Youth set tone for 2014 Dundas Community Awards

News Apr 30, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

For the first time in the 21 years the award has been handed out, there was a tie for Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Dundas Community Awards, Friday night.

Catharine Bowman and Anisha Rao shared the 2014 title, but the co-winners were not alone, Fellow nominees Meaghan Burse and Deanna Stender helped set the evening’s tone - about youth coming forward as future leaders of the community.

“I believe just being nominated is a reflection of us all being deserving of this award,” Bowman said.

She also made a point of thanking her parents - setting in motion another ongoing theme of the evening, recognizing those who pass on passion, integrity and leadership to others in the community.

“It was such a shock,” Rao said. “It’s just a pleasure helping other people and just being a part of the community.”

The direction all four youth are heading was personified by the winner of the 41st Dundas Citizen of the Year Award, Thie Convery.

Convery moved to Dundas 30 years ago and created a hometown base of operations for an international volunteer effort.

"My dentist is in Dundas, my Chiropractor is in Dundas, I get my groceries at Metro,” Convery said. “Everything I do is in Dundas – that was intentional.”

Convery swam Lake Erie and attempted to cross Lake Ontario in her “End Polio Now” swim.

She said the effort is on the verge of eradicating Polio in the few countries where it remains a problem.

 “I want to be a part of that,” Convery said, adding that she will make a donation – on behalf of everyone at the Dundas Community Awards gala dinner last Friday night – that will immunize thousands of children.

In addition to a long list of local volunteer efforts, the Rotarian is currently chair of a committee overseeing creation of Rotary Creekside Park on a site once destined to become a high-rise condo at the edge of Dundas' historic downtown.

Momentum Fitness, one of the first two businesses to move into the refurbished 102-year-old Dundas Post Office building in 2011, was recognized as Dundas Business of the Year.

Owned by former Queen’s University football star Craig Spear, Momentum created a “fitness community” within the historic space that offers a variety of programs including hiking, walking and running clubs. Momentum has supported a long list of charities over the past four years.

Guest speaker Terry Cooke followed up on Bowman’s reference to the support of her family.

“Commitment, passion and values don’t happen by accident,” Cooke said.

The former Hamilton-Wentworth regional chairman, and current President of the Hamilton Community Foundation, spoke about the need for leadership in Hamilton.

“I’m excited about our youth,” Cooke said. “Because they’re going to do things better than we did in our generation.”

Jennifer Crowson, Theresa Horrill and Fred Vermeulen were nominees for Dundas Citizen of the Year presented by RBC Royal Bank.

Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre was nominated for Business of the Year.

The Dundas Youth Volunteer of the Year Award is presented by Dundas Valley Collision, and includes a bursary from the Rotary Club of Dundas.

The Dundas Community Awards are sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and presented by the chamber’s Dundas Division.

 

 

Youth set tone for 2014 Dundas Community Awards

Commitment, Passion, Values don't happen by accident

News Apr 30, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

For the first time in the 21 years the award has been handed out, there was a tie for Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Dundas Community Awards, Friday night.

Catharine Bowman and Anisha Rao shared the 2014 title, but the co-winners were not alone, Fellow nominees Meaghan Burse and Deanna Stender helped set the evening’s tone - about youth coming forward as future leaders of the community.

“I believe just being nominated is a reflection of us all being deserving of this award,” Bowman said.

She also made a point of thanking her parents - setting in motion another ongoing theme of the evening, recognizing those who pass on passion, integrity and leadership to others in the community.

“It was such a shock,” Rao said. “It’s just a pleasure helping other people and just being a part of the community.”

The direction all four youth are heading was personified by the winner of the 41st Dundas Citizen of the Year Award, Thie Convery.

Convery moved to Dundas 30 years ago and created a hometown base of operations for an international volunteer effort.

"My dentist is in Dundas, my Chiropractor is in Dundas, I get my groceries at Metro,” Convery said. “Everything I do is in Dundas – that was intentional.”

Convery swam Lake Erie and attempted to cross Lake Ontario in her “End Polio Now” swim.

She said the effort is on the verge of eradicating Polio in the few countries where it remains a problem.

 “I want to be a part of that,” Convery said, adding that she will make a donation – on behalf of everyone at the Dundas Community Awards gala dinner last Friday night – that will immunize thousands of children.

In addition to a long list of local volunteer efforts, the Rotarian is currently chair of a committee overseeing creation of Rotary Creekside Park on a site once destined to become a high-rise condo at the edge of Dundas' historic downtown.

Momentum Fitness, one of the first two businesses to move into the refurbished 102-year-old Dundas Post Office building in 2011, was recognized as Dundas Business of the Year.

Owned by former Queen’s University football star Craig Spear, Momentum created a “fitness community” within the historic space that offers a variety of programs including hiking, walking and running clubs. Momentum has supported a long list of charities over the past four years.

Guest speaker Terry Cooke followed up on Bowman’s reference to the support of her family.

“Commitment, passion and values don’t happen by accident,” Cooke said.

The former Hamilton-Wentworth regional chairman, and current President of the Hamilton Community Foundation, spoke about the need for leadership in Hamilton.

“I’m excited about our youth,” Cooke said. “Because they’re going to do things better than we did in our generation.”

Jennifer Crowson, Theresa Horrill and Fred Vermeulen were nominees for Dundas Citizen of the Year presented by RBC Royal Bank.

Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre was nominated for Business of the Year.

The Dundas Youth Volunteer of the Year Award is presented by Dundas Valley Collision, and includes a bursary from the Rotary Club of Dundas.

The Dundas Community Awards are sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and presented by the chamber’s Dundas Division.

 

 

Youth set tone for 2014 Dundas Community Awards

Commitment, Passion, Values don't happen by accident

News Apr 30, 2015 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

For the first time in the 21 years the award has been handed out, there was a tie for Youth Volunteer of the Year at the Dundas Community Awards, Friday night.

Catharine Bowman and Anisha Rao shared the 2014 title, but the co-winners were not alone, Fellow nominees Meaghan Burse and Deanna Stender helped set the evening’s tone - about youth coming forward as future leaders of the community.

“I believe just being nominated is a reflection of us all being deserving of this award,” Bowman said.

She also made a point of thanking her parents - setting in motion another ongoing theme of the evening, recognizing those who pass on passion, integrity and leadership to others in the community.

“It was such a shock,” Rao said. “It’s just a pleasure helping other people and just being a part of the community.”

The direction all four youth are heading was personified by the winner of the 41st Dundas Citizen of the Year Award, Thie Convery.

Convery moved to Dundas 30 years ago and created a hometown base of operations for an international volunteer effort.

"My dentist is in Dundas, my Chiropractor is in Dundas, I get my groceries at Metro,” Convery said. “Everything I do is in Dundas – that was intentional.”

Convery swam Lake Erie and attempted to cross Lake Ontario in her “End Polio Now” swim.

She said the effort is on the verge of eradicating Polio in the few countries where it remains a problem.

 “I want to be a part of that,” Convery said, adding that she will make a donation – on behalf of everyone at the Dundas Community Awards gala dinner last Friday night – that will immunize thousands of children.

In addition to a long list of local volunteer efforts, the Rotarian is currently chair of a committee overseeing creation of Rotary Creekside Park on a site once destined to become a high-rise condo at the edge of Dundas' historic downtown.

Momentum Fitness, one of the first two businesses to move into the refurbished 102-year-old Dundas Post Office building in 2011, was recognized as Dundas Business of the Year.

Owned by former Queen’s University football star Craig Spear, Momentum created a “fitness community” within the historic space that offers a variety of programs including hiking, walking and running clubs. Momentum has supported a long list of charities over the past four years.

Guest speaker Terry Cooke followed up on Bowman’s reference to the support of her family.

“Commitment, passion and values don’t happen by accident,” Cooke said.

The former Hamilton-Wentworth regional chairman, and current President of the Hamilton Community Foundation, spoke about the need for leadership in Hamilton.

“I’m excited about our youth,” Cooke said. “Because they’re going to do things better than we did in our generation.”

Jennifer Crowson, Theresa Horrill and Fred Vermeulen were nominees for Dundas Citizen of the Year presented by RBC Royal Bank.

Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre was nominated for Business of the Year.

The Dundas Youth Volunteer of the Year Award is presented by Dundas Valley Collision, and includes a bursary from the Rotary Club of Dundas.

The Dundas Community Awards are sponsored by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and presented by the chamber’s Dundas Division.