United Way Hands Out Volunteer Awards

The United Way of KFL&A will honour its volunteers at a special Workplace Volunteers Awards luncheon at the Ramada Hotel on Tuesday.

Bell Media will host the event which will include some new awards this year including the "Voice of the Community Award" in memory of the late Greg Hinton, former General Manager of 983 FLY FM and 989 THE DRIVE  and a long-time volunteer with the United Way.

Last summer's super successful Kingston Penitentiary Tours will also receive a special award, and as per tradition, the new 2017 Volunteer Campaign Chair will be announced.

 "Volunteers are critical to the success of the campaign and are engaged at all levels of the United Way" says Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way KFLA.

"We are grateful to everyone who shares their time and talent with the United Way. The support in our community is incredible and this day is an opportunity to honour and recognize some of the volunteers who have helped make a difference in our community".

Click here for the complete list of the 2016 Workplace Volunteer Award winners.

A dedication ceremony will also be held later that afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the new Kingston Youth Shelter at 294 Elmwood Street to recognize the contributions of all who helped make it possible, including the United Way's Honourary Patron A. Britton Smith who donated $1.2-million to the project to make it happen.

The new transitional home is for homeless youth ages 16-19 and will have staff  on site offering support 24-hours a day.

"What we need is to get these kids off the street, provide a home and someone to look after them," says Mr. Smith.

Jason Beaubiah is Executive Director of Kingston Youth Shelter says "facilities like this reduce the number of youth in our shelter. Living for a time in this home will give them a supportive environment to gain the skills they need to transition to independent living."