On April 26th, a delegation representing the Alvinston Community Group travelled to Toronto to accept the prestigious “June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism” presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
This award is presented annually to up to 20 deserving individuals and groups from across Ontario. Recipients are recognized for “superlative volunteer contributions to their communities and to the Province of Ontario”.
Like many small towns, Alvinston must compete for attention with larger neighbouring communities. Having a smaller population and fewer resources can make it difficult to make a small town a vibrant and appealing place in which to live, visit and do business.
The Alvinston Community Group is a grassroots organization of ordinary citizens. They formed in 2007 to help make their community a better and stronger place to live. Since that time, they have implemented a town-wide annual “spruce-up” campaign, worked with individuals and groups to build a skate board park for kids, created a park setting downtown with a gazebo, benches, games table, swings, etc. on a former vacant lot. These are just a small sample of the projects they have either instituted or been actively involved in.
The delegation travelling to Toronto to accept the award from Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration – Michael Coteau, included Alvinston Community Group President – Helen Lomax and Brooke-Alvinston Mayor – Don McGugan.
For additional information contact:
Helen Lomax – Ph. 519-847-5838
Don McGugan – Ph. 519-898-2173