The Niagara Impact Awards recognize community members who have made a positive impact on life in Niagara.
Residents were encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations who have gone above and beyond to help make living in Niagara a little better for others during the past year.
With over 250 submitted nominations, hundreds of stories were shared about those who made a substantial, positive impact on our communities. The scope and scale of the nominations ranged from moving personal stories, to broad, region-wide examples of service.
On June 24, the Regional Chair announced the names of the eight winners of the 2021 Niagara Impact Awards.
This young resident applied the new skills that she learned during the pandemic to help those less fortunate in our community by crocheting 100 scarves. Those scarves were then donated to the Hope Centre in Welland so the homeless in her community could stay a little warmer during the winter.
Her efforts and generosity are inspiring and a step towards improving the quality of life in Niagara.
Natasha's positive and constructive outlook has helped to make Niagara a more welcoming and inclusive community, while also putting a spotlight on black business owners who have persevered and prospered in the face of adversity and systemic prejudice.
Ms. Bell received multiple nominations from those who could not say enough positive things about the impact she is having in our community.
While her acts of service may be more personal than some others, they are making no less of an impact.
From coordinating baseball tournaments as fundraisers for those who needed to purchase a hospital bed at home, to hand delivering groceries to housebound residents during the pandemic, this individual serves her community without any thought of herself.
Justin is a Kid's Help Phone ambassador, an anti-bullying advocate who started Rise Against Bullying, a global campaign designed to support victims of bullying, those with mental health issues and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.
Nominators also pointed out that this recipient hand wrote hundreds of Christmas cards to individuals who were shut-in due to the pandemic. Justin's contributions to our community is vast, and he is certainly deserving of this award.
While they have numerous service offerings, their innovative service dog program aims to provide trained service dogs to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. They also eliminate the fostering aspect normally associated with service animals. This unique approach reduces costs and increases the bond between the dog and the individual.
All of their services are offered free of charge and they have already seen amazing results in a short amount of time.
After mobilizing a team of volunteers, and partnering with local businesses, the Legion managed to prepare and deliver over 14,000 warm meals to seniors and veterans in the community who were housebound due to COVID-19.
This service was offered free of charge and made a lasting impact for those in Niagara.
If we think back to the early days of the pandemic, sanitizer was a hot commodity - Dillion's did what they could to help out, even making their sanitizer free of charge for first responders and health care workers in our community.
Their innovative process to produce the sanitizer was copied in numerous other places outside of Niagara, proving its real impact.
Tom's individual contribution and his ability to secure donations will have a lasting impact on the health of our community for decades. This huge sum of money was raised in just over two months and demonstrates his generosity and leadership in action.
To quote Lynne Guerriero, one of his nominators, "Tom's leadership has demonstrated just how much the community values him as a philanthropist, a business leader, and as the public face of what it means to make Niagara a better place for all who live here."
The Regional Chair congratulates all nominees for the inaugural Niagara Impact Awards. The following individuals, businesses and non-profits received Awards of Merit and Certificates of Recognition.
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