MP McColeman and MPP Levac recognize outstanding local citizens with special awards

BRANTFORD – Phil McColeman, member of parliament for Brantford-Brant, and Brant MPP Dave Levac, hosted a ceremony and celebration last week at the Sanderson Centre to present 150 individuals and organizations from the Brantford-Brant riding with a special award to commemorate Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthday.

The sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada is a rare opportunity to celebrate this significant occasion by recognizing those who have gone above and beyond in their service and desire to be responsible citizens.

This unique award serves to honour those who have made substantial contributions in their community, province and country and acknowledges that others are truly grateful for their hard work, dedication, energy and passion.

Recipients were chosen through a nomination process under various categories including community builders, agriculture, caregivers, educators, entrepreneurs, faith leaders, emergency responders, good neighbours, arts culture and heritage, athletes, coaches, students, seniors, and service clubs.

“Today is a wonderful occasion to celebrate those who have dedicated themselves to service for their fellow citizens, their community and their country,” said McColeman. “Some of these individuals are widely recognized for their tremendous contributions, while others represent the unsung heroes of our community. This award signifies our tremendous gratitude for everything that they do.”

“Our community has such a large body of selfless volunteers who give of their time and resources. They make this community the best place to live, work, play and raise a family, said Levac. “It is fitting that Phil and I come together to celebrate these fine people as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada and Ontario. These people are but a sample of the many more who volunteer to make us the envy of the world.”

Those recognized for their outstanding contributions include:


Danuta Azman-Zielinski

Gregory Baetz

Todd Bannister

Retired Auxiliary Staff Sgt. Norm Barrieau

Jack Bawcutt

Charles (Chuck) Beach

Brian Beattie

Stephanie Bennett

John Berki

Lisa Berki


Ron Birkett

Sherron Birkett

Shari Biro

Sandra Blackmore

Sheri Blackmore

Max Blouw

Derek Bond

John Bradford

Mike Breuls

Sharon Brooks


Tara Buchanan

Jeff Burnham

Bob Caissie

Dave Carrol

Marty Chapple

Ken Chisholm

Bob Coyne

Bill Chopp

Leah Cochrane

Dave Collins


Cst. Andrea Cooper

Sgt. Brad Cotton

James Crick

Brett Davidson

Roger Davis

Larry Davis

Claude Denis

Deputy Chief Rob Dinner

Sarah Disher-Neddow

Anwar Dost


Janice Doty

Dennis Duce

Rev. Florence Edwards

Bill Emmott

Jean Emmott

Harry Emmott

Eva Evans

Pat Eyzenga

Robert Feagan

Steve Ferlatte


Mick Ferras

Mike Foster

Shelley Gaudet

Ethan Golden

Jeremiah Golden

Brent Goodnough

Walter Gretzky

Marion Haines

Elsie Hankinson

Peter Ham


Helen Hamilton

Bob Hasler

Jennifer Hatfield

Barry Hill

Donna Howell

Betty Hurley

Doug Hunt

Louise Imola

Rick Imola

Bob Johnson


Abby Johnston

Aden Johnston

Sherry Kerr

Amos Key

Evelyn Kidder

Jean Kincade

Carolyn King

Michelle King

Andrew Kojelis

Charlie Kopczyk


Joanna Korchowiec-Szeksztello

Bernie Korfmann

Melanie Kraemer

Harold Krause

Dora Kuilboer

Brenda Kuiper

Steve Kun

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Kunej

Marc Laferriere

Lansdowne Children’s Centre


Miriam LaPeare

Chloe Laro

Retired Sgt.Grahame Lee

Ken Lefebvre

Ruth Lefler

Insp.Peter Liptrott

Dr. Donald Lowcock

Rodger Lyster

Bob MacLean

Reg Madison


Rick Mannen

Lucy Marco

Diane Martyniuk

Corrinne McClure

Marilyn McCulloch

Daniel McDougald

David McKee

Shannon McMannis

Pete Melkert

Colleen Miller


Joan Minnery

Sharon Murphy

Joy O’Donnell

Ana Olson

Randy Papple

Paris Agricultural Society

Bob Peever

Chrystal Petit-Pas

Dorothee Petit-Pas

Norm Philpott


Meryl Pirasol

Derek PIte

John Procee

Rev. Deane Proctor

Mike Rafferty

Fran Raworth

J.Crawford Reid

Cindy Rock

Rick Rock

Mary Rouble


Brendan Ryan

Sgt. Ramona Ryan

Brian Sayles

Erica Sayles

Richard Shaver

Vyrt Sisson

Barbara Sheardown

Neal Stamer

Nicki Straza

Bill Telfer


Michael Thorne

Rien Vanden Enden

Sandra Vos

Frank Wdowczyk

Jim Whitton

Mary Whitton

John Wilkinson

Paul Williamson

Carol Ann Wilson

Stan Worosz

Brian Witteveen

Grace Zhou

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