While COVID-19 continues to change the ways we gather, celebrate, and honour one another, it has not changed the way our neighbours step up to support each other in times of crisis.
From making essential grocery trips for immunocompromised neighbours to making wellness phone call checks for seniors to helping newcomer families access the support services they need—volunteers have come together now when we need them the most.
Early in the summer of 2020, in collaboration with Apt613, United Way East Ontario sent out a call for nominations to honour local volunteers who stepped up in this time of need. Since then we’ve gone on to award more than 20 remarkable volunteers who have uplifted their community—showing constant selflessness and care during these unprecedented times.
With our host and 2019 Community Builder of the Year Award recipient, Erin Benjamin, we kicked off 2022 among friends, family, and coworkers to recognize eight more incredible community builders who have worked tirelessly to make our communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. These people are community leaders and fearless advocates who have stepped up and demonstrated a local love that has not gone unnoticed. Starting tomorrow and all this week on Apt613, you can read about these eight amazing individuals and organizations:
- Dr. Warren Clarke
- Daljit Nirman
- Thirteen: A Social Enterprise
- David Chun Yu Lao
- Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif
- Top Shelf Distillers
- Dominion City Brewing Co.
We thank everyone who took the time to nominate these everyday heroes and we thank you, community builders, for your exceptional contributions.
Do you know a community builder who has gone above and beyond to support their communities? Our Community Builder Awards program accepts nominations year-round!