Volunteers Honoured During Community Recognition Awards Presentation

Four individuals, and a community service program have been recognized with Community Recognition Awards by the City of Fredericton for freely giving countless hours of their time to serve others in the community.

Among other things, the recipients were recognized for assisting and providing Community Outreach services to individuals who are living rough in Fredericton, supporting Legion activities, supervising and assisting events to provide positive experience to trail users, as well as offering exercise classes to reduce the risk of falling for older adults.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at Fredericton City Hall attended by Mayor Kate Rogers and members of City Council.

Community Recognition Awards are targeted at individuals who work behind the scenes so that others may enjoy community based recreational/leisure activities whether they are sports, clubs, service organizations or cultural activities.

For more information on the Community Recognition Awards visit the City’s website at www.fredericton.ca/awards.

About the Recipients

Angela Hopkins has positively impacted the lives of our homeless community and their companion animals. As a community builder and entrepreneur, she provides Community Outreach services and spends countless hours each week gathering and organizing donations to distribute to individuals living rough around Fredericton. She is a well deserving recipient of this award for helping and dedicating time to serve those in need.

Sheila Porter has volunteered with the Legion and Ladies Auxiliary for the last 10 years. Sheila has received many awards and medals for her service, namely the Appreciation Award from Auxiliary and Branch, Poppy Appreciation Award, Merit Award, Secretary-Treasurer Medal, and Service Medals from both the Auxiliary and the Branch. She always goes above and beyond with a smile on her face.

Dan Comeau has showed his devotion to Veterans, his community involvements, and his dedication to the Royal Canadian Legion. He was selected as an Executive Committee in November 2021. More recently, Dan volunteered to be a Flag Bearer for the Branch Colour Party. Comeau has also been a top Poppy Volunteer for the last three years. On Thursdays, you can find him at the Branch playing cards, enjoying himself at dance on Fridays and playing Shuffleboard and Washer toss on the weekends.

Stephan Marr is the vice-president of the Fredericton Trails Coalition. Marr is also on the finance committee, regularly chairs their monthly meetings and AGM, and assists all activities and project committees to ensure they run smoothly. For the past two years, he and his wife have been delivering meals for Meals on Wheels every Friday. He brings his positive energy to the very last route each Friday, ready to help in any way. Stephen can also be seen leading rides and organizing group events with the Folks on Spokes. His presence is certainly felt community in Fredericton.

Zoomers On the Go Volunteer Leaders have played an important role in the city for many years. The program was created to reduce the risk of falling for older adults and has now expanded across New Brunswick. Zoomers leaders are required to undergo four days of training, attend continuous education sessions and a yearly CPR certification. Their team of Zoomers Leaders work hard to create a safe environment for the participants to learn about the risk of falling, and to connect and socialize with one another. Thank you to these exceptional volunteers for their excellent work!