2019 Order of Hamilton recipients
Kathy loves basketball. For 50 years, she has paid it forward to children in the Hamilton community as a coach, coordinator and board member for the C.Y.O. and CANUSA Games. In 2000, Kathy became a member of the CANUSA Board of Directors. She has worked tirelessly on fundraising efforts and helped organize and execute the annual CANUSA Golf Tournament. Kathy is also a proud Hamiltonian and has volunteered her time with many other games and events including the 1988 Summer Games, 1991 Disabled Games, 1992 Senior Games and the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Dave has volunteered in the Hamilton sporting community for almost 60 years. ]From 1962 to 1982, he coached in 3 different sport areas at Alexander Park: Midget Boy’s Baseball, Girl’s Senior Softball, Bantam Boy’s Hockey. He also coached the Stelco Men’s Slo-pitch team, was a Board Member of Cub and Scout Troops at St. Paul’s Anglican Church for 5 years and CANUSA Games girl’s softball coordinator for 8 years. For the last 37 years, from 1982 to present, Dave has been on the CANUSA Board of Directors.
Kenneth began teaching elementary school in 1955 transitioning to secondary school to become a geography department head, a vice principal and a principal. He retired in 1989 to work as a full-time volunteer. As a key stakeholder of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Council and the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre, Ken has placed great emphasis on education. Ken was involved in the development of the Cootes Paradise Fishway, the Great Lakes first two-way fishway to prevent invasive species from entering Cootes. In the early 1990s, Kenneth was a primary leader in the formation of the Hamilton Bay Area Restoration Council and played a key role for 30 years with the Hamilton naturalist Club as their representative on the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.
Dr. Joan Heels
At the young age of 87, Joan has been actively involved in many local community projects and has inspired many to be engaged in our community. Joan has been a strong supporter of Rotary and demonstrates the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self” inspiring younger members to become involve in volunteer and service projects that benefit children and youth. In 2013 during the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Joan spearheaded an initiative to engage women in Rotary. To honour and celebrate the 100th anniversary, a Rotary Remembers Calendar was created featuring Women Leaders. These women leaders put together and created a calendar and then sold the calendars to fundraise funds to support local literacy projects like the Summer Literacy Camp that offers barrier free camp to over 1000 children each year.
Nancy has been an active volunteer for almost 40 years and held varying roles in eight different sport related organizations in the City of Hamilton. From 1981-2007 she was a past President, Treasurer, and Tournament organizer of many events including two National championships, and countless District and Provincial events for the Churchill Fields Lawn Bowling Club. She was an original member of the Sports Council (now Sport Hamilton) and involved with the Disabled Games, Senior Games, and the Grey Cup. She was also on the 1994 and 2000 hosting committees for the International Children’s Games and is a past Chairman for the City of Hamilton Sport Volunteer banquet. She has been on the Board of Directors for the CANUSA Games for over two decades
Latisha, or Tish for short, is a passionate volunteer and advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ youth community. She is involved in both HamOntYouth and acts as chair for the Rainbow Youth Collaborative. She participates in lots of events to support LGBTQ2S+ youth in the city and is a great mentor for younger LGBTQ2S+ youth. Tish works through some disabilities connected to a medical condition making her volunteerism even more impressive.
Nina is 80 years young this year. She immigrated to Canada from Italy and has lived in Hamilton since the age of 16. She has three children and nine grand children and two great grand children. She is an active volunteer community member at her church and in the community. She has volunteered for over 55 years.
Robin has demonstrated through advocacy and outstanding commitment to preservation of history in Hamilton Cemeteries for over 20 years. Robin’s efforts have assisted in the preservation of the history, memories and physical preservation of Hamilton Cemeteries and has been a dedicated volunteer. As a dedicated volunteer Robin conducts free walking tours each Saturday at Hamilton Cemetery. The Stories in the Stones historical walking tours help preserve the history and memories of those buried in the cemetery. The tours have well over 800 visitors each year, plus over 500 children & youth who participate in guided tours conducted by Robin.
Born in Jamaica, Evelyn moved to Hamilton from Windsor in 1989 and immediately embarked upon community building work in her new home. She continues to play a leadership role in social development, arts and culture with a strong focus on improving the wellbeing of newcomers, racialized Hamiltonians and women in the city. Evelyn has led the effort to successfully conduct Hamilton’s first women’s safety audit which resulted in the city’s adoption of policies and processes to improve designs to enhance women's safety in public spaces. She is a founding member of Elect more Women – Hamilton and worked for Status of Women Canada for two decades. She has conceptualized and co-founded the John C. Holland Awards- the region's premier Black History Month celebration.
Dr. Anne Pearson
Born in Ontario and raised in a diplomatic family, Anne spent her formative years in Paris, Mexico City, Ottawa and New Delhi. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she completed a Ph.D. (1993) in Religious Studies at McMaster University. From 1996-1998, she held a Heritage Canada post-doctoral fellowship while researching the Hindu diaspora within southern Ontario. Anne is the author of a dozen peer-reviewed scholarly publications. Between 1987 and 2016, Dr. Pearson worked first as a sessional instructor, and then an Assistant Professor at McMaster. Long-term dedication, perseverance, consistency, humility and the visionary perspective have characterized her voluntary engagements. Her leadership on interfaith issues was practiced in several contexts, including Strengthening Hamilton Community Initiative, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton Interfaith Peace Group and at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She also played leadership roles in related peace activities, for example with the Gandhi Peace Festival, Culture of Peace Hamilton and the United Nations Association of Hamilton. After the torching of the Hindu temple on Sept. 15, 2001, she worked with Rev. Paddy Doran to create the poster "An Attack on One is an Attack on Us All". She was the Lead Animator on the Working Group of the Strengthening Hamilton Community Initiative for promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding and respect.
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