This past Sunday, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, M.P. for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl, took part in the 2nd annual Local Heroes Award ceremony.
The awards were presented to 16 recipients from both St. John’s and Mount Pearl who were chosen based on their significant volunteer experience and contributions to the community. The diverse group of recipients support numerous causes, ranging from churches and service clubs, to athletics and the fishery. Together, they are making our community a better place to live.
M.P. O’Regan presented each recipient with a letter of commendation and certificate along with a commemorative Canada 150 pin. The limited edition pin is made from the copper roof of the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa.
“Helping each other is what we do as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Our doors are always open and we are always there for anyone who needs a hand. It is an honour to recognize some of the hard working and dedicated individuals in our community. Each of these recipients embodies the spirit of a local hero and I am glad to call them my neighbours.” – Hon. Seamus O’Regan, M.P. St. John’s South—Mount Pearl
- 15 individuals and one organization were chosen from community nominations to receive the Local Heroes Award this year.
- The Canada 150 commemorative pins are made from the copper roof of the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa.
- Nearly 100 residents attended the awards ceremony at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mount Pearl.
Canada 150 Local Heroes Award Recipients
Hockey coach, president of the Mount Pearl Gymnastics Club, Chair of the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance and Chair of Mount Pearl`s Frosty Festival. Wayne has given tirelessly to his community in so many different ways.
A long-time volunteer and member of St. Peter’s Parish. Ron has done fundraising, organized events, driven people to appointments and even helped pay people’s power bills. Whatever needs to be done, Ron gives his time without second thought.
Angus Barrett has been involved in soccer in Mount Pearl since 1979. He has coached 7 youth teams to a provincial title, including a championship title at the 1992 provincial games, and been involved in both the Canadian and Newfoundland Soccer Associations. Angus has been inducted into both the Newfoundland and Canada Soccer Halls of Fame.
Donna has spent 20 years volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross. As well, she volunteers with the Mount Pearl Kinettes and Iris Kirby House. She also runs free tax clinics.
Executive Director of the Froude Avenue Community Centre, Bob Dawson helps deliver snack programs, cooking classes, Zumba, tutoring programs and much more to the entire community. Following the fire last year on Froude Avenue, Bob was front and centre in making sure volunteers were working hard to get supplies and donations sorted out and to those who needed help.
Hasan Hai has founded Project Kindness Newfoundland, he hosts Meet an Immigrant chats and organized the Merb’ys Calendar, in support of Spirit Horse NL. Hasan as well has dressed up and done Elf on the Shelf to raise funds for the Community Food Sharing Association.
Leo Hearn has dedicated himself to sharing the traditional fishing culture that has sustained Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for years with those not typically in the industry: women, children and tourists. In doing so, he has helped to preserve our island’s heritage.
In addition to bringing the first arena to the Goulds and launching the Winter Carnival, Geneviève has also volunteered with minor hockey, the Lions Club, at the drive-in Bingo and much more.
Joshua Jamieson has been an avid promoter and creator in the Newfoundland and Labrador’s arts scene. He continues to write and produce films, and founded the Jamieson Family Scholarship at Memorial University. Joshua also worked to promote a book which raised money for 300,000 polio vaccines for children in Africa.
Debbie helped create the Mount Pearl City Days, volunteers with the Frosty Festival, and has done great work for Canada’s Veterans. She has worked on Memorial Day ceremonies, the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament, and the NL bronze foundry to create Veterans monuments.
The youngest award winner, Christian is just 17 but has already made big contributions to cancer research. At 7 years old, Christian began taking part in Shave for the Brave and has done so every year since, raising more than $80,000 for the cause.
Founder of the Some Good Market, Laurie has also helped to raise over $80,000 for local food banks and started the Some Warm Welcome project to give Syrian refugees knitted hats, mittens and scarves.
Sandra volunteers at food banks and helps plan the Frosty Festival, while also helping those in need. She is the President of both the local St. Vincent de Paul and Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus.
Stephen helped to build the first school in Mount Pearl, and even ran a school in a garage in the interim until its completion. After that, he worked on building the first Avalon Presbyterian Church and in turn, building the community of Mount Pearl.
Margaret has worked to better the lives of women in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world for over 50 years. Her work with the Women’s Institute of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Federation of Woman Institutes of Canada, the Associated Country Women of the World, and the United Nations, has helped advance women’s issues.
Church of the Good Shepherd:
Awarded for their community lunch program, every Wednesday volunteers work together to provide a free hot lunch for anyone who comes through the doors. Patrons are greeted with great company, warm food, and a sense of community. The program is made possible by the tireless efforts of over 60 people who give their time, money and dedication to the initiative.