City of Burlington recognizes community leaders at awards celebration


Burlington, Ont., May 10, 2012- The City of Burlington recognized community leaders at the Civic Recognition Awards held tonight at the Burlington Convention Centre. The event was attended by more than 200 guests, including a number of previous winners of the Citizen of the Year award.

Now in its 47th year, the Civic Recognition Awards continue to recognize individuals or groups that make a difference in the community and have played a role in making Burlington a great place to live, work and play.  In total, 17 Burlington residents were nominated for a Civic Recognition Award.  Each nominee was recognized for his or her contributions and presented with a certificate of congratulations.  The nominees for the 2011 Civic Recognition Awards are Michelle Bennett; Trevor Copp; Myles Erlick; Susan Fraser; Barbara Frensch; Jim Frizzle; Wendy Hagar; Bo Chen Han; Marilyn Heintz; Beverley Jacobs; Donald Jervis; Sam Kawazoye; Crystal McNerney; Mary Plows; Dr. Salem Rao; Amy Stringer and Dan Taylor.

The following Burlington residents received Civic Recognition Awards:

Citizen of the Year, Wendy Hagar

Wendy is the founder and driving force behind Sew on Fire Ministries.  She has created a streamlined organization which provides humanitarian aid to missions, hospitals, schools and orphanages around the world. She created a local store where donated new items can be purchased by the public.  Her work has touched the lives of over 125,000 people in 91 countries. With her leadership and dedication, Wendy has inspired over 50 volunteers and many local organizations to volunteer hundreds of hours sorting, sewing and knitting to provide clothing and goods to fill the need both locally and abroad.

Senior Person of the Year, Jim Frizzle

Jim's volunteering has spanned many decades, beginning in 1974 with the Civitan Club.  His dedication has helped many physically and mentally challenged people in the community and throughout the country.  His volunteering has extended to other organizations including chairman of sponsorship for Carpenter Hospice, The United Way, Burlington Crime Prevention and YouthFest and Board of Directors at Summit Housing and Outreach Programs.

Junior Citizen of the Year, Dan Taylor

Dan has demonstrated the natural ability to motivate and lead a number of high school students in the areas of community involvement and volunteerism.  He has devoted his time to volunteering on the YouthFest Committee, Student Council President, Section Leader for MM Robinson High School Marching Band, Senior Fundraising Coordinator for Central Ontario Leadership Seminar and is a Special Events Assistant for 24/7 Church and Youth Centre.  His dedication to youth volunteerism has made a significant impact in his school and local community.

Arts Person of the Year, Trevor Copp

Trevor grew up in Burlington, spent many years acting in school plays and was very involved with Burlington Student Theatre.  After completing an education in performing arts, including Mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris, Trevor founded Tottering Biped Theatre in Burlington.  Trevor continues to work at building Burlington's first professional theatre company and advocates for local performing arts and culture.  His involvement in the Flounder Festival is instrumental in the success of the event and community outreach in the education of the importance of the arts.

Environmental Award, Michelle Bennett

Michelle has been working for years to help Burlington be an environmental leader. She is an educator for local food, community gardens and volunteers on both BurlingtonGreen and Burlington's Sustainable Development Citizen Committee.  Her dedication is most exemplified in her commitment and perseverance to establish a community garden on public lands - the first of its kind in Burlington, which will offer education and food to local citizens and food banks. The education program will help people learn how to start growing their own and the benefits from choosing locally grown food.

Community Service Award, Sam Kawazoye

Sam has tirelessly volunteered his time for numerous activities in Burlington, including his local church. His greatest achievement has been his hard work with the Burlington Mundialization Committee.   He was instrumental in the twinning of Burlington and Itabashi, a relationship that is over 20 years old. In particular, he has contributed his time to organizing public school art exchanges, planning anniversary celebrations and the annual UN Day festivities.  His quiet efforts over the years have greatly contributed to Burlington's status as a global community.

For more information, please contact Andrea Holland, Committee Clerk by phone at 903-335-7600, ext. 7413, or by email, at


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