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Honouring our community stars

Two individuals and one group of three students have been nominated for the Dundas Valley Collision Centre Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be announced when t Dundas Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosts the Dundas Community Awards, Friday, May 30 at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. A reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Speaker Rob MacIssac will address the topic, The Health of the City.Reserved tickets are $60 and are available by calling the Hamilton Chamber at 905-522-1151 ext. 100. 

 Tim Hamilton

When the Routes Youth Centre puts out a call for volunteers, Tim Hamilton is always the first to offer his help. Not only are Tim’s intentions great, but so is his work ethic. Tim, a student at Mountain Secondary School, helps out at every Routes event, including scrap metal drives, community leaf raking and publicity events. Tim also served as a coat check volunteer at Routes’ fundraising dinner and auction.

Routes Youth Centre, based at the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, is dedicated to providing a safe place and guidance for youth by building relationships in a social and caring environment. While grateful for Tim’s physical labour, Routes is even more excited to see him take on a youth mentor role.

“It is obvious that all the younger youth look up to Tim and he takes this role very seriously, ” according to his nominators. “We strongly recommend Tim for this award; for someone who is constantly giving back, it would be so meaningful to give something back to him.”

 Devin Baker, Emily Davis Santos and Beckett Schefold

Devin Baker, Emily Davis Santos and Beckett Schefold are all eight-year-old students at Dundas Valley Montessori School. The three children have worked tirelessly — and are always seeking out new ways — to help people in need, locally and internationally.

They have organized a pencil drive for children at the Tuleeni Home for Orphans, a facility in Tanzania that provides housing and schooling for children whose parents have died from AIDS. The trio has also raised more than $1,200 to aid Philippine flood relief.

Locally, the trio has organized the collection of goods for the City Kidz toy drive and the Salvation Army food drive, as well as collecting funds for the Terry Fox Run and the Peregrine Foundation. The busy friends are currently engaged in a pop tab driver for wheelchairs.

Danielle Roscoe

Danielle Roscoe is a positive role model, a hard-working student with strong academic achievements and an advocate for several school and community-based groups.

Danielle was chosen by her peers to take the lead on two major fundriasing events at Highland — Halloween 4 Hunger and the Cancer Awareness Bottle Drive. During the bottle drive, Danielle mobilized more than 50 student volunteers, created routes in the community, designed advertising, recruited drivers and worked with local businesses to collect and return almost $1,000 worth of cans and bottles. For the Halloween 4 Hunger campaign, Danielle organized, planned and implemented a community-wide food drive that resulted in more than 7,000 pounds of food being collected and donated to local food banks.

She has also volunteered at The Olive branch, a mission that feeds and works with the poor and homeless in Hamilton’s downtown core. As well, Danielle is active in her church, Dundas Baptist.

According to her nominator, she is “a leader amongst leaders” and an “effective, dedicated and organized student.”

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