According to Port Hope Now reporter  Gareth Vieira, “MP Kim Rudd, was at the Capitol Theatre Thursday (November 16) to announce the recipients of the Canada 150 Constituency awards, which took place in the Sculthorpe Room. Every Member of Parliament received special Canada 150 pins made from the copper of the roof of  Parliament. MP Rudd awarded members of the community that showed a depth of charitable and community giving. The list of winners came from all walks of life.”

Here is a list of recipients:

Abeer Al-Salihi (Cobourg) – Volunteer for Syrian refugee programming;

 Carol-Anne Bell-Smith (Cobourg) – Longtime supporter of arts and accessibility issues;

 Victor Chamberlain (Cobourg) – Longtime social enterprise volunteer (Beyond the Blue Box);

 Cale Crowe (Alderville First Nation) – Indigenous issues advocate/musician;

 Doug Cunningham (Hamilton Township) – Volunteers with the organization Sleeping Children around the World, providing bed-nets for thousands of children;

Bruce Davis (Brighton) – Longtime community volunteer (Brighton Health Services Centre/Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund);

 Terry & Thelma Dillon (Cobourg) – Longtime multiculturalism advocates;

 Sister Linda Gregg (Northumberland) – Longtime advocate for social justice and environmental issues;

Debbie & Keith Hillyer (Trent Hills) – Longtime community volunteers/Founders, Fishability;

 Connie Hooey (Orono) – Longtime community volunteer;

 Lyssa Keil (Camborne) – Employment advocate for Tanzanian youth;

 Patti May (Colborne) – Longtime community volunteer (Colborne Legion);

 Kally McMurray (Cobourg) – Youth volunteer;

 Gwen Mellis (Port Hope) – Longtime community volunteer (Habitat for Humanity/Help Centre);

 Deborah O’Connor (Northumberland) – Longtime poverty activist;

 Rax Pattison (Newcastle – Longtime community volunteer;

 Diana Rodgers (Cobourg) – Longtime community volunteer;

Sharon Rusk (Brighton) – Current President (Federated Women’s Institute, Brighton);

 Nicole Whitmore (Port Hope) – Homelessness/social services advocate.

Ms Rudd who is the member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources said, “My office was overwhelmed with incredible nominations. The depth of charitable and community giving by the individuals as nominated was staggering. It was my privilege today to acknowledge these community champions in this special ceremony.”