Candace Sommerville is the winner of this year’s Bob Martin award. She has demonstrated commitment to making a difference in her community by giving her time as a Bingo Volunteer for two non-profit organizations: Community Living Fort Erie and the Adult Literacy Program. Her role is to greet and provide education to players about the great work that these Non Profit Organizations do. This is important work as both Agencies only receive funds if they are able to provide volunteers for their weekly bingos. Candace has developed a good rapport with other volunteers which has created a natural support for her transportation to and from bingos.
Candace has also volunteered her time for the past several years to a very worthy cause. She helps out each year at McHappy Day which is a National fundraiser that helps children in need.
Recently Candace has become a Girl Guide leader for the first Ridgeway/Sparks unit. Candace went through the entire program as a young girl and because of that experience, her co-leader feels she will have lots to bring to the table. As a leader Candace is part of mentoring and developing young women into well rounded leaders in their community. Candace is very enthusiastic about this volunteer opportunity and is working hard to learn all of her responsibilities.
Congratulations Candace, your volunteerism is award worthy!!
This year’s winner of the Community Inclusion Award is Jack Ammer.
As a volunteer Jack’s hard work every week at Intercede International does not go unnoticed. He received the volunteer of the year award at a banquet earlier this year.
This Non Profit organization is always happy to see Jack and include him in the everyday workings of their organization. They appreciate him greatly and depend on him to be there. He loves his placement there on Thursday mornings as well as Wednesday nights when he goes to bible study.
Jack is also an integral part of the Community Living Fort Erie self-advocates AIM group. He attends all meetings as well as participating in all previous March for Inclusion events.
Jack feels a great sense of accomplishment and is always actively included. Jack attends flag raisings at town hall every year to ring in Community Living month in May. He is proud to be there representing our organization and the community that he belongs to.
Jack is also a respected member of his church congregation at Windmill Point Church. He is included in all aspects of his church from breakfasts, dinners and prayer contributions. Jack attends every Sunday without fail and really enjoys his spiritual community. Jack is also well respected in the community in general. Jack has many friends in his community and is the beneficiary of handshakes and general warm wishes when he goes out. Jack demonstrates leadership through his actions and role models effective community participation. He is a valued member of the Fort Erie community!
Congratulations Jack, we celebrate the motivation and personal growth you have achieved this past year!!
This year we recognize Liam Rockey as the recipient of the Wendy Henderson bursary. From a very young age Liam has been an active member of his community!!
He has attended community camp programs including the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club and through his positive involvement he has worked his way into a leadership role acting as a role model for other campers.
Through dedicated volunteerism Liam has gained the reputation of being a young man who generously “gives back to his community”. Liam has contributed many volunteer hours over the past few years through the transitional aged youth summer program. Placements have included the Fort Erie S.P.C.A., Safari Niagara, I-Can.t.e.r., the Horse & Pony Rescue Centre, Sexsmith Farm and The Buffalo Canoe Club.
Liam has demonstrated through these experiences that he is a hard working, dedicated young man that continues to achieve his new goals. One of Liam’s goals was to get a job. With support from Community Living Fort Erie, Liam has started working at Patterson’s in Fort Erie, cleaning the salesroom window’s and dealership car detailing.
Liam’s dream career is to work with wildlife. In August, 2018 he will be participating in a wildlife 2 week program in Africa!
In May of this year, Liam transitioned from Lakeshore Catholic High School and is now enrolled in the new Community Integration Program through The Co-operative Education Program (CICE) at Niagara College, Niagara-On-The-Lake campus. This is a two year modified program designed to provide the opportunity to experience College Life and enhanced academic, social skills and to develop vocational.