin (Silver)
Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan, Police Services
Dianne Smallwood, Water and Sewer Utility
Wally Redmond, Public Works
Dewar Cudmore, Public Works
Linda Thorne, Planning and Heritage
Sharon Becker, Human Resources
Sue Fraser, Parks and Recreation
Deputy Chief Richard Collins, Police Services
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee (right) presents the David Eli MacEachern Scholarship to Alex O’Brien. (Patricia Bourque photo)
City of Charlottetown