by Rachel Everett-Fry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Municipal Council awarded the last two 2019-2020 Civic Awards at the Council Meeting of September 7. While other Civic Awards were presented in December of 2020, these two recipients were unable to attend at that time. This was the first opportunity that Council had to present these awards in person.
Mayor Nancy Peckford said, “It gives Council a lot of pleasure to recognize and honour the selfless efforts and dedication of two individuals who volunteer in service to their 1neighbours, friends, citizens, and our community.” The next call for nominees for civic leadership awards will be sent out soon.
The first award recipient was Nick Charman. Nick received the 2019-2020 Recreation, Sport and Leisure Award. Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman said, “Nick has a long list of volunteer efforts in sports and recreation, including volunteer coach for the Kemptville Warriors, volunteer fitness leader, volunteer CrossFit coach at a local gym, he’s the chair of our Health, Wellness, and Fitness Advisory Committee, as well as playing a key role in fundraising for various charities.” Councillor Kristin Strackerjan thanked Nick, stating that he “motivates and educates athletes of every age, teaching the lifelong benefits of an active lifestyle.”
Brian Wilson was awarded the 2019-2020 Exemplary Work in the Community (Senior, Ages 56 and Over) Award. “Parks manager by day and volunteer by night, Brian has been an integral part of youth activities for over three decades, and bringing the spirit of Christmas by playing Santa Clause for over 7 years,” said Councillor John Barclay. For Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan, Brian is “very deserving of this award.” She said he “has been a longstanding cub leader and bowling coach, and the booming voice for our Kemptville 73s.”