Pitt Meadows honors 2021 benefactors with community service awards – Maple Ridge News

Not only was the third annual Town of Pitt Meadows Community Service Awards held in person, the event drew large crowds with residents grateful for the community champions.

During the city’s annual Christmas celebrations, the city recognized on December 3 individuals who had dedicated their time and lives to doing good for society on December 3.

“Each year I am extremely impressed with how the residents of Pitt Meadows have surpassed themselves in the face of today’s challenges and I am very happy to recognize them for their efforts,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall, adding: “We have had to ‘incredible residents nominated by our residents.

The Spirit of Pitt Meadows Award for Outstanding Resident of the Year, which recognizes an individual’s contributions for exceptional community service, dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Pitt Meadows, was presented to Amy Shaw.

Shaw was praised for her dedication to improving the community with the Hearts on the Fence initiative at Pitt Meadows Elementary. Shaw was also credited with helping beautify Pitt Meadows and spreading positivity through community service during a difficult year.

The Community Service Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership and exceptional community service without regard to personal gain, was presented to John Barnes, “for his selfless commitment to Pitt Meadows through volunteerism and community contributions.” Barnes is involved with the Pitt Meadows Seniors Center, volunteering his time helping out at events, hosting trivia and the pool team, and helping seniors with computer challenges. He and his wife are also credited with helping improve the space of the local park after beavers removed several trees, which were replanted by park staff.

The Community Service Youth Award in the 13-18 age group went to Ali El Massri, for showing what it means to be a role model for his peers through volunteering and academics.

“A bright 16-year-old student at Pitt Meadows High School, Ali volunteers many hours at the Friends in Need food bank during the school holidays. Ali is also an excellent student, with the intention of embarking on computer programming after graduation. Ali continues to give back to his community and maintain excellent grades. Pitt Meadows is proud that this young leader is making such a positive difference in our community, ”said Dingwall.

The Community Service Youth Award for ages 5 to 12 went to Tristan Kennedy for his inspiring desire to help others and promote positivity in the community during a difficult time.

During the April 2020 lockdown, Kennedy and his mother began posting riddles and jokes outside their home in an effort to put a smile on their neighbors’ faces. Over 150 jokes later, they created a book about it and sold it with the proceeds to benefit the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and the Friends in Need Food Bank, raising over $ 5,000.

The Good Neighbor Award recognized Thelma Rodriguez for her exceptional dedication to helping others in her community. She alone received five nominations for this award. For many years, Rodriguez volunteered his time and resources to temporary farm workers at Pitt Meadows, providing them with meals, clothing, and bikes while they were here. She is also known to stop her car to give an umbrella to random people on rainy days.

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“We have the best community for a reason. People are at the heart of Pitt Meadows and our nominees and winners deserve special recognition for their exceptional commitment to improving the well-being of our community and making us all proud of Pitt Meadows, ”said Dingwall.

Nominations were received, reviewed and selected by the Citizen-Led Working Group comprised of Angela Williams, Leslie Bennewith, Gay Conn, Danielle Spraggs and Carole Kubb.

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